OBITUARY

Beverly Ann Cornelison

October 27, 1938February 10, 2021
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Beverly Ann Cornelison, 82, Aunt B to many, and Nanni to her children and grandchildren, died on February 10, 2021, spending her final days at the John Knox Village Care Center. She passed away after a long battle with COPD and departed in much the same way she lived her life with grace, courage, and a certain amount of contrariness.

She was born in Higginsville, MO to William and Marion Collins on October 27, 1938, the youngest of four children. She moved to Kansas City in 1947 and graduated from the old Manual High School in 1956. Soon after she went to work for REA Express Company where she stayed until they closed in 1975. She later worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and Montgomery Ward.

She married Charles “Chuck” Cornelison in 1960 and together they raised three children. After Chuck passed away in 1986, Beverly again found love with Jerry “Jake” Wilhelm whom she was with for more than 30 years. Later, they built a house together on Table Rock Lake in Eagle Rock, MO and enjoyed a number of years hosting her kids and grandkids at her beloved home away from home.

Beverly had an entrepreneurial spirit, opening the Circle C Pet and Feed Store in Kansas City, MO operating from the late 1980s through the early 1990s. She got the bug again and started Aunt B’s Funnel Cakes, traveling in her converted trailer to small town and county fairs throughout the region.

Beverly loved to travel enjoying a number of trips from coast to coast. She also traveled to Canada, Ireland, Korea, and Mexico which included a visit to Chichén-Itzá. And just a few years ago was able to travel to China where she walked the Great Wall by herself, a true testament to her adventurous nature.

Beverly maintained her curiosity and was an advocate for her own health throughout her life. An avid reader, she was versed in history, politics, and current events and never shied from engaging others in a spirited debate.

She is survived by her sons, Jack Cornelison of Greenwood, MO, and Christopher Cornelison of Holden, MO; daughters-in-law, Lisa and Tracy Cornelison; her brother, Russell Collins; sister-in-law, Zora Collins, of North Kansas City, MO; grandchildren, Collin Cornelison, Delaney Cornelison, and Kayley Cornelison; niece and nephew, Susan Burns (Terry) of Poulsbo, WA and Michael Collins (Sherry), Parkville, MO; and her companion, Jake Wilhelm of the home, as well as countless close friends and those she befriended. She is proceeded in death by her parents; brothers, William and Thomas Collins; stepdaughter, Linda Parkinson of Jefferson City.

The memorial service is private due to the pandemic. Please consider a donation to Phoenix Family, located in Kansas City, MO.

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Ellen Dalzell

February 16, 2021

I met Beverly when we both worked at Della Lamb Charter School in downtown Kansas City. Beverly was the school secretary, and I was a first grade teacher. It didn’t take me long to learn that Beverly didn’t let just anyone into her circle of friends. Looking back, I realize her friends needed to pass muster by being honest and dedicated to the children we served at Della Lamb. I will be forever grateful that I passed the test, and our friendship lasted long after our days at Della.
Good friends like Beverly don’t come along often. She was a “tell it like I see it” person...honest, forthright, and dependable. I could always count on her for her honest opinion. She didn’t believe in sugar coating anything. Everyone needs a Beverly!!
She was loved and will be missed!!

Deanna Wester

February 15, 2021

My sincerest condolences to the family. I worked with Beverly at Railway Express. A true friend. Had not seen Bev for a few years but thought of her often. RIP my friend.

Michelle Collins

February 15, 2021

The funnel cake truck and time spent at the lake are some of my fondest childhood memories!
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Rest In Peace Aunt B, you and your stories will forever be held in a special place in my heart

Lisa Dunson (schuller)

February 15, 2021

I loved Bev very much she was our neighbor while we were growing up. She always bought me and my brother Christmas gifts as kids. She let me work in her pet store and at her funnel cake business and she was just a spitfire. She always used to pop her gum and I asked her once when I was little how she did that and she told me you don't need to know it's a bad habit so now anytime I snap my gum I always think of Bev lol. I think of her often in my life and she will be greatly missed. Rest in paradise Bev💕

John Schuller

February 15, 2021

My deepest condolences on the loss of a true powerhouse of a woman. Unfortunately I hadn't seen Beverly in quite some time, but I can still hear her popping her gum, talking, and laughing in her unique way.

She was a great lady and made an incredible mark on my childhood and my family as a whole. Not to mention she gave me one of my favorite Christmas gifts ever as a kid!! (Still think about that toy phone set 😊 Thanks Bev❤🤍💚)

My sympathy to her family and friends, which surely there are many now missing her presence. The world is a lesser place without her, and sadly the animal world lost a champion too.

Rest well Beverly.

Ginger Ward

February 15, 2021

My condolences to all the family. Bev was a lifetime friend. She and my mother raised their children together as neighbors and friends. She was a beautiful lady. So blessed to have so many fond memories of her. She will be dearly missed. Love to you all.

Doug Shelton

February 15, 2021

Chris and Jack: So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a great person. She was a terrific help to me at Bellefontaine Community Center 1969-73. My condolences to you and your families.

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