Beverly Jean “Bev” Heidlebaugh
Apr. 23, 1943 – Jan. 12, 2020
Beverly Jean (“Bev”) Heidlebaugh passed on unto the hands of her Lord and Savior on January 12, 2020 in Spokane, WA with her children by her side. She was born on April 23, 1943 in Rugby, ND to parents Alfred and Olga ( Loken) Wurgler.
Bev was raised in Knox, North Dakota where her family owned and operated a service station and rental cabins. She attended Rugby High School graduating with the class of 1961. She married her husband Curtis Heidlebaugh on April 28, 1963 at the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, outside of Knox. Curtis worked for the United States Forest Service where he was assigned to several different ranger stations during the early years of his career. During this time, Bev and Curtis welcomed three wonderful children into their lives first with the birth of Glenn in Orofino, ID, next was Carmen, born in Missoula, MT, and lastly, Paul who was born in Sandpoint, ID. The family moved to Colville, WA in 1973, and shortly after Bev and Curtis divorced.
Bev moved to Chewelah, WA with her daughter, Carmen, in 1974 and began working for Pacific Trail, which later became K-L Manufacturing. Upon the opening of St. Joseph’s Long Term Care Unit in Chewelah, Bev left the sewing factory and began a long career as a CNA until her retirement. In the years that followed, she dusted off her sewing machine and joined her daughter to make and market a line of Waldorf
dolls and kits online. Bev had a strong faith and was a member of the Chewelah United Church of Christ and Good Intent. She was an avid knitter and helped establish the UCC Prayer Shawl Ministry where she knit and presented many shawls over the past 12 years. Bev always enjoyed being active and after being diagnosed with Scleroderma felt it was even more important to keep moving.
Bev was a member of the Chewelah 49’ers Square Dance Club and often traveled around to attend dances at other clubs. She also enjoyed yoga, “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” with Richard Simmons, and when her health was not so well she would exercise to “Sit and Be Fit”. Most of all, Bev enjoyed getting out and walking. She walked the Chewelah loop regularly for over 40 years and became known as the lady with the bright pink coat.
Bev enjoyed time with family and made regular trips back to North Dakota with her children to visit extended family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and supporting them in their various activities. She shared her Norwegian traditions with them that included baking lefse, Norwegian cookies, and Saturday nights with “Molly B’s Polka Party” on TV. She had an affinity for house plants, especially her colorful African Violets, and nurtured them as if they were her children. Bev was an independent, humble, and determined woman, she lived modestly, and believed in keeping things simple. She had a bubbly personality, warm smile, and a positive “glass half full” attitude. Bev was a caring listener and a very good friend to others. She will be dearly missed by all.
Bev was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Olga. She is survived by her children, Glenn Heidlebaugh (Mary Callahan) of Seattle, WA, Carmen (Paul) Hartill of Chewelah, WA and Paul (Janene) Heidlebaugh of Spokane Valley, WA; sister, Donna (Darryl) Blessum of Oklahoma and brother, Richard (Edie) Wurgler of Knox, ND., and grandchildren Brittany, Brett, Megan, Ava, and Eleanor; and her
beloved dog, Hank.
The memorial service for Mrs. Beverly Jean Heidlebaugh took place on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the United Church of Christ in Chewelah, WA Pastor Jess Peacock Officiant. Please visit the online
memorial and sign the guestbook at Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory have been entrusted with her arrangements.
Memorial contributions in Beverly’s honor can be made to Good Intent at the Chewelah UCC.
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