Beverly Jean Sorensen of Santa Ana, California and beloved matriarch of the Sorensen, Carter, and Purcell Family, passed away on December 2, 2022.
Beverly was born in Pontiac, Michigan, on October 26, 1935, to Agnes VanderWerven Balmer and Melvin Balmer. The new family went on to reside in Waterford, Michigan, in their own home which was handcrafted for them by Melvin’s woodworking skills and included a well-used wooden swing bench with an A-frame in the back yard. The family was kept warm and comfortable during the frosty winter months by using the stove in the basement next to the coal shoot. Beverly became a wonderful big sister and helped her mother to care for both of her younger siblings, brother Ronald Gus and sister Terri Lynn. As a teenager her attentive baby-sitting skills were often sought after by the neighbors.
During her time at Waterford Township High School, she met her future husband, Donald Huemiller. Shortly after graduating, they were married and started a family of their own with the birth of a son, Cris Donald, and daughter Bonnie Ann. Beverly was now a loving wife, resolute mother, and efficient Data Processing Supervisor for the Computer Control Corporation.
After the children were grown and the home seemed empty, Beverly was fortunate and she met the true love of her life, Carl Christian Sorensen. They were married and settled in Carl’s home state of California where they expanded their family to welcome Carl’s sweet daughter Kelley Sue.
They settled in Fullerton, California, close to Beverly’s new job within the music division of Yamaha Corporation in Buena Park. Carl was employed as a Large Fleet Truck Sales Manager for General Motors Corporation. Carl’s valuable business skills were in demand which resulted in GM transferring Carl and Beverly to other states. These transfers moved them from living in California, to Beverly’s hometown of Waterford, this time in a beautiful lakefront home which availed them to enjoy plenty of boating and fishing activities. From there they were transferred to North Carolina, Northern California, and finally back to Southern California, where they purchased a house in Santa Ana.
During this time, the families were once again expanding, and Carl and Beverly were blessed with Married Adult Children, eight Grandchildren, and three Great Grandchildren.
Sadly, Carl passed away far too soon. Beverly pressed on with life and celebrated the important milestones and activities of her Grandchildren. She volunteered many hours at both the Orange Senior Center and Tustin Area Women’s Club. At the Club, she loved helping with the Annual Charity Fashion Show which helped to provide funding for young College bound students. At the Center she led the Triple Deck Pinnacle Card Games and was known for being a formidable opponent.
She enjoyed living her later years at Freedom Village in Lake Forest where she spent many hours helping her newfound friends to put together some incredibly challenging puzzles. She will be dearly missed, and her surviving family wants to thank all the kind and generous souls who helped her to be comfortable in her final days.