Obituary: Elaine (White) Beals, 93

by Beth Melo on August 31, 2016

Elaine (White) Beals, 93, died Sunday August 21, 2016 after a short period of failing health. She was the wife of the late Philip C. Beals who died in 2008.

A memorial service in Southborough is being planned for some time in October. Burial will be private. Arrangements under the direction of the William R. Short and Son Funeral Home ( of Marlborough.

(Obituary via and Metrowest Daily News)

[Editor’s Note: For readers who aren’t aware, Elaine Beal (and her late husband Philip) made an important, amazingly generous contribution to the preservation of Southborough’s open space.

As explained in Philip’s obituary:

In the 1950s and 60s, he and his wife purchased 190 acres abutting their farm to keep developers at bay. All the land now is protected by permanent conservation restrictions, a lasting tribute to Beals conservation ethic and love for his town.

56 acres of that land is the Beals Preserve gifted to the Southborough Open Land Foundation.]

1 Sharon September 2, 2016 at 2:49 PM

Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Beals for their very generous donation of land. I occasionally have the opportunity to walk on these trails and always enjoy it.

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