Beverly Joyce Coil (Haines) was born during a snowstorm at her parents’ home in Jeffersonville, Ohio on November 5, 1934. Her parents were Lester Darrell Coil and Frances Virginia Whiteside Coil. She grew up on a farm in Jeffersonville and had two brothers: Franklin Kurt Coil and Michael Kent Coil.
During high school she acted in plays, sang in chorus and was nominated queen of several festivals. She also played the clarinet.
She met her future husband Arthur Webster Haines at a 4-H Camp in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He was 16 and she was 14. He grew up on a farm in Wilmington, Ohio. They dated off and on during high school.
In college, Arthur studied physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When he graduated, he proposed marriage to Beverly and they were married Sunday, August 1, 1954, at the Friends Meeting House in Wilmington, Ohio. They drove off afterward in a Fiat convertible to honeymoon in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Beverly started college at Otterbein in Westerville, Ohio and after marrying Arthur finished her degree in elementary education at Guilford College in North Carolina. While she was finishing her degree, Arthur taught math and physics at the college. When Eleanor Roosevelt came to speak at Guilford College she had dinner and stayed overnight with Beverly and Arthur at their apartment.
Upon her graduation from Guilford College they moved to Boston, Massachusetts so that Arthur could attend the Harvard Business School in Cambridge. After graduating with a Master’s in Business Administration they moved to the Palo Alto, California area where he took a job as a sales engineer with Hewlett Packard. She worked as a teacher or librarian during those early years.
They had 4 children: Beverly Kyle Haines, Donel Arthur Haines, Barry Ray Haines and Kurt Olmsted Kingsley Haines. Unfortunately, Kurt Olmsted died in 1990 at 19 years old of an accidental drowning in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on a weekend trip while he was attending the University of California at Berkeley.
They stayed in Northern California the majority of their marriage first in Atherton and later Sacramento. Arthur loved convertible Fiats and belonged to the Fiat Club. They had many wonderful times driving around beautiful California with the club. Arthur died in 1992 at 60 from a heart attack. Beverly remained in their home until 2016 when she moved into a Board & Care in Rocklin, California.
An avid music lover, she spent her final weeks and hours tapping her toes while listening to Great American Songbook music.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial of the cremains will follow in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.