Beverly Jean Smith

Beverly Jean Smith

June 19, 1949 ~ May 25, 2020

Born in: Rochester, New York
Resided in: Laguna Hills, California

Beverly Jean Smith, age 70, was called HOME peacefully in her sleep on May 25, 2020. She was born June 19, 1949, in Rochester, New York.  She built and nurtured a tight knit family with four devoted children, Lisa Chassie, Richard Sage, John Sage, and Michael Sage, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Her life was a living example of God’s love for his children.   Ephesians 4:32 — “And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”  That was Beverly. 

Beverly loved to love on her family and friends. One of her greatest joys was hosting family gatherings, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. Everyone packed into her condo, sharing wonderful food and friendship. Her hands were rarely still, cooking pasta for the grandkids and playing the slots at Pala Casino. She was many times a lucky winner at slots and her giving heart shared those winnings with her grateful grandkids.  They knew she harbored a tender spot for each and every one of them.  Her family will forever cherish the giving, caring, loving matriarch she was.

For the past 30 years Beverly worked at RJS Insurance with her sons, Richard and John, as well as her daughter, Lisa.  It was her fierce commitment to keeping the family close that kept her going to work every day without fail.  She loved sharing her life with them and rarely missed a day of work.

She lived life to the fullest with God and family as her first priority. 

Beverly will be interred next to her beloved sister, Diana Lippa.  She is survived by her brother-in-law, David Lippa and his wife, Alida; her daughter Lisa Chassie and her husband, Mark; son John Sage and his wife Nancy; son Michael Sage; and son Richard Sage and his wife, Jennifer.  The grandchildren:  Brandon, Chris, Blake, Jonathan, Victoria, Andrew, Grant, Adam, Bella, and Sofia. Eliana and Luca are her precious great-grandchildren. 



Visitation: June 1, 2020 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

O'Connor Mortuary
25301 Alicia Parkway
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 581-4300

Room: Chapel

Graveside Service: June 1, 2020 1:00 pm

Ascension Cemetery
24754 Trabuco Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630

(949) 837-1331

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  1. Jenn & Joe Bocchino May 28, 2020 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Beverly was always a bright spot in this world.Gave the best hugs and always so inclusive. Made everyone feel like part of the family. We were blessed by her and her loving & caring nature. She will be dearly missed! Our sympathies to her entire family (kids, grands, great grands), friends and colleagues…she was loved by so many!

  2. Anthony King May 29, 2020 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    I am very fortunate to have known Beverly over the years as my sister Nancy is married to her son John. Beverly was always warm and we talked often when I would visit California regularly to see family. Our talks would often revolve around how to live life to the fullest while following scripture. Beverly stressed living life the way God wanted us to – the way we were created to. She was always warm and treated me like one of her sons. I will always miss her warm smile and kind words.

  3. LUCKY LIPPA May 30, 2020 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Bev, you were a sister-in-law that became a sister. Your kids became my kids.
    We all have a hole in our lives, in our hearts, that no one else will ever be able to fill.
    And that’s the way it should be. You are that special.
    I will miss our many chats but I will continue to call you “up there”. I will honor your memory by continuing, in my own way, to be involved in the lives of all three generations of OUR FAMILY.
    Like everyone, family, friends known and unknown, I miss you dearly. You have my eternal love.
    Requiem in Pace.
    You deserve the peace you earned many times over.
    Your brother, Dave “Lucky” Lippa

  4. Lisa Chassie May 30, 2020 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    Dear Mom,

    My heart is broken and I miss you beyond belief. I can’t image my life without you. Thank you for loving me and being a wonderful, selfless mother. What an example of love, generosity, and always caring for others you have displayed to your family. We will be grateful to you forever. I will walk every day for the rest of my life thinking of you.

    Rest In Peace My Wonderful Mother! Love your daughter Lisa.

  5. Pat Goodman May 31, 2020 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    I will miss your hugs and warm welcomes when stopping by the office.
    Rest In Peace sweet lady, Rest In Peace!

  6. Ted & Lori Asimakopoulos May 31, 2020 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Beverly was such a beautiful caring person and friend. She was always family oriented which mattered most to her and always welcomed everyone into her home with a smile and hug. Ted and I were truly blessed to have known her. We had always enjoyed seeing her with her wonderful family at Thanksgiving gatherings. We will miss her dearly, but Heaven is even luckier to have her.

    Rest in Peace Bev, you are now with Jesus and his Angels.

    Love, Ted & Lori

  7. Lauri Turek May 31, 2020 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    I have many cherished memories that I will never forget. The world has lost someone so very special. On May 25th, God called one of his special Angels home. Bev was the most kind & caring God fearing woman. I loved seeing her eyes sparkle when she talked about God. Her strong family values were an inspiration to me! Family was the most important to Bev. My deepest sympathy to all of her children, grandchildren and the rest of her family & friends. I am deeply saddened but celebrate as you are with Jesus my friend. I can only image the wind chimes in heaven…
    All my love,

  8. Susan Dias June 1, 2020 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Heaven has gained such a beautiful soul. For 29 years, Beverly was my friend, my co-worker and my family. I will miss her love, compassion, and advice so dearly. Some of the greatest lessons I learned were from her. I will always hear her in my ear saying,,, “Now, Sue…” If there was ever anyone that could truly be called selfless, it was Bev. I miss you so much, my dear friend. Rest in peace.

  9. Thalia Hernandez June 1, 2020 at 10:25 am - Reply


    I will truly miss you! I will miss you asking me how are you sweetie or giving me awesome advice and wisdom. It was a pleasure not only working with you for four great incredible years, but also getting to know you. You were not only my co-worker you were my family. You were such a kind and caring person there was not a day that I won’t think of you. I know that you saw all of us as family and you loved us all. You also showed my parents your kindness and they will miss you and are grateful they met you. We love you Beverly! Rest in paradise. Heaven has gained a true angel.

  10. Dani Lloyd June 1, 2020 at 10:34 am - Reply

    We are so lucky to have been a part of Bev’s “extended family.” Knowing her since I was a baby myself, it was so neat to be able to have her know my own baby. I will always have memories of spending Thanksgivings at her house and for her treating me as a member of the family. We love you, Bev, and hope you are at peace.

  11. Sonnie Douglas June 1, 2020 at 10:45 am - Reply

    So grateful to have known Bev…the conversations we had about family and faith will always be remembered. My thoughts and heart go out to her family.
    With love,
    Sonnie Douglas

  12. José Recinos June 3, 2020 at 10:54 am - Reply

    Recinos Trucking , our deepest condolences to her family.

  13. Manuel Palacios west Cali Transport June 3, 2020 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Remembering her wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May she rest in peace!

  14. Astghik Khachatryan June 3, 2020 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    KAAA Trucking,I am so sorry for your loss . Please accept my sincere condolences. I was the lucky person to know Ms Beverly she has wonderful and carrying personality. I will miss our phone conversations , her advices I will miss you so much my dear Ms Beverly.

  15. Robert Aslanyan June 3, 2020 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    It was a pleasure knowing her and doing business with her may she Rest In Peace 🙏🙏

  16. Gomer Topete June 3, 2020 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    GT Transport sends their condolences to the Smith family for the loss of Beverly. She was a dedicated worker with a helpful nature. She will be truly missed! Rest in Peace Beverly.

  17. Gumer & Lucy Topete June 3, 2020 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Rest In Peace Beverly! Thank you for serving us with a positive attitude and kindness! You will be truly missed!

  18. Gomer & Lucy Topete June 3, 2020 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    GT Transport sends their condolences to the Smith family for the loss of Beverly. She was a dedicated worker with a helpful nature. She will be truly missed! Rest in Peace Beverly.

  19. Robert Corral Route 66 Carriers inc. June 4, 2020 at 11:15 am - Reply

    On behalf of Route 66 Cariers Inc and family we offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends and co workers at RJS. Beverly was such a lovely person and was a pleasure talking to her. Anytime i had question i would call her and she would help resolve any issue. May she Rest in Peace.

  20. Sarabjit Singh ( Safeway Trucking) June 4, 2020 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Beverly was very helping, sweet & kind personality. We will always miss you & you support 😭.R.I.P

  21. Jose Almaguer June 5, 2020 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    From J. Almaguer Transport our deepest condolences to the family and RJS co worker’s, Beverly will be greatly missed she was always very helpful and kind always made sure to resolve any issues. RIP

  22. Bahia Express Inc. June 6, 2020 at 11:14 am - Reply

    On behalf of Bahia Express Inc. Beverly was an amazing soul. My condolences goes out to her family and loved ones. She always had that sweetness and willing to go above and beyond to help you. Rest In Peace Beverly.

  23. Julia June 8, 2020 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Beverly, I’ve been reflecting on our time together. You were part of my life for almost 17 years. I keep on thinking, “what was she to me because she wasn’t my friend.” You were MORE than that Bev. You gave me so much great advice over the years and when you saw me down, you’d help me up. When I felt I was alone and just didn’t know where to turn, you reminded me that our God has me and you’d take me into an empty office and pray over me and my kids. You were also tough on me when I needed it and I love you for that. You helped me grow. You watch my kids grow up, welcomed us in your home for holidays and events and even helped my kids with homework at times. I am forever thankful to our God that he gave me the privilege to have you in our lives. I love you and miss you. Rest in Peace Beverly.

  24. Mann Family June 11, 2020 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    My dear condolences to the Smith family and all friends of Beverly. In the past few years she always talked with a nice and caring personality. Heaven has gained an angel.

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