Beverly Ann Wilson

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Beverly Ann Wilson passed away peacefully on August 27th at Park Meadows in Overland Park, Kansas after battling failing health for many months. 

Beverly was born on November 23, 1934, to Harvey Vail and Iola Leinenweaver in Sigourney, Iowa and she graduated from Thornburg High School in 1952.  After high school, Beverly trained at the Gail Institute and was employed by Wisconsin Airlines in Madison, WI, and Minneapolis, MN.  On May 10, 1953, she married her high school sweetheart Burris G. Wilson.  While Burris was deployed with the Air Force to Korea, Beverly worked at Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids, IA.  After Burris returned from Korea, he and Beverly were stationed at Warner Robins AFB in Georgia where Beverly worked as a civil servant. 

In 1957 Beverly and Burris moved to Overland Park, Kansas.  Beverly soon applied her piano-playing talent to serve as organist for the newly formed Valley View United Methodist Church.   After spending many years in Overland Park raising three children, they retired to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1994.  There Beverly enjoyed many creative interests such as quilt making, cross-stitching, crocheting, dulcimer playing, and bird watching.  She worked as a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Association, was an avid reader of westerns and mystery novels, and a devoted fan of college sports teams, particularly the Arkansas Razorbacks.  In 2019 Beverly and Burris returned to Overland Park to be closer to family. 

Beverly leaves behind Burris her husband of 68 years, children Wendy (Greg) Abbott of Broken Arrow, OK, David (Michele) Wilson of Shawnee, KS, and Tricia (Lawson) Rener of Leawood, KS, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a brother Max Vail of Des Moines, IA. 


A memorial service and interment will be held at a later date at Bella Vista, AR. 

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Beverly’s honor to either Crossroads Church 10551 Quivira Rd, Shawnee Mission KS 66215, St. Luke’s Hospice 3516 Summit, Kansas City, MO 64111, or Highlands United Methodist Church 371 Glasgow Rd, Bella Vista, AR 72715.


  1. Darrell & Linda Vail on September 21, 2021 at 10:28 am

    We remember BEVERLY for different reasons–a great laugh, a unique perspective, a story shared.
    But mostly, we remember a life well-lived and honor a person well-loved.
    Hoping your memories bring you comfort in your time of loss, and that it lifts your heart to know others share your sadness.

    Love, Darrell & Linda

    • Burris Wilson on October 2, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Thanks Darrell and Linda for the kind words. Yes she was always happy and she enjoyed life. We had 68 plus years together and that is comforting. I do indeed miss her and know we will be together again in the future. Thanks again we always treated you two as one of the family. Love Burris

  2. Lori Caraccio on September 7, 2021 at 6:08 am

    Dan and I have such fond memories of the times we shared when we lived in Overland Park. You and Beverly were always so warm and welcoming. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Dan and Lori

  3. Tinette Wallace on September 2, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    We will miss Beverly and thankful for the time we got to know her here in AR. Thankful for the friendship she had with in laws. We are so sorry for her passing. You are in our prayers and thinking of you all.
    Love. Lloyd, Tinette. Ryan and Emilie Wallace

  4. Joyce Miller on September 1, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Burris – You and Bev were among Bert and my first friends when we all moved next door in 1955 and remained “best friends” still to this day. We shared so many Thanksgivings together with our young families and those remain some of my favorite memories. Our families bonded and we were instantly family. It’s hard to imagine life without Bev and Bert, but they have both gone on home before us and am confident they are waiting until the day we will all be together again. Bev loved the Lord, family and friends and the absence of her presence will be missed by all. May God bless you, Burris and family, in His special way. Psalms 116:15

    • Burris Wilson on September 2, 2021 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks Joyce. We had some great times as our families were so close.

  5. Jack & Mary Jo Prock on September 1, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    Burris, and Family,
    We extend to each and everyone of you our deepest condolences upon Beverly’s passing. Our Heavenly Father has taken her home to be with Him and others who share His love and peace. May you find comfort in the loving memories you have of Beverly and always treasure them. Beverly was truly a remarkable woman.
    Keeping each and everyone of you in our thoughts and prayers-
    Jack & Mary Jo

    • Burris Wilson on September 2, 2021 at 7:11 pm

      Thanks, it means a lot.

  6. Linda C Vail on September 1, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Eventhough I didn’t know Beverly well I liked her from the get-go. She was so open, friendly and accepting, and I will miss her.

    • Burris Wilson on September 2, 2021 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts, they mean a lot to us.

  7. Chuck Miller on September 1, 2021 at 8:55 am

    Burris, Chris and I extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Beverly. Although we haven’t seen Beverly for several years, we remember her fondly. You are in our prayers.

    Chris and Chuck Miller

    • Burris Wilson on September 2, 2021 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Chuck, it means a lot to us.

  8. Bob Kellerman (Allied Signal) on September 1, 2021 at 6:01 am


    I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Burris Wilson on September 2, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Bob, it is appreciated.

  9. Glenda and M.L. Gold on August 31, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Burris, We send our heart felt condolences to you and your family. We always enjoyed our times together with you and Bev. When M.L. and I first moved to Bella Vista and you introduced us to Bev, she introduced me to Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) in 2003. I have been so grateful for that and am still attending BSF today. Our thoughts and prayers are for God to bring you, your children and grandchildren peace and comfort at this difficult time.
    We send our love,
    Glenda and M.L Gold

    • Burris Wilson on September 2, 2021 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks ML and Glenda, we had some good times. I really appreciate it, it is going to take time

  10. Ron and Sharon Vail on August 31, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Our thoughts are with the family. She will certainly be remembered well by us.

    • Burris Wilson on September 2, 2021 at 7:19 pm

      Thanks a lot. It means so much to us.

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