Beverlee McPeak 1934 – 2020

VALENTINE, NE – Beverlee Lee McPeak was born November 1, 1934 in Alliance, NE. She was one of five children born to
Guy and Lottie (McCord) Smith. Bev grew up on family ranches near Oshkosh and Brewster, NE and
graduated from Brewster High School in 1952. Beverlee married Donald Gene McPeak on February 12,
1955 in Brewster, NE. This union was blessed with three children – Kimberly, Casey, and Scott. They
ranched in South Dakota and Wyoming before returning to the Sandhills of Nebraska in 1974. While
raising her family, Bev took college classes and eventually completed her Bachelor of Science degree in
Elementary Education at Sinte Gleska College in 1985. She was an elementary school teacher in the
Todd County School District at Mission, SD for 22 years.
Bev’s greatest joy in life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren…they loved her dearly and
affectionately called her G-Bev. She loved to smother them with hugs and kisses, make silver dollar
pancakes, play cards and board games, read stories, do crazy stuff, and have fun!! She also enjoyed
rodeo, John Wayne movies, gardening, collecting coins and cookbooks, traveling to different places, and
Husker football!
Beverlee had a quiet presence with a witty spirit and unforgettable personality. She touched the lives of
many people, young and old. She attended Valentine United Methodist Church and was a member of the
Methodist Women’s group. Bev volunteered at Valentine Centennial Hall and as a Pink Lady at Cherry
County Hospital.
Bev passed away on March 3, 2020 at home with her family after a courageous battle with cancer. She is
survived by her children Kim/Glenn Troudt of Martell, NE, Casey/Kathy McPeak of Valentine, NE, and
Scott/Marge McPeak of Flagstaff, AZ; her grandchildren and great grandchildren Eric Gift (Ela) of
Lincoln, NE, Tom/Alysa Gift of Denver, CO, Clay/Brianna McPeak of Lincoln, NE, Kaela/James
Bachelor (Lauren, Maggie) of Custer, SD, Tayler McPeak of Lincoln, NE, Chad McPeak of Valentine,
NE, Scotty/Laura McPeak (Geneva, Olivia) of Flagstaff, AZ, and Shelby/Ryan Webb (Avery, Rylynn,
Caleb, Scotty) of Papua New Guinea. Also surviving is brother Barry Smith, brother-in-law Bill McPeak,
sister-in-laws Nancy McPeak, Lenora Gandee, & Lois Sator; nieces and nephews of the McPeak and
Smith families; best friend Ann Keech; and her beloved cats Sue and Rebel. She was preceded in death
by her husband Donald McPeak, parents Guy and Lottie Smith, brother Laddie Smith, and sisters Ercell
Flood and Sharon Raben.
Funeral services for Beverlee McPeak will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. CST at the
United Methodist Church, 804 E. 5 th Street, with burial to follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Valentine,
NE. A luncheon will be served following the burial at the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Pastors A.G. Turner and Scott McClellen will officiate the ceremony. Visitation will be at Sandoz Chapel
of the Pines on Sunday, March 15 th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, you may send donations in
memory of Bev to the Valentine Senior Center, 322 N. Macomb Street, Valentine, NE 69201. Sandoz
Chapel of the Pines is in charge of service arrangements.