Beverly Ann Rasmussen was born May 29, 1936, and went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 2, 2013. She was adopted by Everett and Blanche Brown, of Farmington, Maine, in September 1936.
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Her father passed away when she was 5, and Beverly was raised by her step-father, Carl Savage, and mother, Blanche.
She graduated from Falmouth High School in 1954 and married her childhood sweetheart, Roger Wheelock, in 1956. They raised their three children in the Portland and Bangor area until 1973. That year, the Wheelock family drove to Alaska where Roger and Bev spent the rest of their lives.
At age 14, Beverly attended a Billy Graham Crusade in Portland, Maine. She realized her sins separated her from God, but his son, Jesus Christ, had paid with his life, the penalty required for her forgiveness. She placed her faith in him that day and her life was forever changed.
Beverly had a great compassion for women and children, and loved being involved in evangelical ministries for them. She taught Child Evangelism's Good News Clubs, Pioneer Girls, Jet Cadets and Sunday school. She held various offices at her church and local Christian Women's Club. She also led Friendship Bible coffees and a variety of women's Bible studies throughout the years.
Beverly and Roger had a great passion for world evangelism and made several trips to Russia in the 1980s and 1990s, and to China in the 1990s. Beverly used her gift of teaching to share her faith with children there. In 2008, Beverly accompanied her "son-in-love," Jim Weed, to Italy and the Czech Republic. She remembers it as the most unexpected and pleasurable trip she ever took.
One of Beverly's greatest joys was becoming a grandmother, "Nani," and watching her grandchildren grow up. She loved collecting teddy bears, reading, gardening, growing flowers, knitting and sewing for her family and others.
Beverly's greatest challenge in life came with her diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2001, immediately after the death of Roger, her husband and companion of 45 years.
She would like to thank Fairhill Community Church of God in Fairbanks, Community Baptist Church in North Pole, the staff at the Cancer Treatment Center, and Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Hospice Services for their faithful support, friendship and compassion during her years with cancer. She was especially thankful to her faithful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who walked beside her all the way.
Beverly was preceded in death by her father, Everett Brown; her mother, Blanche (Brown) Savage; step-father, Carl Savage; and husband, Roger E. Wheelock. Survivors include her children, Priscilla Rose, of Potlatch, Idaho; Elizabeth (Lilly) Morrall, Jonathan Wheelock, and "sons-in-love," Larry Morrall and Jim Weed, all of Fairbanks; grandchildren, Loren Morrall (Virginia), Jason Weed (Cheri), Jamie (Weed) Brownwood (Michael), Larissa (Morrall) Zook (Tim), Jonie (Weed) Mellinger (Jason), Lisa (Morrall) Derr (Kevin), Luke Morrall and Summer Rose.
She also is survived by 12 great-grandchildren who brought her great joy.
A celebration of Bev's life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at Community Baptist Church in North Pole. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Camp Li-Wa, P.O. Box 1043, Fairbanks, AK 99710, or through their website www.campliwa.org. marked "Cabin Fund."
Published in Daily News-Miner on Mar. 5, 2013