Beverly Schultz Pearson, 96, of Okoboji, IA passed away peacefully on the first day of Spring, March 20, 2023, with family by her side.
A private family burial was held in Riverside Cemetery in Spencer, Iowa. A celebration of life will be held this summer in Okoboji at Pearson Lakes Art Center, on July 29, 2023.
Beverly Mary (Schultz) Pearson was born Feb. 9, 1927, one of a pair of twin girls to Walter and Florence (Duncan) Schultz in Hoffman, Minnesota, and was baptized on June 12, 1927. As a young girl, Bev moved with her family to a farm near Trimont,
Fox Lake Township, MN. In April 1941, Bev was confirmed at the Evangelical & Reformed Church in Welcome, MN. She attended country school in Trimont and graduated from Trimont High School with the class of 1945. Following her graduation, Bev went on to earn her medical technology degree in Minneapolis.
Bev was a member of the First Congregational Church in Spencer and enjoyed learning all the latest dance moves with La Danza, Art & History with Questers, and tutelage from acclaimed artists in different mediums worldwide.
Bev was a talented watercolor painter, painting still life and landscapes across her many travels in Greece, Portugal, and the American Southwest. She was an active member of the Pearson Lakes Art Center and supported gallery exhibits, demonstrations, education & performances there and at the Okoboji Summer Theater, where she received the honor of Woman of the Year in 2020.
She enjoyed golf, quilting, tennis, playing bridge, and having coffee with her friends. Through the years, Bev enjoyed accompanying her husband, Bud on their many travels around the world. They made their home first in Trimont, MN, then in Spencer, IA. Their residence in the Okoboji's was the opportunity to grow a circle of friends and family, later finding community in Scottsdale, Arizona during the winters. Bev's last home was the Deerfield community in Des Moines, Iowa. She loved her family and especially treasured time spent with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and her many pets throughout the years. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her and called her a friend.
Bev was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Florence Schultz; husband, Gerald "Bud" Pearson, children, Monte and Maribeth, and sisters, Bernadine Roebbeke and Nancy Torkelson.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Steve (Lori), Perry (Teresa), and Liecia, brother, Jerry (Phyllis) Schultz of Ridgecrest, CA, her devoted grandchildren Michael (Keely), Kimberly (Ali), Erika (Mat), Chance (Kasey) and Dillon, her great-grandchildren Finn, Leif, Odin, Violet, Jasmine, Swaze, and Fox as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
Bev's family would like to extend special gratitude to the caregivers at Caring Hearts, whose daily help allowed Bev dignity, independence and companionship: Michelle Hixson, Jenifer Mann, Natalya Poindexter, Emily Rollison, Patience York, Tiffani Catron, Jane Githinji, Toccara Hogan, Vicky Ozimek, and Grace Koch.
To honor Bev's life, the family requests charitable donations be made to the Pearson Lakes Art Center and the Okoboji Summer Theatre.