Beverly J. Campbell of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Born to Vergil and Frances (Sloper) Peterson, on March 13, 1935 in Springfield, Illinois, Beverly lived in Dallas and Chicago during her childhood, attending Steinmetz High School and North Park Covenant College in Chicago. She worked for Braniff Airways as a reservationist for several years where she met her first husband, Jim Somers. Beverly and Jim had two daughters during their short marriage.
After her divorce, Beverly moved to Kansas City and met the love of her life, Bernie Campbell. Beverly married Bernie on November 25, 1967. Bernie brought six children of his own to their marriage, and the couple moved to 604 E. 74th St. in KCMO where they had a son. They lived at that residence for 53 years, becoming a fixture in the St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish in Waldo. Beverly worked part-time for St. Luke’s Hospital from 1981 until her retirement in 1998.
Throughout her 87 years, Beverly had many hobbies. She enjoyed all kinds of needlework, sewing, crocheting, ceramics, puzzles, cake decorating, reading, and playing the piano. Several people have afghans, scarves or pot holders crocheted by Beverly. All the Christmas stockings, hung by the chimney with care, were crafted by her. She enjoyed celebrating all holidays, especially Halloween. She and Bernie would dress up to hand out candy or walk with the little ones around the block. A few pieces of chocolate might be left in their trick-or-treat bags.
Since their move to St. Anthony’s Senior Living, her hobbies expanded to include Kings in the Corners card game, Manicures and Mimosas, Crafts with Caitlin, and Bingo. Every Thursday, 2:00pm, Beverly could be found playing Bingo. She seemed to win every week!
Beverly was the Queen of Returns. She could return any item, to any store, without a receipt. Legend has it she returned a set of snow tires to the Jones Store in Prairie Village and they reimbursed her! And they didn’t even sell snow tires!
She had a life-long love for being near, or in, the water. She enjoyed playing with her grandsons in the ocean. If available, we spent summer days at a local community pool. No pool? You could find her sitting in a plastic one on the back deck, iced tea in hand, catching the rays. She often told stories about spending time at the lake up north with her cousin, Dick. As late as 2017, she could be seen riding on the back of a jet ski with her grandson at The Lake of the Ozarks.
Most of her favorite adventures were traveling with Bernie. Flying, cruising or driving, they created lasting memories, and collected lots of refrigerator magnets, traveling across the country.
She is survived by her children Mary Jo Campbell, Cecilia Campbell, Daniel (Anne) Campbell, Bernie (Craig) Russell, Kathy Soloducha, Angela Pine, Connie (Dan) Biondo, James Campbell, Pete (Cara) Campbell, her sister Betty (Doug) Benander, niece Kelley (Zach)Bonsall, nephew Ben (Carey) Benander; her 23 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 2 great-nieces and 2 great-nephews.
Beverly was preceded in death by; her husband Bernard and grandson, Andrew Soloducha in 2022; son-in-law Joe Soloducha in 2021; parents Vergil and Frances Peterson in 1998; and grandson, Cyle Russell in 1983.
The family would like to thank the wonderful people who work at St. Luke’s Hospital. Their kindness gave us strength.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 29th, 11:00AM at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 14 W. 75th St, KCMO, 64114 with Fr. Greg Haskamp presiding. A burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery 7601 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, MO 64138. In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church (address above). Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.
My condolences to the entire Campbell family. My prayers are with you