Beverley J. Reed,
Sept. 10, 1931 — Jan. 21, 2017
Beverley Jean Reed, 85, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away on Jan. 31, 2017, at Pine Crest Village. She was born on Sept. 10, 1931, in Oconomowoc to William and Rachael (Evans) Koeppler. On Aug. 26, 1950, she married Jack A. Reed in Concord. He preceded her in death on March 9, 2004. Beverley was a member of P.E.O. sisterhood and a longtime member of United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay. Born during the Great Depression, coming of age during World War II, marrying her high school sweetheart in 1950, Bev could not have foreseen the adventures she would live.
In 1967, Bev and Jack moved their family to Katsina, Nigeria, for two years. They fell in love with the place and the people, and returned to Nigeria in 1974, where they stayed for seven years. Her adventures there included coups, a civil war, friends that became family and the opportunity to change young lives with her private preschool that is still honored by the students who attended. In 1981, they moved to Botswana, where Bev again found a way to make a difference, as the administrative assistant to the director of USAID. Their love affair with Africa never ended, but they eventually retired to Door County in 1995, where their stories of life overseas never failed to entertain their grandchildren and friends. Survivors include three children, Teri
(William) VanBeckum, Fairhope, Ala.; Robyn (Chuck Foulke) Reed, Madison; and Scott (Sheryl) Reed, Mequon; eight grandchildren, Tony, Jack, Dora (Bryce), Patrick, Carter, Lindsay, Kathleen and Sarah; three great-grandchildren, Jack, Ellie and Patrick; and two sisters, Joanne (Bill) Carlson and Shirley (Ron) Lee. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 11, 2017, at Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be directed to Sturgeon Bay United Methodist Church or Concord United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be offered atwww.forbesfuneralhome.com.