Obituary: Beverly Smith


Services to celebrate the life of Beverly A. Smith, 73, of Davenport were held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady St., Davenport. Private burial was in Davenport Memorial Park.  Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at church with an Order of Eastern Star service at the conclusion of visitation.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Friends of Vander Veer, or a favorite charity.  Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Bev died Monday, July 7, at Select Specialty Hospital surrounded by her family following a brief illness.

Beverly Ann Engler was born on May 9, 1946, in Davenport, a daughter of Arnold and Edna (Wulf) Engler.  She married James J. Smith on Oct. 30, 1965, at St. Paul Lutheran, Davenport. 

Bev owned and operated Stretch and Sew Fabrics in Davenport until 1990, then went to work for Davenport Bank, later Wells Fargo, retiring in 1998.  She also assisted Jim in their many family businesses. 

Bev was a member of St. Paul Lutheran, the Outing Club, and served on the board of Friends of Vander Veer.  She also was a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star, currently serving as Grand Treasurer of the Eastern Star of Iowa.

Bev cherished her family, especially her grandchildren.  She enjoyed traveling the world, quilting, sewing, and her flower garden.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Jim, Davenport; daughters: Mindy (Ed) Leahy and Annette (Scott) VenHorst, all of Eldridge; grandchildren: Paul, Kraig, Courtney, Ashley, and Brandon; siblings: Diane (Gary) Wulf, Darlene (Lenny) John, Darrell Engler, Bill (Kim) Engler, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandra Franklin, and Ron (Peg) Slack, and many nieces and nephews.

Bev was preceded in death by her parents.  Online remembrances may be expressed by visiting


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