After a valiant fight with pneumonia and multiple myeloma that lasted almost 19 years, Beverly Zimmerman Salasky succumbed June 17, 2021. A lifelong Texan, born in Dallas, Texas on May 6, 1950. Her formative years were spent at Preston Forest with her parents, Milton and Shirley Zimmerman. After Hillcrest High School, she headed to Austin and the University of Texas.
In 1972 Beverly accepted a teaching job in Atlanta and soon met the love of her life, Jackson, a law student from Virginia. After a long courtship, they married in 1977 and made Dallas their home. Their daughter Lauren came into her life in 1979. Beverly’s close friends and family called her “The Babaleta.” The nickname was inspired by Jackson’s friend from Italy as he referred to his wife as beautiful baby doll in Italian: “The Babaleta.” In no time did she become The Babaleta to all, including her grandsons.
Once our daughter Lauren began school, Beverly went back to teaching, first at the Temple Emanuel Pre School followed by many years at Levine Academy. Where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2009. She retired in 2015 and began to spend more and more time with her three grandsons, Benny, Henry and Joey as they moved from Nyack, NY to San Antonio and finally St. Louis.
Beverly found out she had multiple myeloma the day after Lauren had left Dallas for graduate school in Los Angeles in 2002. For 10 years it was not a major factor in her everyday life. In 2015 she endured a stem cell transplant followed by years of regular chemotherapy. It was only by virtue of the efforts of Dr. Madhuri Vusirikala (Dr. V) at UT Southwestern that she was able to lead a full and protective until the beginning of 2021. Dr. Joel Roffman counseled and consoled Beverly and Jackson almost daily for the past year never allowing her to be anything but positive.
Beverly reveled in seeing her former students in the mall or grocery store and always attended their dance recitals and sports games. The only thing that made her happier was cooking for her grandsons in their home or hers.
Lauren and her husband, Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham make their home in St. Louis where he is a rabbi at Congregation B’nai Amoona.
She is survived by her sister Cheryl and Paul Rodbell of Atlanta and her sister in law Marilyn and Ken Siegel of Virginia Beach.
A graveside ceremony will be held at the Shearith Israel Cemetery, 4634 Dolphin Road with Rabbi Ari Sunshine and Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham officiating Friday June 18, 2021 at 11:00 am.
Memorial contributions can be made to Levine Academy in the Early Childhood Deparment: 18011 Hillcrest Road in Dallas, Texas 75252.
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