Beverly Libby

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Beverly Libby, 89
SCARBOROUGH - Beverly Libby, born Beverly Ann Deschenes, passed from this life Dec. 3, 2017, with the perigee moon to light her way forward. She had just celebrated her 89th birthday with family and close friends.
Beverly was raised at the foot of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, N.H., by parents Horace A. Deschenes and Rachel Thomasson Deschenes. From Pori, Finland, via Ellis Island and Fitchburg, Mass., Rachel (born Rauha) landed in Jaffrey, where she met her handsome French firefighter at a local dance. Beverly was their only child and grew up among her father's nine siblings, three of whom lived on a nearby working farm in the big brick farmhouse on the hill. She spent much of her childhood there while her folks toiled to beat back the destitution of the Great Depression.
In the context of Catholicism, this background instilled Beverly with austerity, industry and a desire to serve. Contagious enthusiasm, kind generosity, a keen intelligence and tenacity rounded out her persona.
A Conant High School mentor encouraged Beverly to apply to Colby College, an extremely lofty goal for the place and time. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa; then went on to train in nursing at Maine General Hospital in Portland. She progressed swiftly through to surgical supervisor and instructor in nursing, known to her trembling students as "The DI."
During nursing school, Beverly caught the eye of the best pal of her roommate's beau. Bev and Jim Libby were married two years later during Hurricane Edna. They eventually had a son they named Kenneth Deschenes Libby for Jim's best friend after he died in the crash of Piedmont Flight 349 into Buck's Elbow Mountain in Virginia.
Bev went from educating nurses to greater Portland public school students. While at Portland High, she coached the swim team to three state championships out of her five years there. She closed out her career at Scarborough High School, where she started at the beginning of Ken's senior year there. She was known for her dynamic and often theatrical methods, which served to endear her to legions of Romance language students.
Beverly wholeheartedly embraced the beach life at Higgins after convincing her Jimmie to join a handful of year-round residents. Over a four-year period, and with loving help from many relatives and friends, among them Bev's uncles and aunts and Jim's brother John, Jim raised a fine ranch style home of his own design and labor. Beverly swam and rode the waves well into October. She ran barefoot before dawn, usually with a brick in each hand, into November. She delighted in acquainting their many visitors with her coastal stamping grounds.
Beverly was an avid tennis player and a Nastar recreational ski racing national champion.
Beverly rejoins Jim, whom she lost in 2012, and is survived by Ken, his wife Kenna Kelley Libby, and their children Gannon, Emma and Ian Meister, and Rosalie Grace Libby, of Denver.
The family is most grateful for the skill and professionalism of the Maine Medical Center staff, as well as that of the Tucson Medical Center. Bev was somewhat physically compromised for the last three years by a stroke, but also greatly enriched by the devoted caregivers of the Barron Center.
Funeral services will be held at Holy Cross Church, South Portland, on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to
Hobbs Funeral Home,
South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at:

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South Portland, ME 04106-3802
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 6, 2017
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