OBITUARY

Beverly Foyt Binkowski

April 29, 1952September 30, 2019

Beverly Ann Foyt Binkowski passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and pets at her home in Edmond on Monday, 9/30/19, after a long courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Born April 29, 1952 in Detroit, MI, Beverly was the daughter of the late Frederick and Louise Foyt. She grew up in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, MI. Bev received her BS in Health and Physical Education/Fitness from Central Michigan University in 1976; she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She moved to her beloved and adopted home of Oklahoma in the 1980’s, living in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Yukon and Edmond. She had a 38 year career with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which began in Michigan; she then spent 33 years with BCBS of Oklahoma. She retired in 2017 as Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. Prior to retirement, Bev led Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, and established the plan for an American Indian strategy, which helped strengthen relationships with tribal nations and helped improve the health and wellness of tribal citizens. Bev was a dedicated and devoted citizen of the OKC community, serving on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including the Greater OKC Chamber, United Way of Central OK, American Red Cross OKC, and the Rotary International OKC. She was a very proud member of Leadership OKC, class XXVI. Bev also volunteered her time for many events and organizations. Her non community interests included western art, music, architecture, interior design and landscaping her beautiful homes. Bev had a great love and devotion for animals, especially dogs, cats, horses and mules. She is survived by her sister Karen (George) Zemnickas, brother Douglas (Alissa) Foyt, niece Izzy Lou, nephews Derek and Fisher Foyt and her fur babies, Jackson, Emma and Madison. The family would like to thank Dr Robert Mannel and his team @ the Stephenson Cancer Center for their devotion for trying to find a cure for Bev. Thank you to Integris Hospice, especially her nurse Stacey for making Bev comfortable her last few months. Memorials may be made in her honor to Oklahoma City Humane Society, 7500 N. Western Ave, OKC, OK 73116 or Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue, 405-749-5700 . Arrangements are being handled by Hahn-Cook; visitation on Monday, Oct 7, 8am – 8pm, service at Hahn-Cook chapel Tuesday, Oct 8 @ 11:00, with a private burial to follow.

  • FAMILY

  • She is survived by her sister Karen (George) Zemnickas, brother, Douglas (Alissa) Foyt, niece Izzy Lou, nephews Derek and Fisher Foyt and her fur babies, Jackson, Emma and Madison.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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Chris Lucas

October 4, 2019

Bev has been the best neighbor anyone could have asked for. My husband and I will truly miss our conversations over the fence. Now you and all your fur babies are all back together again.

Lisa Putt

October 4, 2019

Bev was an amazing, gracious person and we will all be sad without her presence. She had a smile that could light up a room and the best laugh! She was gracious to all and the incredible ability to listen to all viewpoints and always ask the tough questions in her polite manner. She always displayed quiet strength but the strength was so evident after the cancer diagnosis. She faced the battle with positive attitude and humor. She could still make us laugh even when you knew she was tired and not feeling well. She loved her animals and just one more way she showed her compassion. We will all miss you and so thankful for the friendship you provided.

DORTHEA FORSHEE

October 3, 2019

I worked with Beverly in BCBS OKC office for many years. She was a great co-worker.

Chris Tornquist

October 3, 2019

Bev was so unique and creative. I will always remember her for the lovely lady she was. I hope she has found peace.

Ron King

October 2, 2019

Jan and I are so sad to hear of Beverlys passing. She was such a pleasant person and dedicated employee. I had the pleasure of working with Beverly many years and always admired her intellect and willingness to do whatever necessary to get the job done. We shared a love for animals and had many fun times together. RIP Bink, we will miss you.

Frances Emerson

October 2, 2019

I worked with Bev quite often and enjoyed her wit, humor and care for the BlueCrossBlueShield ethos. A great woman to have known. She will be missed dearly.

Kim Holland

October 2, 2019

I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Bev over many years and will always think of her as a quietly generous, strong and resilient friend. My heartfelt condolences to her loved ones, and hope loving memories of Bev bring comfort during this difficult time.

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Biography

Beverly Ann Foyt Binkowski passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and pets at her home in Edmond on Monday, 9/30/19, after a long courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Born April 29, 1952 in Detroit, MI, Beverly was the daughter of the late Frederick and Louise Foyt. She grew up in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights, MI. Bev received her BS in Health and Physical Education/Fitness from Central Michigan University in 1976; she was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She moved to her beloved and adopted home of Oklahoma in the 1980’s, living in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Yukon and Edmond. She had a 38 year career with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, which began in Michigan; she then spent 33 years with BCBS of Oklahoma. She retired in 2017 as Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs. Prior to retirement, Bev led Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs, and established the plan for an American Indian strategy, which helped strengthen relationships with tribal nations and helped improve the health and wellness of tribal citizens. Bev was a dedicated and devoted citizen of the OKC community, serving on the Board of Directors of many organizations, including the Greater OKC Chamber, United Way of Central OK, American Red Cross OKC, and the Rotary International OKC. She was a very proud member of Leadership OKC, class XXVI. Bev also volunteered her time for many events and organizations. Her non community interests included western art, music, architecture, interior design and landscaping her beautiful homes. Bev had a great love and devotion for animals, especially dogs, cats, horses and mules. She is survived by her sister Karen (George) Zemnickas, brother, Douglas (Alissa) Foyt, niece Izzy Lou, nephews Derek and Fisher Foyt and her fur babies, Jackson, Emma and Madison. The family would like to thank Dr Robert Mannel and his team @ the Stephenson Cancer Center for their devotion for trying to find a cure for Bev. Thank you to Integris Hospice, especially her nurse Stacey for making Bev comfortable her last few months. Memorials may be made in her honor to Oklahoma City Humane Society, 7500 N. Western Ave, OKC, OK 73116 or Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue, 405-749-5700.