ASHLAND – Beverly Heaton Kimball, 68, of Eastham and formerly Ashland, passed away on December 4th in Eastham with her loving husband, Russell, by her side.
The daughter of Richard Harry Heaton and Bernice Marble Heaton, Beverly grew up in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School, Class of 1970 followed by Bates College with honors in English in 1974.
After teaching language arts for three years at Plymouth-Carver Intermediate School, Beverly attended Boston University and earned an M.Ed. in special education in 1978. She then worked as a special educator at Raymond J. Grey JHS from 1978 to 1995.
Following their dreams to live and work on the Cape, in 1995 Bev and Russ moved to Eastham. Russ founded a flight school, Race Point Aviation in Provincetown while Bev became Director of Project Forward, a nationally recognized program for students with complex learning difficulties at Cape Cod Community College. From 1995 to 2005, she was director, student advisor and instructor. Under her leadership, PF became a nationally recognized school to work transition program for young adults with disabilities. Working with high school teachers, parents, community leaders, and local employers, her program expanded from 12 to over 200 students within a decade and became a model of collaboration, empowering the lives of many students.
While living on the Cape Bev and Russ created many happy memories gathering with family and friends. They shared a passion for dogs, training three to become certified therapy dogs with the Companion Animal Program of CC. Beverly was an active visitor at Orleans Senior Center, and worked for several years coordinating a therapy dog program for elementary school students in the Dennis-Yarmouth regional schools.
In 2015 Bev graduated from the Four Winds Society and received her certification as a shamanic energy healer. An artist in watercolor and stained glass, she was also a certified Reiki Master. Bev journaled avidly and was an author; the second enhanced edition of her book, Sometimes the Magic Works :A Synchronistic Journey (2003) will be published posthumously in 2021
In addition to her husband, Beverly is survived by her siblings, Richard H. Heaton and his wife Jean of Bolton, MA, and Nancy Heaton Lonstein and her husband Jeffrey of Westborough, MA, and Donald Heaton of Hopkinton, along with many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life shared on Zoom to be announced.
Donations in Beverly’s memory may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LLS-New England, P.O. Box 22471, New York, NY 10087-2471 or the First Parish Brewster, 969 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631 where she was an active member for many years.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Matarese Funeral Home, Ashland, MA