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Beverly M Wagoner

June 1, 1923January 10, 2021

Beverly M Wagoner was born on June 1, 1923 and passed away on January 10, 2021 and is under the care of Bittles & Hurt Funeral Home.

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Helen Mathieu

January 23, 2021

We have such fond memories of Beverly (and Ken) for over 40 years in Onekama, Michigan. Weekly pranks were played on them by Tom, some very small and others quite elaborate. These are just a few of those fun memories we had.

An outhouse - yes, the old fashioned "one-holer" - Michigan State Police knocked on the door to inform Bev and Ken that outhouses are not allowed in this resort-residential area. They couldn't figure out how the building had appeared and who placed it there. They finally called Tom to remove it and then figured out he was behind the prank and the MSP visit.

One of the biggest, well thought out and managed was when they were to move down the road to the "lake" house. A moving company was to deliver a semi-trailer to be loaded by Tom and others... The trailer that arrived had seen better days - it was quite rusty and had formerly served as a chicken coop..... Beverly woke up to find the trailer parked near the house and called Tom - what in the world is this?

Bev's car had been broken down. Tom came with the wrecker to help, but instead of towing, he decided to drive it to see if he could determine the problems she was experiencing and instructed Bev on how to drive the wrecker behind him back to her house. She DID it - but couldn't believe that he made her do it.

Bev always laughed and in the last telephone call she mentioned all of the fun times she remembered with us in Onekama. She will be missed by our whole family! (Lauralee can still see Ken driving down the Point road looking at her and not paying attention to where he was driving and how he would come into the bank and just gaze into her eyes and smile.)


Helen Mathieu
Lauralee Mathieu

Larry Taylor

January 23, 2021

I wanted to express my condolences on the passing of one of my favorite Greencastle friends....it was always fun to be around Beverly (and my dad Ralph and Kenny were such good Rotary friends etc for decades---what a guy!). She was funny, energetic, whip smart, and so interesting. Our friendship grew when she became so close to Greg and Lisa and we were all at their wedding in Spencer with your dad serving as best man.

So sorry at the loss
Larry Taylor (Greencastle till 2000---Bloomington to present)

Denise Sigworth

January 19, 2021

Bev was an angel to our family. She was working at Asbury Towers (I think she said this was her 2nd or 3rd sting at AT) during the time our mother was failing. She walked with us, shared with us, was honest with us. She was there to hold our hands when our mother passed away. We truly would have been lost without her and during the process we were blessed with a wonderful friend. As the years passed, we enjoyed visiting Bev and were always greeted as if we were one of her children. Her stories were always fun and her life was amazing. What a truly wonderful woman she was and we are so thankful that we got to know and enjoy her.

Judith George

January 19, 2021

My memories of The Wagoner's go back to 1965 when I came to Greencastle and was on DePauw's faculty. I remember your father, Kenny, as a friendly man with a warm smile who was an esteemed member of the faculty and chair of Psychology. I was an acquaintance of your mother, Beverly, until the last 20 years when we became good friends. I knew her best as a nurse at Asbury where my father was a resident. She had wonderful nursing skills and really understood people, and how to meet their personal needs as well as physical needs. I remember a woman on the health care floor calling out incessantly from the end of the hall. Beverly soon had her in her wheelchair folding towels by the nursing station. She met her real need, and she ceased calling out. I gained great admiration for her; she really knew "nursing." It was easy to talk with her about my own father's needs. She was always helpful. I wish that I had known that she was a nurse in WW II. I would liked to have known of her experiences. Unfortunately when we retire it is as if we live another life where others generally do not know of our prior lives, as if we are disconnected from that other life when we really are not; it is still us. Beverly was also in Tuesday Reading Circle with me so we continued to relate socially. I regularly attended the Covered Bridge Festival where I would make myself known to Charles, and annually purchase a cup expertly created in the Wagoner tradition. So glad to have known Beverly.

Patty LeinoJones

January 15, 2021

I meant Bev many years ago when I began to work at West Shore Hospital in Manistee, Michigan. I was not only the new girl but a new nurse. Bev impressed me immediately. She was not only sweet and friendly but a great nurse and one who rose above all the petty drama on the unit. Nurses have been known to eat their young and one day when someone had been rude to me she said, "Don't you let her bother you." She helped me break into the ranks.

I've never forgotten her smile and warmth and have thought of her often over the years. She touched my life deeply in the short time I knew her.

Blessings to you her family.

Nana Rising (Canada)

January 15, 2021

I met Beverly in the summer of 1975 just after my freshmen year at Ball State when her niece, Mindy, and another college friend and I were invited to stay with her, her husband and her son Todd for a week at their lovely cottage near Onekama, Michigan. Beverly welcomed three 19 year olds girls with open arms, making us feel so comfortable and at home. I remember having steamed artichokes for the first time and she patiently taught us how to “skim” the meat from each leaf with our teeth! We spent many wonderful days on the beach, having campfires, picnics, making sand castles and generally just having a wonderful time! That summer has always held a special place in my heart because of Beverly’s kindness and graciousness.

E. Jane Luzar

January 15, 2021

A great woman. My deepest condolences.

Barbara Fink

January 15, 2021

Beverly was my co worker at West Shore Hospital in Manistee Michigan. Our days on duty together were some of my fondest memories as a nurse. She always had a smile, patients looked forward to having her assigned to their care. Always professional, always kind.
Had the pleasure of visiting Ken and Beverly at Lake Michigan home many times. My sons will always remember the fun on the beach with them.
My sympathy to family.

Sandy Short

January 14, 2021

This lady was the most kindest sweetest lady. Always a smile on her face no matter how she was feeling. She will sure be missed. We love you Bev. God sure picked the very best when he picked you.