I will always remember how truly intelligent Bev was. Not only about religion and journalism and just about everything else, but how truly intuitive she was when it came to knowing people. Bev had a huge heart for caring and she demonstrated mercy and compassion toward everyone. Even when I left the newspaper for a time, she would regularly schedule lunches with me, just to see how I was doing and to talk about what we were reading at the time and about where life was taking us.
Bev was an encourager and she wasn’t afraid to point out what most pastors call our “stinking thinking.” She put all of herself into her writing, always with her readers in mind. She was optimistic about what she felt God had in store for her and she used her attitude to influence others positively.
I recall being at her funeral and marveling at all the people gathered there whose lives she had touched in some measure. It was a profound moment to see the many who came to pay tribute to one of the most well-respected individuals I have ever known.
“You are my friend and I love working with you. Thank you for giving and touching so many lives including my own. Your assistance in our products and shows is greatly appreciated and without your role in them, they would not be as successful. The changes you make and the ideas you come up with are awesome. I’m glad you stop by in the mornings to say hi and smile. I’m sorry that I haven’t been more aware or available. I hope you never leave us and I will always consider you my sister in Christ.”
My prayer nowadays are that I don’t take advantage of these opportunities we have each and everyday to make a difference in the life of someone else. I want to smile more, love more, care more, share more, and most of all tell others more often how important they are to me. And that is why I am sending this to you.
I love you and consider you one of my dearest friends. I am sorry if I have ever let you down or upset you. I hope we are together for many years to come; but if we are not, I want you to know how I feel so I can say I never missed the opportunities I am blessed with each and every day.
Register-Herald advertising director.
in a letter he wrote to Bev after her death.