Beverly B. (Sprague) Zehr, 85, of West Chester, died Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospital. A memorial celebration of her life will be held Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 1:30 PM at the West Chester United Methodist Church, with Pastor Don Patterson officiating. The service will be available via livestream at the Beatty Peterseim Facebook Page. Her body has been cremated and burial will be held at the West Chester Cemetery following the service. A memorial fund has been established for the West Chester United Methodist Church and the West Chester Heritage Association.
Beverly Belle Zehr was born April 7, 1936, in Lime Creek Township, the daughter of Isaac A. and Eunice B. (Bell) Sprague. She graduated from Keota High School and attended college in Missouri for accounting. Bev worked at a savings and loan in Cedar Rapids before her marriage. On November 28, 1964, she was united in marriage to Stanley G. Zehr. Beverly worked in accounting for the Exporter Elevator in West Chester for many years. She was a faithful member of the West Chester United Methodist Church where she was active as United Methodist Women historian, helped fold the monthly newsletter and assisted in setting up communion. She also served on the Election Board and helped with elections, including the most recent election only a week before her passing. Bev enjoyed watching Iowa Hawkeye sports, going to the casino, buying lottery tickets, reading, knitting, and traveling. She was a beautiful soul, known to help anyone that needed help.
Survivors include her brother Leland (Shelley) Sprague of Ojai, CA, two sisters-in-law: Deidre Zehr of Washington and Ruth Zehr of Washington and a number of nieces and nephews.
Preceding Bev in death were her parents, her husband Stanley in 2005, her brother Marvin Sprague and her sister Diana Brown.