Beverly Full, a longtime activist and organizer for progressive and environmental causes, died August 10, 2022. Born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1929, Beverly graduated from the University of Illinois, married, and earned a Masters in Education from the University of Iowa. She raised her two children, Diana and Bill, in Iowa City and taught public school there for many years. Her activism began in college, when she created the Youth for Wallace group, to support Henry Wallace’s third-party presidential campaign. Her beloved sister, Joan Jones Holtz, has been a longtime partner in her political and environmental activism. Beverly was the Democratic chairwoman for Johnson County in Iowa, a member of the Iowa State Democratic Central Committee, and in 1984 she was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She campaigned for many Democratic candidates and met Presidents Truman, Johnson and Carter. Beverly was an intrepid hiker and climber throughout her life and continued to camp and hike well into her 90s. Over the past 20 years, she and her partner, Jim Wilkey, have led more than 60 multi-day group canoeing, hiking and camping expeditions on the Green, Colorado and San Juan Rivers. She had a trip planned for the spring of 2022 and was very disappointed to miss leading this last trip when she was due to start chemo. She volunteered with the Sierra Club for many years and started the local Sierra Club groups in Iowa City, Dana Point, CA (Sierra Sage) and Scottsdale, AZ (Saguaro Group) and organized and led many outings of the Sierra Club. After moving to California in 1986, she became a member of the executive and political committees of the state’s Sierra Club. Along with her family and friends, she has climbed all of the “fourteeners” (the 55 mountains in Colorado that rise to over 14,000 feet). She is survived by her children, Diana Kersten and Bill Kersten, her two grandchildren, Lacey Kersten and Lucas Austin, her sister Joan Jones Holtz and her partner Jim Wilkey. A celebration of Bev’s life is planned for a later date. For those who wish to remember Bev, a donation may be made in her memory to the Sierra Club Foundation, Grand Canyon Chapter at 514 W Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
Posted on September 07, 2022
Posted in The Arizona Republic