'Huge loss for our profession:' Family and co-workers mourn after longtime Duke Regional nurse dies of COVID-19

Posted December 8, 2020 5:46 a.m. EST
Updated December 8, 2020 4:53 p.m. EST

— North Carolina has suffered through weeks of increased COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. WRAL News has learned that Reba Beavers, a 73-year-old former Duke Regional Hospital nurse, has died from COVID-19. Her family, friends and co-workers remember her as an exceptional woman and dedicated local nurse.

Beavers, who was still working at the hospital part-time as an operations administrator, passed away on Nov. 29.

Beavers worked as a registered nurse at Watts Hospital, Durham County General, Durham and Duke Regional Hospital for 43 years.

She was a member of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in Durham and loved to watch Duke basketball and football.

Sherry Warren who worked alongside Beavers as a nurse and served on the board with her at the Watts School of Medicine, remembers her as "a wonderful nurse."

"I was just shocked. I was speechless. I was sad. I immediately thought that our profession has lost someone who contributed for over 40 years in so many aspects," Warren told WRAL News. "It’s just a huge, huge loss for our profession. She was an incredible role model, and incredible friend."

Duke Health provided WRAL with the following statement:

“Duke Health has a long-standing commitment to the health and well-being of our team members, especially in these challenging times. As this pandemic continues to exact a toll on our nation, state and community, we are making every effort to provide the support that all of our team members need to continue the heroic work they do.”

Sandy Triplett was co-worker of Beavers and knew her before they began working closely together in IT.

"Reba was she was very smart. She was very humble," Triplett told WRAL news. "Everybody went to Reba for advice."

A memorial service will be held sometime after the pandemic, officials said. Online condolences can be made at

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