Beverly Van Fossen, age 87, of Ames, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 2, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones, at Green Hills Retirement Community in Ames. Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020 at Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames. Visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the service. Burial will take place at a later date.
Beverly Lee Van Fossen was born on October 27, 1932 in Boone, Iowa, to Vernie and Sarah (Blanchard) Pritchard. She had 3 siblings; Ardith, Pamela, and Tom. She graduated from Adel High School in 1951. She met the love of her life, Larry Van Fossen, in Adel, and they married after high school. They moved to Ames, so Larry could pursue his education and long career at Iowa State University. After being at home, raising her family, Beverly enrolled at DMACC to obtain her nursing degree. She worked at McFarland Clinic until her retirement.
Due to Larry’s profession as an Agricultural Engineer, Larry and Beverly were privileged to be able to travel the world together. Their young family lived in Guatemala for a year, then later in Kenya for two years. They traveled to countless countries over the years and made multitudes of lifelong friends around the world.
Beverly was a wonderful mom, grandma, and great-grandma. She was an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan, a member of the ISU Women’s Club, Ag Engineering Wives Club, Retired Nurses’ Club, P.E.O. Chapter IV, a faithful member of Collegiate United Methodist Church, a dedicated volunteer, and a loving and compassionate friend to many. Beverly has been proud to be involved with the Iowa State University Kinesiology Department Parkinson’s Disease Singing and Research group since its beginning. The weekly gatherings and concerts have been a highlight for her. Beverly has spent her last years enjoying all aspects of living at Green Hills Retirement Community. When she moved there, she was involved with the health care board, active with social committee, and in her final days, has experienced the loving care of Aspen Court Healthcare.
Survivors include her son, Ted (Beci) Van Fossen of Axtell, NE; daughter, Belinda “Bea” (David) Smith of Ames, IA; daughter-in-law, Darnell Van Fossen of Nevada, IA; 9 grandchildren and their spouses; 12 great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry; son, Ken; great-grandchildren, Marcus Graves and Minnie Van Fossen.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for Beverly’s family at www.adamssoderstrum.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to ISU Foundation: Larry Van Fossen Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering Scholarship, or American Parkinson’s Disease Association.