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Beverly Gail (Ilk) Sinker

Camarillo, CA

Beverly Sinker passed away peacefully on May 21 at home with husband John at her side. Beverly was born in Plainfield New Jersey as the only child to Richard and Letitia Ilk. After graduating from Plainfield schools, Beverly enrolled at Newark State Teachers College, which became Kean University. While at Newark, she met John, an Engineering student, AT A BUS STOP. They married 2 1/ 2 years later after she graduated. Beverly began teaching at the Plainfield elementary school she attended. After moving to California and as the family grew, Beverly obtained her Master’s Degree in Special Education. She was a Special Day Class and Resource teacher for 19 years. Beverly was a born teacher. She was patient and loving with a great nurturing spirit and always believed in the potential of her students. One of her proudest moments was when she worked closely with a student, who otherwise may not have a chance at further education, would not only get into high school, but graduate!

After starting a family in New Jersey, Beverly had an opportunity to go on a business trip with John to San Juan, Puerto Rico for over a month. Returning home to snow, Beverly asked “why can’t we move to a warmer climate”? A few years later, they had the opportunity to move to Camarillo, where they have resided since.
Once in California, Beverly and family enjoyed touring the state, including camping in the high Sierras. Later, besides spending much time with family at their vacation home in Rancho Mirage, they enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and various resorts in Mexico. They especially enjoyed Cabo San Lucas where they vacationed several times a year.

Besides shopping and traveling, Beverly really enjoyed her antiques. She added to her collection of antique dining room pieces, STANGL pottery, Hummel birds and pieces, , imported dishes and silverware, dolls, and collectables from the east coast with antique furniture, many varieties of clocks, dolls, teddy bears, etc. that she collected in California. She enjoyed going for an afternoon ride around Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, particularly along the ocean, dining at different restaurants, often with friends, and shopping.

Although they had 3 children of their own, Beverly always said “we have 5 children”, as they raised their two grandchildren. Besides her career as an excellent teacher, Beverly always knew that family came first. It is that dedication that brought our grandchildren to our home to raise as our own.

Besides husband John, Beverly is survived by daughters Cynthia L. Sinker in Camarillo, Kristie-Anna Ellis in Orange County and son Douglas J. in L.A., as well as Granddaughters Brittanie R. in Camarillo and Brianna M. in Port Hueneme.

Beverly will always be remembered by her family and friends for her warm and loving spirit, her kindness and her generosity of heart. She was so devoted to all of them and dedicated to making this world a kinder, gentler place.

The family wishes to thank the full time caregivers Helen and Rebecca, and Usha, Nicolette, Lucy and Steve from Community Hospice for their dedicated help with Beverly.

In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of Beverly, may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

A Celebration of Life is planned for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 8 at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo, and continuing after.

You may contact John at (805) 482-2552 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for details.

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