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Beverly Jayne Townsend

July 13, 1943 ~ September 16, 2018 (age 75)


Passed in peace at her home in Falls Church, VA on September 16, 2018 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. John M. Hejl and her husband of 48 years, Frank Townsend. She is survived by her mother Dorthy Hejl, sister Linda (Dave) Dixon, son Wade (Shawna) Townsend, daughter Wendy (Steve) Sisson, grandchildren Zack, Kacie, Devin and Ryan, and her nieces and nephews and their families.

Born in Bryan, Texas, she spent the majority of her life in Northern Virginia and Ocean City, Maryland. She was a long-time substitute teacher in Prince William County, focusing on special education students and at-risk youth. As the Secretary of the Ocean City Drug and Alcohol Committee, Bev passionately supported the PLAY IT SAFE program. She was a graduate of the Ocean City Citizen’s Police Academy and participated in the Department’s neighborhood watch program, public service announcements, and preparedness drills. She hosted an annual National Night Out event in her beloved Gullway Villas community. Bev was an avid Washington sports fan and a long-time Redskins season ticket holder.

The Townsend family would like to thank the many doctors, nurses, and hospital staff at Walter Reed for the treatment and support shown to Bev and her family during her illness. 

The Townsend family will hold a Celebration of Life at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 West Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA 22302 from 11 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, September 22, 2018. A private interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Henry M. Jackson Foundation – Clinical Breast Care Project at Walter Reed (Attn: Alison Combs) or Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association.

Donations may be made to:

Henry M. Jackson Foundation
Tel: 1-240-694-2209

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