Beverly M. Edwards

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.


13 Condolences

  1. Ben Erwin on January 10, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Marilyn and Jojn I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your wife and mother, prayers of peace and comfort for all of her family during this difficult time.

  2. Joe and Donna Ketchum on January 11, 2019 at 5:53 am

    John, Marilyn, Margie and family – we are saddened by the loss of your wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Beverly was a nice person and will be missed by not only her family but her many friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. Jim & Nancy Reese on January 11, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Our condolences go out to Beverly’s family. We recall 25 years ago when Bill and Beverly built a country home next to the house we were building at the same time. Time flies with many visits over the fence. We also recall how cheerful Beverly was at Pioneer Ridge when we visited there. Fond memories of the past. Deepest sympathy from Jim & Nancy

  4. Lisa Eitner on January 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Dear Bill,
    My mother Irene and I so much enjoyed knowing Beverly – and you – these past several years at Pioneer Ridge and sharing meals together.
    Our sincere sympathy to you and your family,
    Lisa Eitner and Irene Eitner

  5. Bob and Vickie Dingman on January 15, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Beverly fought the good fight. You were by her side all the way.
    Sincere sympathy.

  6. Judy and Jon Pahos on January 15, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to all of Beverly’s family, especially to our good friends Jeanette and Duane Betterman, sister and brother-in-law of Beverly May God be with you all.

  7. Dianne Williams on January 15, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Marilyn I am so sorry about your mom. Sounds like an amazing lady.

  8. Noreen Thompson on January 16, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Dear Marilyn and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of this loss. Enjoyed reading about your very special and dear mother.

  9. Pastor Shan McAleer on January 16, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I had the pleasure of visiting with Beverly when I became Pastor of St. Paul UCC in Eudora. Folks may not know that the ramp into the back entrance of the church was inspired by our talks in hope that someday she might share time with us at church. If the family is open to it, I would love to have a remembrance placed on the ramp in her honor. Blessings to all of the family.

  10. Caitlin Kinsey on January 17, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Rest In Peace Aunt Beverly. Will cherish all the memories of coming to visit in the summer as a kid! Love you!

  11. Nancy Porter, CMA on January 18, 2019 at 4:17 am

    It was an honor to take care of Beverly and become her friend for so many years. We had a lot of laughter and many good talks. I”ll always cherish the quilt she worked on. May God walk with your family during this difficult time.

  12. Kitzy Parker on January 18, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Thinking of you all and extending our deepest sympathy. She will live on in your hearts & in the cherished memories you have created together. All of our LOVE , Kitzy & Bob Parker

  13. Lorene Cox on January 18, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    To Marilyn and family, Beverly sang at our wedding in 1953. She was such a caring friend. We had many early memories together. She will be missed. Our condolences. Howard and Lorene Cox

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