Beverly Irene Burns

February 3, 1952February 26, 2018

Beverly “Bev” Irene Burns, 66, of Ames, IA, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. A visitation will be held at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St., Ames, IA 50010) from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, 2018 followed by a funeral service at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow services in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.

Beverly was born on February 3, 1952 in Omaha, Nebraska to Millard and Irene (Gere) Burns, she grew up in Ames, graduated from Ames High school in 1970, following graduation she went on to attend Iowa State University to obtain her degree in Education with a focus on History.

Bev worked as a cashier for Warehouse Market for many years, and then as a clerk for the Ames City Employees Credit Union, most recently she was employed by Highness Allstate Insurance as a customer service representative.

Bev was a warm and caring person, she held a special place in her heart for the children in her life. She was firm in her political stance and up to date on current events. She was sharp and had a memory to envy, which she often used while assisting friends and family with any questions regarding history. She will be remembered by those who knew her for her unwavering love of friends and family.

Survivors include her brothers; John (Barbara) Burns of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Richard (Marlyn) Burns of Scotland, United Kingdom, niece; Molly (Greg) Gurnicz and their children Gabrielle and Leo, nephew; Michael Burns and his fiancé Emily Flom, and her close friends.Bev was preceded in death by her, parents.

Memorial contributions can be directed to the family.


  • Visitation Saturday, March 3, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 3, 2018

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Audra Schroeder

March 1, 2018

Cards with Bev kisses will always be my favorite memory. Every holiday she sent a card and when I had children she sent them cards. What a beautiful legacy. She had many children. While not blood related, we were connected by her love.
She always came to all of my events and greeted me with open arms. Her hugs were the best.
So blessed to have Bev in my life and have her love for so many years.

Gina Malloy Primmer

March 1, 2018

“Aunt Bev” became one of my favorite people as soon as I met her 30+ years ago visiting Ames with Molly, Mike, John and Barb. She loved her family so dearly and immediately embraced friends of the family with the same warmth and kindness. I looked forward to our visits to Ames in large part because of the welcome I’d get from Aunt Bev.

I remember her commenting on a picture of Gabby and my daughter, Dori, when they were really little but already fast friends, “mini-Molly and Gina! What could be any better?” I could just hear her chuckling as she wrote it. She was so tickled to watch us all grow up, fully accepting us as we were, and so happy for us as we achieved life’s milestones...graduations, weddings, children.

Renee Kayser

February 28, 2018

I have known Bev for many years, and although not my sister by blood, she was that and more. Two years a go I invited Bev, Lynnette, Denise and my sister, Roxanne to my home for a dinner party. They had so much fun we made it a monthly date. Being the youngster in the group, I would listen as the the group laugh and talk about their time together growing up. Bev took pity on me all those years a go and let me tag along with them as high schoolers! I am so thankful for those gatherings now. It was truly a magical time. Bev also adopted my four children and for years would take them every Saturday to bowling. She attended our families birthdays, Christmases and was just part of our family. My children and now their children for decades have received the Easter, Halloween, Christmas card from Bev with her famous lip stick kiss inside. Bev, it was my family's honor to know you and love you. Rest in Peace, my friend. I will miss you. Until we meet again.

Lisa B

February 28, 2018

Twenty years ago I met Bev when I began dating my now husband. What a wonderful woman. Bev had a laugh that could be heard throughout the building, a contagious smile and a brilliant mind. My family looked forward to her cards and kisses. I am so lucky to call her my friend. She will be greatly missed, especially at our family holiday meals.

Greg Gurnicz

February 28, 2018

Bev was one of the most caring and wonderful people I've ever met. She was always so positive and ready with a smile. She cared so deeply for the people in her life which was second only to how much those people cared for her. She was not my aunt by blood, but will always be my aunt by heart. I will truly love and miss her.