Beverly Ann (Sturgis) Lacks of Hull passed away at home with her family by her side on December 4, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer. Daughter of the late Richard V. Sturgis and Alice F. (Jarvis) Sturgis. Beloved mother of Lee T. Lacks of South Portland, ME, Derek M. Lacks of Duxbury, MA, and Jon P. Lacks of Bend, OR. Beverly was born in Dorchester on April 25, 1947, and lived on the South Shore for most of her life.
She graduated from Mount Saint Mary College in Hooksett, NH, and earned her masters in elementary education from Bridgewater State University. Beverly devoted her life to caring for others, be it family, friends, or members of her community. She taught in the Scituate Public School system prior to taking a position with Friends of the Unborn in Quincy, where she helped young women and children in need for over twenty years. A ray of sunshine to all who knew her, Beverly’s sweet and gentle nature belied a fiercely resilient spirit. Even in her battle against multiple myeloma, she considered her fellow person by agreeing to take part in a number of experimental studies and clinical trials, which have provided researchers with vital information in their efforts to eradicate this rare form of cancer.
Beverly is survived by her loving sons, Lee Todd, Derek, and Jon; her older brother, Richard P. Sturgis; her lifelong friend, Judith A. Moriarty; her nieces, Heidi Sturgis Cerullo and Rachel Sturgis Haley; and her grandchildren, Dylan O’Reilly-Lacks, Lachlan O’Reilly-Lacks, Dominick Lacks, and Jon Charles Lacks; along with an extensive family of cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Cohasset, MA. Interment will be at Woodside Cemetery in Cohasset. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Beverly’s name.
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