Beverly J. MacLeod

HARRISON — Beverly June Whitton MacLeod, 70, a 31-year resident of Harrison, suffered a heart attack Sunday morning in her home and was life-flighted to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where she died on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, with her loving husband and family by her side.

She was born in Portland on Oct. 5, 1941, and resided on Peaks Island throughout her childhood. She was the daughter of Meldeau (deceased) and Gladys (deceased) Hoar Whitton; and is survived by her sister, Marlene Whitton Thibeault of Standish, and her brother, Meldeau “Sonny” Whitton of Cumberland. Her sister Cheryl Whitton Dennison is deceased and formerly of South Portland and Bangor.

Beverly married, the first time, at a young age and started raising a family with Benjamin O’Reilly Jr. on Cliff Island. It was then that she gave birth to her sons, Benjamin Hammond O’Reilly III of Harrison, Brian Gordon O’Reilly of Westbrook, Shawn Michael O’Reilly of Palmetto, Fla., and a daughter, Kelly Jean O’Reilly Profenno of Freeport.

Beverly will be missed by all who knew her, but especially by her husband and soul mate of 43 years, Myles “Rusty” Kenneth MacLeod.

On June 1, 1968, Beverly began her second marriage with her true love and lifelong partner. With Myles, she gave birth to three more daughters — Michelle Kendra MacLeod Saylor of Meredith, N.H., Melanie Rae MacLeod Wooster of Harrison and Miranda Lee MacLeod, also of Harrison.

Together, Beverly and Myles endured the ups and downs of life, marriage and raising children.

She loved to entertain and have her family and friends around her. A short list of those people included her loving husband; three siblings; seven children and their spouses; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; numerous cousins; nieces, and nephews; as well as her dog, Nakita.

Beverly was creative, talented, and resourceful. She could sew beautiful wedding gowns for her daughters, cut firewood on her own even if it was a board her husband had planned to use for furniture building, knit blankets for her grandchildren, cook and bake for 60 people without blinking an eye, garden, waitress, care for the elderly, work in retail, cheer for the Red Sox, cheer for her children and grandchildren in any sport they play, drink coffee with friends and talk for hours, do arts and craft projects with her grandchildren, and the list just keeps going.

In her lifetime, Beverly raised her children currently ranging in ages from 34 to 54, her children’s friends, and their friends’ children. Ultimately, what she did best was love and be loved. Live, love, and laugh.

At Beverly’s request, there was a gathering to celebrate her life at 1179 Edes Falls Road, Harrison, on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, from 1 until 6 p.m.; words of love and encouragement were at 2:30 p.m., followed by visiting hours.

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