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April 02, 1937 - May 20, 2012Beverly Crittenden, 75 a lifelong resident of Rockford, died Sunday, May 20, 2012 in her home with her loving husband at her side. Born April 2, 1937 the daughter of Clifford T. and Beatrice (Martin) Holland. Married her loving husband, Paul W. Crittenden. Beverly worked at Rockford Memorial Hospital as a Registered Nurse for 27 years. A member of the Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church, Blackhawk Trails Club, Wild Ones, Natural Land Institute, Ridges Sanctuary and Out of Doors Water Color Group. She and Paul spent a lot of their time camping and enjoying the beauties of nature together. Paul would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to her VNA hospice nurse, Vicki, for all that she did for Beverly. Survivors include her husband Paul; sisters, Roberta Carlson and Delores Mordt. Preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Michaeline Rule.
I was deeply saddened to here about Bev's passing. I will always remember what a kind and caring person she was. She will be missed by all!
Paul, I am so sorry to hear of Bev's passing. We have been friends since our Fireside in 1999 and I did sound at your anniversary party. My heart is with you.
Paul Dale Anderson
Paul, I am so saddened to hear of Bev's passing. I was in nurses training with her at "Swedes" and I have so many wonderful memories of that time we spent together. One of my deepest regrets now is that we did not reconnect after we went our seperate ways after our training. Bev was truly "one of a kind". She was so caring and compassionate and WAAAY ahead of her time in caring for our planet. She was one of the most intelligent people I have ever known and she was always studying. In the evenings after our classes we would go for "penny hikes" (her idea) and we would leave the dorm and begin walking and when we would come to a corner we would flip a coin to see if we would go right for heads or left for tails. We never knew where we were going to end up but Bev brought along one of our textbooks and we would study and quiz each other while we walked. Because she belonged to your hiking club she could always hike circles around me. She was also a talented artist and a photographer. We went on our psych affiliation to Anna State Hospital together and I was fortunate enough to have her as my roomate that entire time. I could tell you hundreds of stories from that time and I still laugh out loud when I think about some of them. There is a brighter star in the Heavens now that Bev has left us but she has left a lasting impression in many hearts.
My sincerest sympathies to you Paul. I know she loved you dearly.
So glad I got a chance to know Beverly and Paul, very good people. Paul I know you will miss her dearly, but if you ever just need to talk or be with friends you know where to find us, just come to the overlook, God Bless.
We are saddened to hear of the passing away of Beverly. She was a very inspirational person; we will remember her in our prayers and our thoughts.
Bev was the best. I will always remember her work in the linen department at Trash or Treasure. Last year when she no longer was up to chairing that, she provided the most detailed instructions, complete with drawings of where everything should go. It was clear from those, that she was a nurse! I will miss her, and am keeping you in my thoughts, Paul.
I am a longtime admirer of Bev--her enthusiastic approach to life and her caring heart. I remember that she wanted to contribute to our voter registration project at church, so she fed all of us supper at considerable time and expense on her part.
She was quite a person and I will miss her.
We were both so sad to here the new and the loss of such a lovely lady. She will be missed and her wonderful smile. Our thoughts are withyou at this very difficult time.
Kim and Carly Vollmer
Paul, God bless you in the loss of your
loving wife and best friend. Bev was a brave soul, a unique, extremely interesting person, full of information and always seeking more. Remember your favorite song: "I'll Be Seeing You"? Be comforted in the knowledge that you will see her again.
Aunt Bev was very special to my family. Always came to our special occassions with a smile! She lived an awesome life with her husband and Best Friend enjoying nature hikes and the outdoors. She fought this ugly disease for many years. We will miss her but, all know she is not suffering and will be smiling down and watching over all of us. I am proud to have had her as my Aunt.
Bruce and I will miss Bev so much. Bruce loved her like a sister. Some words to describe her--caring,gentle, inquisitive, understanding,patient,encouraging, intelligent, fun.... and so much more. I'm reminded how she used to close her letters--and so, for too brief a time, Bev- you were "Tenderly" ours.
BEV'S CARING AND CHEERFUL DISPOSITION WILL BE GREATLY MISSED. SHE KEPT ME GOING WHEN WE WALKED TOGETHER WITH THE HIKING CLUB.
Eldon L. Ring
Ronald R. Huyck
Katelynn M. Gourley
Ellerd "Tiger" Stolgren
Anthony "Tony" Pellegrini
H. Alice Persaud
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