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Beverly Schafer - December 25, 2009


Beverly Fix Schafer, 81, of Eckley, died Christmas morn­ing, Dec. 25, 2009 at The Towers Assisted Living in Wray.

Beverly Bea Fix was born at her parents’ farm home three miles south of Wray on April 20, 1928 to George Fix and Julia Shively Fix. She grew up on a dryland farm north of Eckley with her parents and brother George.

During her early school years, she attended Hilltop and Pleasant Valley country schools. She went to Eckley School beginning in eighth grade and then to Wray, where she graduated from high school in the spring of 1946.

After high school graduation, she worked for a short time at Duckwalls in Wray. Then she took a job as an operator at the phone company in Wray, and lived at Aunt Elsie’s boarding house during that time.

On Oct. 10, 1948, she and Max G. Schafer of Vernon were united in marriage at the Presbyterian Church in Wray. Their first home was at Idalia, where Max was a mechanic for a short time before they moved north of Eckley to farm. They moved twice more in the following years, finally settling on their own farm north of Eckley, where they raised wheat, corn and small grains and ran a small herd of cows.

Beverly and Max raised two sons, Randy, born in 1949, and Hal, born in 1956. Bev’s life was centered on her family. She was a devoted wife and mother, doing all she could to make a good home. The family was active in 4-H and in other events in the Pleasant Valley community and church. Bev was very interested in genealogy—her own as well as others—and knew no strangers.

She loved people; visiting neighbors, family and anyone new was one of her favorite activities. She loved to sing, especially to her boys. With friends and neighbors, she delighted in sharing the old-fashioned art of pulling taffy that she’d learned as a girl. She took pleasure in all of God’s creation.

She was baptized and confirmed at the Waverly Presbyterian Church north of Schram in Yuma County on Easter Sunday of 1938, where she was a member until the church closed in 1946. For much of her life, she was affiliated with Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church north of Eckley.

Beverly was preceded in death by parents George and Julia Fix.

She is survived by husband Max Schafer of Eckley; sons Randy Schafer and wife Joy of Haxtun and Hal Schafer and wife Vicki of Blackhawk; grandchildren Cameron Schafer and Sarah Snyder-Jones of Wheatridge, Naomi Schafer of Holyoke, Kali Schafer of Parker and Joshua Schafer of Greeley; great-grandchildren Jaspar and Taylor Schafer of Wheatridge; brother George A. Fix and wife Cleora of Wray; brother-in-law Kent Schafer of Pagosa Springs; sister-in-law Earlene Edwards of Wray; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 10:30 a.m., at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church north of Eckley, with Pastor Joyce Hudiburgh officiating, with burial at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in Beverly’s honor to Centennial Mental Health. Online condolences may be left at www.spellmanschmidtfh.com.

Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home, Wray, was in charge of arrangements.