Beverly Henson Knapp, 78, passed away at home the morning of March 25, 2010.
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Bev was born the only child of William and Iva Henson on Sept. 9, 1931, in Pueblo, Colo. Her parents also raised her first cousin, William Crawford, who later won the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Growing up, Bev lived for a time in New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon. She graduated from The Dalles High School in Oregon in 1949. That fall, she entered Pacific University, where she met her future husband, Stuart. They were married on Aug. 19, 1951, then moved to University of Idaho-Moscow, where Stu had a teaching scholarship and she completed her bachelor's degree in journalism and English.
The Knapps subsequently moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where Stu worked as a research assistant in zoology and she worked as a librarian and administrative assistant in the school of architecture and engineering. From 1954 to 1956, Bev taught 7th and 8th grade math and English in San Antonio while Stu was in the service. She returned to Kansas State until Dec. 1958, when Stu took a position on the faculty at Oregon State in the department of veterinary medicine. Her first son, Karl, was born while they were in Kansas and her second son, Paul, was born in Corvallis, Ore.
At Oregon State, Bev worked as an instructor in the international education program teaching English as a second language. She also worked as a research assistant for grant projects in the school of education and as a science editor in the school of oceanography.
Bev came to Bozeman in 1978 when Stu was hired as the vice president for academic affairs at Montana State University. She was active with the Bozeman Public Library, the Bozeman 10-year study plan, and various political groups, including serving as chair of the county Democratic Party. Bev was a Bozeman city commissioner from 1989 to 1993. While serving as a library trustee, she was elected president of the Montana Library Association.
Bev loved hiking with her friends and the BWAGs-the Bozeman Women's Activity Group. She was especially proud of her home-produced memoirs of the hiking group. She enjoyed traveling to numerous countries, including South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. She also traveled extensively in Mexico, England (visiting her oldest son at Oxford) and Scotland. Bev will be remembered by those who loved her as adventurous, compassionate, straightforward and given to spontaneous humor.
She is survived by her husband, Stuart, son, Paul (Robin) and grandson, Hugh; son, Karl (Luisa) and grandchildren, Honor and Scarlett; and Haley and Reid and their mother Jennifer Bell Knapp. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Iva.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2118 S. 3rd, with a reception following the service. Memorials in Bev's name can be sent to the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 28, 2010