Celebration of Life services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Marshall, with the Rev. Sandy Nenadal and William W. Harlow officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorials be made to American Cancer Society, First United Methodist Church, Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice or Miami Cemetery Association in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Beverly was born Sept. 17, 1940, in the river bottoms of Miami, to Paul and Ruth Davis Stonner. She attended Miami R-1, graduated from Marshall High School and received a secretarial/bookkeeping certificate from Central Missouri State University. On June 19, 1959, Beverly married her childhood sweetheart, Larry Holland. They began their career in farming with Beverly always working alongside Larry as an equal partner in the operation. In more recent years, as a sideline to farming, she was a successful real estate agent, but always maintained that deep love for the farm life.
She considered her most important role as that of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. No person could have taken more delight in their family or been more proud of their family than what this Nana did. When it was meal time, there was always an extra plate at the table for whoever was around at that time. She was a lifelong member of Miami United Methodist Church until its closing, at which time she and Larry moved their membership to First United Methodist Church in Marshall. In addition to being a member of the church, and volunteering there, she had been a 4-H leader, and member of Beta Sigma Phi.
Beverly was born a Stonner and displayed the best of the Stonner characteristics. She was a hard worker, entertaining and of strong will. This strong will was displayed throughout her life as she dealt with people and life's issues. She always addressed any problem head on and with a full head of steam. Anyone who knew Beverly knew she was an unstoppable force of nature. This was also displayed in the last struggle of her life in her battle with cancer. Beverly fought this battle with the determination of a bulldog, and the grace and wit of a saint with the knowledge that God was in her corner. Several of her doctor's commented on just how resilient she was. Despite a valiant effort by Beverly, cancer won this battle. She is no doubt bending God's ear in discussing the unfairness of cancer.
While not a member of many social groups, Beverly and Larry touched many lives. Generous with her time and talents, she will be sorely missed. Countless family and friends will attest to that.
In addition to her husband, Larry, she is survived by their two daughters, Lesa Weiss and her husband, Chris, of Jackson and Lynn Thompson of rural Miami and her companion, Danny McGraw; five grandchildren, Jennifer Richardson and her husband, Dustin, Andrew Weiss, Abigail Weiss, Joseph Thompson and Nicholaus Thompson and his wife, Elizabeth; and two great-grandchildren, Axel Thompson and Marie Richardson.
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