Beverly June Hyde, was born in Courtland, Kansas at “Grandma’s House” the second born of twin girls on November 8, 1925 to J. Oran and Marguerite (Fritzinger) Hyde.
Beverly and her twin sister Shirley Jean grew up in Courtland learning the importance of education. Their father taught them to play cribbage and they were able to count and add before they went to school. After graduating from Courtland High School with the Class of 1943, Beverly and Shirley enrolled at Kansas University in September 1943.
It was war time, and the campus looked more like a naval station than a college campus. The Navy took over the ballroom for a mess hall and they looked for “motherly” type gals to serve breakfast, lunch and supper. Shirley and Beverly and six other co-eds served the supper meal every evening. The Administration said it was the girls “patriotic” duty. It took five years to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
They spent two and half years in Lawrence and two and half years at the Medical Center in Kansas City. There was no problem finding employment, and they worked at KU Medical Center for five years and then took a year to travel. Beverly and Shirley moved to Denver and the Rocky Mountains where they worked as Registered Nurses until retirement.
Traveling with her parents instilled a lifelong passion to travel as much of God’s beautiful world as one could accomplish. The many travels and cruises opened many horizons all over the world. In 1993 the twins returned to Courtland to enjoy a slower pace of life. Some of the twin’s hobbies included a collection of antique cut glass dishes, not for use, but to gleam through the cabinet glass windows, learning bead making and jewelry repair.
Beverly and Shirley had their precious Chinese Chow Chow dogs and St. Peter at the Gates better have an arrangement with “doggie heaven,” so they can take them out for walks. She was an avid follower of the KU Jayhawks and their many pursuits. Music and cooking were also highlights of her life.
Beverly passed away on March 28, 2021, in Belleville, at the age of 95 years, 4 months and 20 days. She is preceded in death by her parents and her twin sister Shirley. She will be forever remembered by her many cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 10:30 a.m., at the Courtland Covenant Church, with Pastor Seth McGregor officiating, burial will follow at Balch Cemetery, rural Formoso. Visitation will be held at the church, one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be made to the Beverly Hyde Memorial, to be designated at a later date.
Tibbetts-Fischer Funeral Home, Belleville, Kansas was in charge of these arrangements, www.tibbettsfischerfuneralhome.com
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