1936 – 2015
Beverly (Byers) Bohn was born October 25, 1936 and passed away June 1, 2015 at her home in Liberty, Mo., where she had lived since 1976.
She was a graduate of William Chrisman High School, received her BS in Education from Northeast Missouri State College May 1966, and her Master of Arts August 1968. She taught in various school districts in Missouri including Kirksville and Kearney, and completed 21 years of service in the North Kansas City School District at Gracemore Elementary and Maple Park Middle School. After retiring from the public school system she taught at Maple Woods Community College and was Associate Professor at Park University from June 1996 to August 2014.
She belonged to the Delta Kappa Gamma Academic Association.
Hobbies included raising Persian cats for over 30 years and riding horses for over 40 years. She showed horses on the Pony Express Horse Show circuit, riding her Tennessee Walkers and Missouri Fox Trotters until she retired from this in 1991 after winning numerous awards. She played the piano and organ at Nebo Baptist Church from 1977 to 1990.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred T. Bohn on October 30,1990, after being married since May 31,1955. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Loyd and Nettie (Gleason) Byers, and her sister, Shirley Burton, all of Independence, Mo.
She is survived by her son, Ben Bohn and wife, Lisa, grandson, Fred Bohn, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Bohn, all of Orrick, Mo.; and by her daughter, Sara Bohn and husband, John Huhmann of Tipton, Mo., and granddaughters, Auburn and Emma Huhmann of Kirksville, Mo.
Visitation will be at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick, Mo., from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday June 5, 2015, with funeral to follow. Burial will immediately follow at Glenridge Cemetery in Liberty, Mo.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to your choice of hospice, church, or charity.
I knew Ben, Bev’s son, when he and I worked at Commerce Bank in August of 1999. Much later, after Ben and I both left in September of 2002, I had the opportunity to meet Bev. She was still full of life and fire than most people I know. I, many times, felt as if I had known her for much longer. There were many discussing and cussing conversations. Not vulgar – Just plain conversation. Frank, I suppose.
Later, Bev, Ben, Lisa, Fred, and Elizabeth made several vacations to Florida’s Orlando, home of Disney World. These vacations were often made in January. Bev always was glad to return, and many times, Bev was in a much better mood. She allowed me to stay in her house so as to take care of the animals (At that time Treasure, the last known descendant of Midnight Sun, at 38 and still standing, four Geldings and three Mares, 13 head of Black Angus cattle, four German Shepherd Dogs, and three Persian Cats), I ensured both homes remained standing. And Bev and Ben would pay me reasonably.
May she rest in God’s Peace.