Rosalyn Beauchamp, 80, of Fairbanks, passed away, October 17, 2017, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Fairbanks, Alaska, peacefully in her sleep following a very brief and unexpected battle with ovarian cancer. She was born Rosalyn Burton on June 20, 1937, in Bell, California and reared in Riverbank. She spent many years in Turlock before moving to Camino (Apple Hill) where she lived until she left California and moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in 2004 following the death of her husband of nearly 45 years. Over the years, Rosalyn enjoyed many trips to the Hawaiian Islands, which was her favorite vacation destination. She loved being a league bowler, woodworking, toll painting, going on family camping trips, house boating, and spending sunny days on her deck with family and friends. She had been PTA President, Boy Scouts Den Mother, and Babe Ruth Snack Bar Manager. While a grade school librarian in Camino, California, she always enjoyed and cherished her monthly luncheons that she hosted at her home with her fellow coworkers and friends. She will always be remembered for her big smile and never letting anyone leave her home without being full of cookies and treats.
Rosalyn was preceded in death by her husband Donald Beauchamp; her parents Gerald and Geneva Burton; her brother Gerald Burton, Jr.; and her beloved sons Steven and Jeffrey Beauchamp.
She is survived by her son Marc (Trina) of Fairbanks, Alaska; grandchildren Cody Beauchamp of Alaska, Josée Beauchamp of New Hampshire, Cameo Townzen, Brady and Devin Beauchamp of California, ‘adopted’ grandson Eathan Campbell of Alaska, Christopher, Nicole, and Hilary Beauchamp of California; her sister Marie McAnally, of Oakdale, California; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, in-laws, and her “little sweetheart” Bichon Frise dog Coco.
During her final days on Earth, Rosalyn made it known that she did not fear death, as she had comfort due to her Christian faith and beliefs, knowing she would soon be joining her loved ones in Heaven.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to either the Fairbanks Animal Shelter (2408 Davis Road, Fairbanks, AK 99701 or www.alaskaacf.org) or the Sierra Club.
In honor of Rosalyn’s last wishes, there will not be a formal funeral service. When Rosalyn’s favorite Alaskan warm and sunny weather returns, a celebration of her life will be held at a later time in Alaska and then at California.