December 30, 1932 ~ May 10, 2020

Born in: Fort Dodge, Iowa
Resided in: Redondo Beach, California

Margaret “Beverly” Ragels (87), of Redondo Beach, CA passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa on December 30, 1932, she was the daughter of Charles S. Cotant and Elizabeth (Thome) Cotant. Beverly was raised with seven siblings. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Fort Dodge, in 1950.

Beverly ventured to California when she was 18 and worked for North American Aviation. She met her husband, Leonard Ragels at a local and very popular big band hall while he was in the Navy.

Beverly and Leonard soon married and had two children. Mary Lee in 1957 followed by Michael in 1959. Having become a widow at the age of 29 in 1962, she showed great strength raising two young children on her own. Beverly married Maurice Bobb and had a son, Jeffrey in 1969.

Beverly found Christianity and sobriety in 1972 and has since been defined by her unwavering faith in our savior Jesus Christ. She was an inspiration to many, young and old, on their sobriety journey.
She shared her story modestly not knowing how much it truly helped others.
She was a member of The East Oakland Assembly Church and treasured the friendships and fellowship that developed over many years.

Beverly made a name for herself here in the South Bay by caring for children in her home. She soon received so many referrals that home became a thriving and welcoming daycare. She formed lifelong bonds with many of these children and was a true blessing to everyone she met. As these families changed and the children grew up, Beverly remained a part of many families by caring for homes and four-legged friends.

Beverly had a true zest for life. She loved the beach– the feel of warm sand on her feet and the sun on her face. She loved reading her “God Calling” devotional and often gave copies to loved ones. She was fiercely independent and will always be remembered as a kind, loving, gracious, and humble mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Beverly is survived by her daughter Mary Lee Faxon, sons Michael Ragels and Jeffrey Bobb as well as daughter-in-law Debra Tailor: sister, Kathleen Arbuthnot, grandsons, Sean Faxon, Kyle Faxon, Michael Laney, granddaughters Kelly Ross and Nicole Ragels: great grandchildren, Joseph, Paige, Ava and Caroline as well as many loving nephews and nieces.

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  1. So thankful we were able to stop in and see Sis. Beverly in February. She was so thrilled to show us her lovely apartment and sit and visit a few minutes with us. She will be forever in our hearts and minds of how to serve the Lord with quietness and grace.

    • candle 7Eric and DaVonne,
      Mom was so happy to have you visit and see her cute apartment. You’re so right. She was filled with grace and love.
      Mary Lee

  2. How we will miss our beloved friend and sister in Christ. Sis. Beverly was a constant encouragement to me as a young wife and mother as she loved children and always took time to talk with them and offer her gift of friendship. Her smile and laugh will never be forgotten as they are etched into our hearts. As the years rolled by, we grew closer and it was a joy to be able to visit her in her home on several occasions adn to be introduced to her favorite places. She loved her family and was always concerned with those suffering in any way as she had suffered much herself. I am grateful for her life and the privilege of knowing her. May her family be comforted at this time as they have lost a tower of faith and strength but rest assured that she planted many seeds of faith in prayer and they will grow and produce fruit. What a beautiful legacy!

    • candle 5Carol,
      Mom’s gift of friendship, kindness and laugh were the best. I will treasure the story you told me by phone of the car tour of the town…..driven by Mom. Thank you for sharing that with me
      Mary Lee

  3. In lieu of flowers, donations to House of Hope in San Pedro would be appreciated. Mom got her start in sobriety there in May of 1972. Giving back to others in need would be dear to her heart.
    Many thanks,
    Mary Lee

  4. Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Bev. She was a beautiful lady, full of grace and sweetness. We will miss her smile and how she always had kind words for everyone. When we saw her we loved talking with her, she had the softest voice and wonderful laugh. She was a treasure and will be dearly missed by all. Our hearts are heavy and we wish we could be there to support all the family. Please know we are there in thought, prayer and spirit.

    • Patti and Mike
      Thank you. Mom was filled with grace. Her love and laughter will be missed so much. You sharing your memories with us means so much.
      Much Love,
      Mary Lee

  5. Dear Family,
    I share your sadness for the loss of your beautiful Mother, Sister, Grandma, Great Grandma and all who knew and loved her.
    What a truly beautiful soul, with her patience and softness. I will miss her pretty gray hair bun, I loved it. I’ll miss her smile and the way she’d giggle and lean in to nudge you as we laughed.
    I pray for healing and great memories to share.
    My love to you all,

    • Arline,
      Your memories shared are beautiful! We shared laughs and tears……Mom was always there. She is missed
      Love you
      Mary Lee

  6. candle 6Beverly will be missed as we’ve known her for 45 years. She always was a Dear Thoughtul and loving soul. We could talk about anything and everything. I am grateful as we’re currently out of State for the past 4 months, and I was able to sit and talk with her and enjoyed a bite to eat together before my husband and I left. I will support her Sobriety
    In San Pedro as it showed what a strong lady she was., and that her Children meant everything to her.
    God Bless you sweet lady. I’ll miss seeing you when we return.
    R.I.P. Bevie ❤️

  7. Arline,
    Your memories shared are beautiful! We shared laughs and tears……Mom was always there. She is missed
    Love you
    Mary Lee

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