Beverly Ann Delwiche


Beverly Ann Delwiche, of Paso Robles, daughter of Norwegian immigrant parents Harald and Gurine Sjovold, died Oct. 27 at Twin Cities Community Hospital, exactly a month before her 88th birthday. She was born Nov. 27, 1930, at St. Francis Hospital, Santa Barbara, graduated Santa Barbara High School and Woodbury’s Business College.

She worked in the banking industry before marrying Jules Delwiche Jr., in April, 1954 at the Santa Barbara Mission, and lived on the Rincon Ranch in Carpinteria. They raised five daughters, Karen, Vivian, Anne, Beverly, and Barbara.

In 1965 she and her family moved to Paso Robles, where she was a cattleman’s wife on the Rio Vista Ranch near Whitley Gardens, later the Big Sandy Ranch in Indian Valley with a cow-calf operation and Belgian Draft horses. She was active in school events at St. Rose, Shandon 4-H, and Paso Robles FFA, and the San Luis Obispo CattleWomen, and enjoyed helping her children and grandchildren at brandings, parades, and other ranching related activities.

Beverly was fun-loving, vivacious, and full of pep, whether it was growing up reconnoitering the beaches of Santa Barbara, water skiing at Lake Nacimiento, traveling to Catalina Island, living on Paradise Road, navigating the Kings, Stanislaus, or Columbia Rivers, taking cross-country flights to support and attend important events for her family, living at Bass Lake, or making pilgrimages to Big Sky Country near Havre, where her father homesteaded in 1920. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, canasta, dominoes, crosswords, and jigsaw puzzles. Never bashful or taciturn, she called it as she saw it, in a loving and guiding manner.

She was predeceased by her husband, Jules, in 2002, and is survived by five daughters, Karen Von Dollen (Steve) of Cambridge, Wisconsin, Vivian Robertson of Paso Robles, Anne Delwiche of Paso Robles, Beverly Gingg of San Luis Obispo, and Barbara Edelman of Templeton, 13 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren, along with a brother, Carl, of Santa Barbara. Her brothers Harold and Arve are recently deceased.

Graveside funeral services are private family, with burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Donations to: Paso Robles Pioneer Museum, 2010 Riverside Ave., Paso Robles, CA 93446, or Rios-Caledonia Adobe, Friends of the Adobes, Inc., PO BOX 326, San Miguel, CA 93451.

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