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Beverly Jean (Bowman) Putnam, 75, of Great Mills, Md., passed peacefully on Oct. 1, 2012 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

Beverly was born on July 15, 1937 in Kankakee, Ill., to the late Nicholas Bowman and Bessie Gertrude (Irvine) Bowman.

Beverly grew up in Kankakee, Ill., graduating from the University of Illinois in 1959. She raised her two daughters in various parts of the country while loyally serving as the wife of a career Naval Aviator. The family settled down in Great Mills, Md., when husband Wayne retired after 30 years of service to our country.

She enjoyed most of all spending time with her family and friends. Beverly spent numerous years reuniting with her Chi Omega sorority sisters all over the country over the past 50 years. She enjoyed cooking wonderful meals for all who would partake, shopping for the best deal of the century and overall just having fun. Beverly touched the lives of many people and her kind heartedness, radiance and grace will be missed tremendously.

She is survived by her devoted and loving husband, Wayne A. Putnam; daughters, Diana Moeller (Chuck) of Gloucester, Va., Debra Lyn Zurkowski (Robert) of Hollywood, Md.; three grandchildren, Michael Zurkowski, Matthew Zurkowski, and Megan Zurkowski; one step-granddaughter, Rebecca Kelly Moeller, and four step-great-grandchildren, Destiny Moeller, Brittany Bowles, Amber Bowles, and Cassie Bowles. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her sister, Ellie (Bowman) McBroom.

Family will receive friends for Beverly’s Life Celebration on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 from 5-7 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, Md. 20650. Prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43927 St. John’s Road, Hollywood, Md. 20636. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650.

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Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, Md.