Celebration of Life
Beverly Doris Kelsven
January 20, 2018 • 10 a.m.
Newberg Friends Church
Prelude: Bonnie Lapp
Welcome and Prayer: Pastor Howard Harmon
Eulogy: Cheryl Edwards, niece
Solo: Dave Overby
“I’d Rather Have Jesus”
Congregational Song: Hymn #627
“Jesus Is All the World to Me”
Beverly Kelsven grew up in Almont, North Dakota, the youngest child of Clifford and Katherine Kelsven. The family lived above her parents’ general store. They were faithful in the Wesleyan Methodist church, and Bev began to follow Jesus at a young age. She played with the boys, hunted pheasants with her father, and preferred overalls to the pretty dresses her mother sewed for her and sisters, Kathleen and Marion.
The family moved to Oregon in 1942. At Cascade College, Bev met lifelong friend Gerry Custer. The two shared crazy jokes, wild adventures, and quarts of ice cream, and challenged each other to live wholeheartedly for God. Gerry went to Burundi as a missionary nurse. In her visits there, Bev came to love East Africa as well.
Soon after graduation in 1947, Bev joined the Cascade faculty as a PE and history teacher. She completed her master’s degrees at the University of Oregon. In 1961, she began teaching history at Lake Oswego High School, then transferred to the new Lakeridge High School in 1971. Bev loved meeting all kinds of people and learning about the world. Slides from summer trips made her classes more interesting. After retirement in 1987, she continued to travel, visiting more than 100 countries.
At the homes she shared with her sister Marion, Bev oversaw the yard work and maintenance and was quick to get meals on the table. The sisters spent every holiday with Kathleen’s family, had lots of fun with their nieces and nephew, and were great role models. Bev held leadership roles at St John’s Wesleyan Methodist and Clackamas Park Friends churches, sang and played the organ. She always followed world news and football.
In 2005, Bev and Marion moved to Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg. Many friends from Cascade lived there, and the sisters made new friends. Bev always tried to learn names and give an encouraging word. Her independent spirit continued even when she needed increasing care in the last years.