Memorial services for Beverly Mae (Broers) Edwards, 84, Lawrence will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Eudora. Burial will follow at Eudora Cemetery in Eudora, KS. She passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.
Beverly was born on September 12, 1934 in Eudora, KS, the daughter of Clarence E. and M. Lucille (Nuttall) Broers.
She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Eudora. Beverly was very active in the Sunday school, church choir. She played the organ and piano at church for several years.
Beverly worked for the First National Bank in Lawrence and Kaw Valley State Bank in Eudora (1952-54). She then worked for the Eudora School District as secretary of the Elementary School, and later as Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools (1962-1990). During that time, she also served as financial officer for the Board of Education in Eudora.
She married John W. “Bill” Edwards, Jr. on February 18, 1954 in Eudora, KS. Beverly and Bill built their own home together in 1964 at 15th and Main in Eudora. Together, they enjoyed traveling, fishing, going out to eat, and epic card games with their grandchildren. Beverly’s favorite trips were to Colorado, Wisconsin, and Hawaii. She loved flowers, reading, cross-stitch, high heeled shoes, family dinners, and dancing. Proverbs 27:9 says, “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul” – Beverly treasured her friendships and was a cherished friend to many throughout her life.
Beverly is survived by her husband, Bill, and daughter Marilyn (Patrick) Parker of Lawrence, Kansas. Other survivors include her beloved grandsons; Jason (Adrienne) Dunavin of Lawrence, Kansas, Keith (Amie) Dunavin of Manhattan, Kansas, and Dr. Neil Dunavin of Kansas City, Missouri. She leaves 5 great-grandchildren: Kailey, Ella, Alex, Lilah, and Evelyn. She is also survived by her sisters Jeanette (Duane) Betterman, Superior, WI, Marjorie Coleman, Eudora, and her nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard “Dick” Edwards, brother, Robert V. Long, and sister, Shirley Rutherford.
The family will greet friends from 1:00 ~ 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 also at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Eudora.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Great Lakes Hospice or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary. Our family is grateful to the staff who cared for Beverly for many years at Pioneer Ridge. Special thanks to the staff of Great Lakes Hospice for their support and care.