Beverly Joan Rabideau McLaughlin


Beverly was the fifth of eight children born to Harry Earl "Pip" Rabideau and Irene Marjorie Fisher Rabideau in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Her husband, Lt. Col. (Ret) Robert Clark "Corky" McLaughlin, died Feb. 28, 2019. She is survived by her three sons, Robert Clark of Salt Lake City, Utah, Thomas O of Arlington, Texas, and granddaughter Paige from Houston, Texas, and Richard Roland of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and grandsons Micheal and Kyle from Texas and a daughter, Tamera Ann of Oldsmar, Fla. Beverly died from a stroke, a complication of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and high blood pressure due to a lifetime of smoking cigarettes.
She is survived by her sister, Sandra Rabideau Klyber and her late husband Charles Klyber with their children, Keven, Korby, Karla and Kimee of Springfield, Ill., her brother Richard and his wife Dixie and their children, Douglas, Bonnie, Jackie, their two late sons, Tim and Gary of Springfield, Ill. Brother Gary Rabideau and his wife Karen, their children, Kimberly and Steven of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Brother Grant of Plattsburgh, N.Y. Brother Roland and his wife Eta have preceded her in death; their children, John, Daniel, and Jackie of Florida. Her sister Shirley and her husband Stanley Wood preceded her in death; their sons, Stanley Wood of Glens Falls, N.Y., and Steven Wood of Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Beverly graduated from D'youville Academy in Plattsburgh, N.Y. She married Corky McLaughlin in 1956. Corky was a bomber pilot in the Strategic Air Command stationed at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. As a military family they relocated to and from Carswell AFB in Texas, Bunker Hill AFB in Indiana and Plattsburgh AFB, eventually retiring in Arlington, Texas. In addition to raising three boys and a girl she volunteered for various charitable organizations in the military including the American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. She loved bowling, flea markets, garage sales, estate auctions and a good cup of coffee. Much of her furniture and her full bookshelves were obtained on Saturday morning hunts. She used her considerable sewing skills to reupholster and refurbish her booty. During her lifetime she never lost her love of her home town and of the Adirondack Mountains.
Thanks to the considerable efforts and sacrifice of her sons Thomas and Richard, Beverly's last days were spent as she wished at home and not in an "Old Folks Home."
Calling hours will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at the Brown Funeral Home, Plattsburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 12 p.m. at St. Peter's Church, Plattsburgh. Burial will be at a later date in the parish cemetery.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home, 29 Broad St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901, (518) 561-3980. Online condolences may be offered at
Published on March 20, 2019
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