Beverly Windom O’Riley daughter of Glenn and Agnes (Hendrickson) Windom was born July 4, 1929, in Clay County, Nebraska and responded to the traditional spank by the Dr. with the cry “Go Big Red”. Beverly entered eternal rest Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at The Bridges of Ankeny at the age of ninety-one years.
The first four years of her life was spent in Clay County moving for a short time to Logan, Iowa, then moving with the family to the Nodaway, Iowa area where she attended Nodaway school.
Beverly was an eight year 4-H club member showing baby beef cattle and having the Adam’s County grand champion several times as well as purple and blue ribbons at the Iowa State Fair, Kansas City American Royal and the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben. In 1946 she had the honor of being chosen to show the Hereford Steer from Cumming County, Nebraska that was awarded the Grand Champion over all breeds at the Ak-Sar-Ben.
Beverly was united in marriage to Harold “Mick” O’Riley on December 2, 1946. It was at this time they started their farming occupation. Two daughters, Gail and Linda, were born to this union. Beverly and Mick farmed for 35 years in Adams County.
Beverly and Mick enjoyed wintering in Texas and Arizona. Mick passed away in 1982. Following Mick’s death Beverly purchased a home at Fountain of the Sun in Mesa, Arizona. Beverly worked at the Golden Hills Golf Resort as a Golf Pro Shop assistant during tourist season. She also enjoyed a career in sales.
Beverly had many hobbies over her lifetime. She enjoyed decorating cakes for many occasions including many weddings. She loved golfing, was a sports enthusiast, cheering college football, basketball and pro golf.
Beverly moved back to Iowa in 2014 and resided in the Des Moines area
She is survived by her two daughters, Gail (Terry) Lundquist of Corning, Iowa and Linda (Steve) Odson of Ankeny, Iowa; five grandchildren: Brad (Marci) Lundquist, Matt (Sarah) Lundquist, Lisa (Justin) Petersen, James (Lisa) Odson and Bryce (Mackenzie) Odson; eighteen great grandchildren; sister, Marilyn (Gary) Wurster; sister-in-law, Joan Windom and several nieces and nephews.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Harold (Mick) O’Riley; sister, Sarah (Sally) Barnes; brother-in-law, Stan Barnes and brother, Dean Windom.