Beverly J. Lewis

Beverly Jean "Bev" Lewis, 74, of Great Falls, died of natural causes Monday, April 25, at Peace Hospice.

Cremation will take place under the direction of Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home. Her memorial service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Congregational United Church of Christ. Her ashes will be spread over her land at Sheep Creek, Mont., by her grandchildren and family during the summer.

Beverly was born Sept. 22, 1936, in Conrad, to Mathis P. Mayer and Wilma Ruth Elizabeth Gardner. She spent her youth living between the Greenfield Bench, where her mother and father farmed, and the town of Fairfield, where she graduated from Fairfield High School. She was a saxophone player in the pep band and was an avid lover of riding horses bareback. She attended nursing school through Montana State University in 1958, and soon after met and married her husband, Gary A. Lewis of Great Falls. Gary and Beverly were married March 1, 1959, and divorced many years later.

Beverly spent her earlier years as a homemaker and wife. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile, raising money to support the local Shriners organization and served as the Grand Guardian for the International Order of Job's Daughters.

In the early 1980s, she proved her success as a businesswoman, owning her own highway painting company. After her divorce, she returned to college to enter the field of her "true love," nursing. Soon after graduating she worked at a skilled nursing facility. She secured a position of management with an assisted living facility. She then transitioned to a nursing home where she was in charge of the wound care unit up until the time of her illness. She enjoyed making crafts in the early years, walking, cooking, reading and the game of bridge all throughout her life. She touched the hearts of many, and will surely be missed.

Beverly's survivors include her daughters, Jacqueline Alexia and son-in-law William Miles Finlen of Butte, and Darla Jean Kelman and Leslie Ann Robinson, both of Great Falls; nine grandchildren, Jessica Danielle Kelman of Great Falls, Cortney Leigh Kelman of Charleston, S.C., Alexander Lewis Robinson of Billings, Stuart McArthur Robinson of Missoula, Zachary Phillip Kelman of Greenville, S.C., Mary Kathryn McCarvel of Butte, William Brennan Robinson of Great Falls, Nolan Wallace Robinson of Great Falls and Liam Patrick McCarvel of Butte; her brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Lorrie Mayer of Great Falls; brother-in-law Dean and Joy Mora of Great Falls; and her aunt, Mary Pourroy of Conrad. She also had three grand-dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sister, Charlotte Mora of Great Falls.

Memorials in Beverly's name are suggested to Peace Hospice, 1101 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405; or the , 550 North 31st St. No. 103, Billings, MT 59101.

Condolences may be posted online at www.chapelofchimesfunerals.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Funeral Home

Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home
1219 - 13th Street South Great Falls, MT 59405
(406) 452-3131

Published in Great Falls Tribune on May 1, 2011