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Beatrice "Bea" Yvonne Knepp
Beatrice "Bea" Yvonne (Hershberger) Knepp, 79, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, formerly of Afton, Oklahoma, and Kalona, Iowa, died Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale, Arkansas. A celebration of her life will be held Monday, August 22, 2022, at 10:30 AM at the East Union Mennonite Church in rural Kalona, with Pastor Joel Beachy officiating. Burial will follow at the East Union Cemetery. The service will be available via Livestream. The family will greet friends from 3 - 6 PM Sunday, August 21, 2022, at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. A memorial fund has been established for the family's use.
Bea was born February 13, 1943, in Wellman, Iowa, the daughter of Clyde and Ollie (Brenneman) Hershberger. She attended Iowa Mennonite School. On August 12, 1961, she was united in marriage to Edward Knepp at the West Union Mennonite Church. Her first few years of marriage were spent in Evanston, Illinois in the 1W Service. Bea was a farmer's wife and was a cook for the University of Iowa for over 20 years. She was a member of East Union Mennonite Church. Bea was known for her ‘famous’ cinnamon rolls and were gifted to many. Her door was always open and it was not uncommon for visitors to drop by unannounced and stay for a meal. Bea enjoyed cooking, playing the organ, listening to music, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family.
Survivors include five children: Randy (Cathy) Knepp of Oklahoma, Lyn (Ami) Knepp of Iowa, Brad (Tracy) Knepp of Arkansas, Darla (Eddie) Trejo of Australia, Jina (Wally) Almquist of Illinois, 18 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and four siblings: Elaine Cole, Herb Hershberger, Larry Hershberger, and Linda Cole.
Preceding Bea in death were her parents, her husband Ed, four children: Diane, Eddie, Ryan, and Jody, and her brother Cecil Hershberger.
Dear Knepp Family,
Your mother was such a wonderful person, caring, loving and supportive. She became friends with the Dane & Driscoll families in the mid-late 1980's when she helped my Grandma Dane around the house. Bea was a good friend and provided not only companionship but was always positive and compassionate. Bea was an example of a Christian woman who worked hard to support her family. What a beautiful lady, inside and out. We missed running into her in town after she moved.
I hope you are comforted knowing she is now with your Dad in Heaven. They raised you well, and this will give you strength as you go through the difficult days and weeks ahead. Please know how much your mom was appreciated and admired. Her love remains with all of us! Blessings.
Jane Driscoll Aug 24 2022 11:20 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother and what a beautiful picture!
She cleaned for my Mom for many years before my parents moved into Oaknoll in 2000. Bea was such a big help for Mom and made a difference.
So many memories of her and she was so proud of her family.
Janet (Dane) Driscoll Aug 24 2022 4:41 PM
A candle was lit in memory of Beatrice "Bea" Knepp
Candice Watts Aug 21 2022 6:05 AM
Your mother was a kind, lovely, hardworking lady. I am an old neighbor that found the cancer on little Eddie at one year old, something I will never forget. My deepest sympathy.
Lucille Duwa Aug 20 2022 7:30 PM
My deepest sympathies to the entire family. I have known Bea since 1976 through Washington Township, although hadn't seen her since she moved away from Frytown. She was such a sweet person, and I always loved talking to her. I am blessed to have known her.
Marilyn Yoder Aug 17 2022 9:53 PM