Beverly Hocking Case

  • Wednesday May 31, 2017
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April 3, 1925 – March 18, 2017

Community ally Beverly Mae Hocking died peacefully in the Hillsborough home she shared with her "surrogate daughter," Darlene Popovic.

Bev earned a degree in public speaking from UC Berkeley in 1945. While there she stage-managed the theatre department, accompanied the boy's glee club, and played bass in the Cal symphony.

After studying accounting at Northwestern University, in Chicago, she moved to New York to work for Price Waterhouse. Returning to San Francisco, she worked for Macy's, where she met Robert C. Case. They married in 1948 at Grace Cathedral and had three sons, Robert C. Case Jr., Steven B. Case, and John H. Case.

Bev sang with, directed, and choreographed for the women's harmony group Sweet Adelines. The couple relocated to Kansas City, then back to Hillsborough in 1971. With singer/comedienne Darlene Popovic, she collaborated on chapter shows nationally for seven years, eventually playing Royal Albert Hall in London. Bev encouraged Dar to begin performing locally, becoming her mentor and coach.

While on the board of 42nd St. Moon, Bev produced a successful fundraising tribute to Bob Grimes.

Bev was a class act; her humor, determination, and generosity will be missed by her family and many friends.