Beverly Hursh

December 26, 1940 - September 4, 2020

Beverly Hursh


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Beverly Hursh, 79, of Belvidere, IL, died peacefully September 4, 2020, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 26, 1940 in Harvard, IL, daughter to William and Marian (Smith) Conley. Beverly graduated from North Boone High School and worked at United Way in Belvidere as a secretary. She also volunteered at First United Methodist Church in Belvidere. She belonged to the Red Hats and attended her Thursdays “Coffee Clutch” with the ladies from her neighborhood. Beverly loved chocolate chip cookies, baking, reading, the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Bears.

 Beverly will be dearly missed by her daughter, Susan Waybrant: son- in- law, Skip Waybrant and her sons, William Hursh and James Hursh;  daughter- in-Iaw,  Kylena Hursh; grandchildren, Jeff (Megan) Hursh, Amy (Jerrod) Hawkins, Daniel (Jenny) Koenings, Richelle (Derek) Gilpin, Samantha St Vincent, Keeva Hursh, Travis Hursh; great grandchildren, Xoe and Jaxon Hursh, Jair and Cole Hawkins, Jayden and Bode Koenings, and Aiden and Nathan Hollaway; and sister, Phyllis Conley (Doty) and brother in-law, George Doty.

She was predeceased in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Hursh; and daughter-in-Law, Marsha Koenings-Hursh.There will be a private memorial service that can be watched via Live-Streaming at at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Rev. Jim Bell will officiate.  To share a memory, and light a candle, please visit

Service Schedule

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
11:00 am

There will be a private memorial service that can be watched via Live-Streaming at at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 9, 2020.

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I just saw Bev’s obituary yesterday, and it’s been on my mind ever since. Bev is one of my first cousins and, although I haven’t seen her for several years, I’ll never forget those great holidays at the farm (seems like yesterday). I would love to call Phyllis (Cheech) but don’t have her number. Please know that I am so very sorry for your loss.

Dianne Smith Mulligan 2020-12-30T12:58:10

How I will miss you dear friend. Such great times we had together. I pray for comfort for the family at this time. God said He will hold us up in these difficult times. His Word is our comfort.

Beth Black 2020-09-14T13:17:43

We will miss you so much Bev! Our thoughts are with your family now and we will continue to love and miss you.


Kim, Andrew, Eleanor & Lyndon Melms

Kim & Andrew Melms and Family 2020-09-09T16:16:48

I have to correct my end of my Post….
….. she WAS NOT only the Matriarch of the Hursh family, a Great (and yes she was Great) a Great Grandmother to my boys Jair & Cole.
But she was also my best friend, MY BFF.
I will miss you dearly
XxOo – Amy

Amy Golden (Hawkins) 2020-09-09T13:07:30

Prayers will continue for you family — as Bev lives on through you. So glad to have been included in NBHS class of ’55 reunions the last several years; Bev was always so friendly and welcoming. Was good to get to know her better then and today.

Nova -Larson- Quigley 2020-09-09T11:48:43

I remember the first time I met Bev/Memaw.
I was 16yrs old and Bill took me out to practice my driving skills ( (scary huh!.). We went to his parents house. Bev had just made cookies. So was very excited to met me. I I instantly fell in love with her and then when Bill & I left I hit the garbage cans at end of Driveway.
I hate classifying people within the familyS when you are a child of divorced parents.
Meaning, technically I was a step granddaughter but she never made me feel like a step child at all. There was a time that we lived with them.
My family was building a house when I was 20yrs old. I was dating Jerrod and when she met him. She was again was so kind and loving to him. In fact – regarding the cookies he love them very much as well and sometimes during the holidays when she did a lot of baking she would send me cookies and Chex mix down or when she came down she always had cookies and Chex mix for us. Bev made the holidays so fun oh my goodness – the food…. just the day of the Family being together ……. Bev/Memaw made the holidays so fun. You know the feeling you get when you really look 👀 into Norman Rockwell photo? That’s how I felt during the holidays at her home.
Many of you don’t know of the bond I had with her it’s starting in my 20s. I told her of “firsts” that were happening to me. Meaning She WAS the first person I told things to.
The I I moved to Tennessee after I married Jerrod I still called her not as much but she was always still there for me. Then when my mother died, there was a day about a yr later when I WAS having an awful day and I NEEDED to talk to Mom …. It dawned on me I still HAD a mom I could talk to, Bev/Memaw did indeed fill the void that I had from losing my mother the person I need to talk to when things happened help either get me through Whether it be good bad or ugly or just to say hi to She became the mom I needed. But what she’s BECAME Was so much more. I only talked to her for 60-90 seconds on the Tuesday, days before she last But I was able to get out in quick speed everything that was going on with my family and I got to say I love you to her and feel so blessed for that .
Yes she wasn’t matriarch of the Hursh family but to me she was my best friend who I miss dearly.

Amy Golden (Hawkins) 2020-09-09T11:39:17

My sincere condolences to you and your families. Bev was such a warm and caring person. I will miss her stories and laughter. I know she will leave you with a heavy heart, but look to heaven and smile at her.

Mary, “RedHats”

Mary Lindenberg 2020-09-09T11:18:18

I met Bev when I came to First UMC in the fall of 2017 and she and I have held a *friendly* rivalry between our own two favorite Chicago baseball teams. She teased that I should come to her funeral in my White Sox shirt because she wouldn’t recognize me otherwise. Bev, I have kept that promise and am proudly wearing my black and silver as I know your heart runs red and blue. But there’s always Da Bears! That we can agree on! God bless you my friend

Sharon Rice 2020-09-09T11:00:44

So sad, too soon. Bev was always so nice to me and made great apple pie. 😔❤️

David Slater 2020-09-09T09:36:26

So sorry for your loss! Praying for you and your family

Carla Ballard 2020-09-08T20:23:15

We are so sorry for Bev’s passing. She was a neat lady and will be greatly missed❤️

Luci and Tom Hoover 2020-09-08T18:26:21

We are sorry to hear about Bev’s passing. She truly was a great lady. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill and Jim, and all the grandchildren.

Karen and Jim Villebro 2020-09-08T12:21:11

So sorry to hear of Bev’s passing. She was a dear friend and a wonderful neighbor. We will truly miss her. Comfort to know she and Ralph are together again. Thoughts and Prayers are with her family.

Ron & Bonnie Gibbs 2020-09-08T11:06:00

I will miss Bev’s smile and laughter in the office. She made sure when she brought chocolate chip cookies in, that there were some with very few chips for me. My prayers go out to all the family.

Debbi Bloomingdale 2020-09-08T11:03:27

So sorry about Bev’s passing. She was a dear friend and a wonderful neighbor. We will truly miss her. There is comfort in knowing that she and Ralph are together again. Thoughts and Prayers to all the family

Ron & Bonnie Gibbs 2020-09-08T11:00:48

We offer our prayerful thoughts for your healing of grief at this time. As Jerry’s first cousin we truly loved and knew Bev for the kind, sincere, genuine person she was. Sincerely, The family of the late Jerry Conley.

Jeanette Conley 2020-09-08T07:15:35

Dear Jim,

My wife and I were shocked and saddened to hear of your mother Bev’s passing.
Too many nice memories keep coming up in my mind and I can’t stop my sadness.
I imagine your grief must be overwhelming.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Sincerest condolences,
Kat Mizutani

命の歌 Song of Life … by Mariya Takeuchi
(Translated from Japanese)

Whenever I ask myself “What is the meaning of life?”
My heart is filled with the warmth of the people I love.
It’s a miracle we met each other in a corner of this planet.
A treasure more precious than any jewel.
Some days I want to cry, some days I mourn in despair.
A shadow of you gently by my side at such times
Singing together, our sweet memories would come back to me.
The gentle warmth of a hometown sunset.
The really important things are hidden from view.
There’s an irreplaceable joy in every little day.
We all have to say goodbye to our planet someday.
The time will come, but the life will be passed on.
I was born, and have been raised.
We’ve met. We’ve laughed.
Thank you for all of that.
Thank you for the life.
いのちの歌 | Inochi no uta

Kat Mizutani 2020-09-08T03:14:38

My thoughts and prayers to all of you on the loss of your mother, sister, grandmother and my cousin. I talked to Bev two weeks ago . We talked about how my sister Delores(Lorrie) and I used to spend time at the farm playing with Bev and Phyliss. There were 5 Conley boys, my Dad Charlie was the oldest and Bev’s Dad Bill was the youngest. May the perpetual light shine upon her. Diane Conley Scillo

Diane Y Scillo 2020-09-08T01:18:24

Dear Phyllis and All, Bev was SO friendly whenever I encountered her. I love the memories I have of her in high school! My condolences to the entire family for having to part with both Ralph and Bev in such a short time. May God comfort you.

Rosemary Palmer 2020-09-07T18:17:55

Jim we are so sorry for your loss. We know how hard it can be to lose a parent. You and Kylena are in our thoughts and prayers.

Kevin and Sandra Jacobs 2020-09-07T17:08:40

So sorry for your familys loss 🙏 the Lord be with you all in this time

Bill Toft 2020-09-07T17:01:57

Very sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your entire family!!! HFF

Pete Grutzius 2020-09-07T16:54:53

So sorry for your loss Jim & Kylena! May she rest in peace!

Mark & Tracy McConnell 2020-09-07T15:59:41

Jim and Kylena, we are so sorry for your loss! Bev can now rest peacefully with Ralph!😢

Chuck and Kathy Johnson 2020-09-07T13:46:43


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