Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Beverly Ann Bowgren, 72, of La Fox, passed away at Delnor-Community Hospital, surrounded by the love of her family, on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. She was born Dec. 4, 1936, the daughter of Wayne P. and Nora W. (Walch) Doll in Davenport, Iowa.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Beverly grew up in rural Arlington, Ill., and attended local schools. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1954. Following graduation, she began working locally for a time until the early 1960s, when she moved to Geneva, where she found work at Burgess Norton as a bookkeeper.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â It was during this time that she met the man she would marry, Ron Bowgren. Their courtship began with Beverly sitting in the bleachers watching Ron race at Sycamore Speedway. Despite his speedy driving, she never let him get away, as they were united in marriage on Sept. 12, 1964, in Hollowayville, Ill. They began their new life together in Geneva for a year until they built a house on Bunker Road, where they have since made their home.Â
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Beverlyâ€™s heart and home were always open to anyone at anytime. Her kitchen was always filled with warmth, and the wonderful smells of her cooking made your senses soar. In the summers when the sun was shining, Beverly would â€œpower loungeâ€ in the yard, reading her favorite romance novels. Beverly had the gambling â€œitch,â€ which she scratched most often at the Isle of Capri Casino, conveniently located only a short bus trip away in Bettendorf, Iowa. When she wasnâ€™t fleecing the casinosâ€™ slot machines for all she could get, she and her best friend, Cheryl Keller, would sneak away to area craft shows, go shopping and eventually take â€œcenter courtâ€ at Sweet Tomatoes, where they would eat and talk for hours on end.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Beverly also spread her good cheer and friendship with the Elburn Seniors on various bus trips but when the holidays came around, there was no place like home and there truly was no place like Beverlyâ€™s. Christmas trees could be found in nearly every corner in every shape and size, and the rest of the home was filled with decorations from years gone by.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Her most prized possession was the life she had made with her husband, Ron. Her children and grandchildren were always first and foremost in her mind and had a special â€œforever placeâ€ in her heart. Her memory will be held dear in many a heart, but none more dearly than in the hearts of her family.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â She now leaves her loving husband Ron; three children, Steve (Gaye) Bowgren and their children, Cody and Jessica of Maple Park, Mike (Jackie) Bowgren and their children, Nick and Allyson, of Batavia, and Mark (Traci) Bowgren of La Fox; two brothers, Kenard (Kathy) Doll of Cherry, Ill., andÂ Curtis (Beth) Doll of Ladd, Ill; several nieces and nephews and a community of close friends.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â She now joins her parents; one grandson, Travis Bowgren; one step-daughter, Lori Bowgren; and her forever faithful watchdog, Tawni, who preceded her in death.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 10,Â at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral to celebrate her life was held Thursday, Dec. 11, at Conley Funeral Home. Interment followed at Garfield Cemetery.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â A memorial has been established in Beverlyâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the â€œBeverly Bowgren Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, ILÂ 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.