Beverly Joan (Reese) Sharp

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Beverly Joan (Reese) Sharp was born on October 26, 1951 in Sedalia, MO to Cora Faye and George Reese, and re-joined her Creator on January 22, 2022 at home in Overland Park, KS. Bev was a proud alumna of Smith-Cotton High School (We are Great, We are Fine, We are Seniors ’69!). She was an avid traveler, skilled seamstress and baker, practical parent, doting grandma, fun-loving friend, bubble aficionado, and self-proclaimed National Park Geek.

Beverly moved to Garden City, KS in 1977 where she began a long career of volunteering at the First United Methodist Church, on committees, chancel choir, potlucks, bell choir fundraisers, circle groups, and more potlucks. She spent 28 years working in the Finney County Treasurer’s Office, but perfected the “side hustle” before it was a thing… If you needed something hemmed, a blouse or suit made, formal attire torn apart and put back together, or to learn how to sew in Finney County, you called “the redhead in the Treasurer’s Office”. When your party needed a little extra umph, Bev’s Baking to the rescue. Her thick, soft, iced sugar cookies and carrot cakes were legendary.

She narrowly avoided a restraining order from Neil Diamond, but it wasn’t for lack of trying! Attending more Neil concerts than we can count (though she did), she eagerly awaited his imminent proposal, and was slightly mollified when he married a redhead. 

In 2011, she moved to Kansas City to perfect the arts of retirement and grandmothering, often combining both by traveling to see her grandsons and taking her granddaughter along. She joined Meetup groups, hosted parties, and planned outings, growing her circle of friends and reconnecting with her adored Sedalia crew.  She was able to find “volunteer” jobs shopping estate sales and listening to live music by helping La Sertoma and the JCCC Vol-Stars.

Beverly’s only bucket list was to visit as many National Parks as possible. Not picking one to see over another, just taking every opportunity to go to any of them. Chasing – as her son-in-law, Dan called them – “half dead trees” across the country as the seasons changed was a hallmark of her adventures. She walked across Vermont, enjoyed rocking chairs on cabin porches overlooking the Smoky Mountains and dozens of other vistas, bicycled through the Ozarks, trained across the western US, and made hundreds of friends along the way.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Sharp (Dan Bruyn), son, Brian, granddaughter, Anna Bruyn, grandsons, Alex and Coran Sharp, her brother, Bob Reese of Harrison, AR, and six Sharp and Reese nieces and nephews, their spouses and children.

Service

A “LDYNRED”-themed memorial service (please wear red) will be held on Saturday, Apr 2, 2022at 4:00 pm at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, KS. To honor Bev, enjoy a sunset, visit a National Park, listen to some Neil Diamond, blow some bubbles, or bake cookies for a friend. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the First United Methodist Church in Garden City, Kansas, or Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kansas.

12 Comments

  1. Patti Wist on April 11, 2022 at 9:34 am

    Smiles. Smiles are what I will remember when I think of Beverly. Beverly. My taking care of Beverly through hospice care was for such a breif moment in her life. What I can share is that through the little snipits of stories is that Beverly touched so many people in her life with such positivity and laughter. Id like to think that Beverly is looking down from heaven with a big smile on her face (as
    I remember her when Id come to see her), saying, “Everything is just fine”

  2. Shenequa Deas on January 29, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    I was fortunate to know this beautiful woman. Stephanie’s wonderful mom and Anna’s fun grandma with the contagious laugh. I know she is resting in peace and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to have her in my life. Much love.

  3. Kari Mueller on January 29, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    My heart goes out to her family and friends- our sincere condolences to all of you, Brian and Stephanie, you are in our thoughts during this huge loss to all of you-
    Brett and Kari(Kraus) Mueller

  4. Elsa Garcia Ulrich on January 28, 2022 at 3:05 pm

    Stephanie and Brian — I am sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. She and I worked at the County for many years. One of my favorite memories — She took me to my first Neil Diamond concert and we had so much fun. I think she had more fun watching my reaction as I was so amazed at how big of a deal it was to be there. Needless to say, we attended a few more concerts, including going to Omaha the day after Stephanie’s wedding – I will never forget! She would always bring a cake to work to celebrate Neil’s birthday.

    I learned a lot from her over the years — and watched her groom you two into the adults you are today. She got things done and when she couldn’t, there was always a Plan B.

    Rest in Peace !

  5. Darci Magneson on January 27, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    Beautiful write up! Prayers for all the family and friends involved

  6. Melinda on January 27, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Your mom was a strong, selfless, smart woman. I loved here stories of traveling with the grandkids. What a gem she was, I am going to miss her so much. She was an amazing volunteer to the La Sertoma organization and she helped me so much along the way!

    Melinda

  7. Gloria Knight on January 27, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    Beautiful tribute for Bev….she was always a happy and fun person to be around….if you met her for the first time you were sure to remember her….I’m sure she will be missed by many, many friends.

  8. Cheryl Carroll on January 26, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Your mom was a great lady, I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Prayers for peace and comfort as you navigate the days and weeks ahead! Rest easy my friend!

  9. Katie Hahn on January 26, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Prayers to you both, Brian and Stephanie! May God grant you comfort knowing that she is now in her heavenly home, welcomed by the arms of Christ and of those whom have gone before her. May peace fill your hearts and may you and your children be blessed with a multitude of wonderful memories. Lord, May the perpetual light always shine upon her and may her soul rest in peace.

  10. Sara F Robinson on January 26, 2022 at 6:47 am

    A life well lived & she brought happiness & kindness everywhere she went. So very glad we knew Bev and you kids! She was so proud of you ! Her very courageous fight against cancer was so admirable; so very glad she lived near you,Stephanie, Dan & Anna as I know you took such good care of her, just as she had loved taking care of you! And the wonderful trips she took to see Brian & family brought her such joy. May you remember all the great memories that I know you will continue to cherish. She loved greatly, what a blessing to us all.

    • Charmayne C on March 13, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      My heart goes out to all of us and especially the family! What a great woman she was. She taught us all how to be better, joyful, down-to-earth, and goal oriented people. She was a grandmother who never gave up and made certain they all knew grandma loved them always. Any time we asked about the grandchildren she beamed with that big Beverly smile that made us all joyful as well, as if we knew each one personally!

      She gave us all great emotional intelligence tools to build upon our character. What I loved about Bev the most is that she saw me, she heard me, she knew me, and that is why we followed her so willingly. We were all in “it” together. She was one amazing leader and God will honor her for her gracious soul, her uncompromising beliefs, and life lessons that she taught very well! I loved her. Stephanie and Brian she was your mom, and you were her armor! I hope you know that!

  11. Peggy Galvin on January 26, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Stephanie, what a wonderful tribute to your mom. I’m so sorry for your loss. RIP, Mrs Sharp!
    Peggy Galvin

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