Beverly J. Schultz, 82, Crystal River, FL, passed away, Sunday, November 4, 2018 at the Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Beverly Jean (Scofield) Schultz was born on June 19, 1936, to LeRoy and Mabel (Finke) Scofield in Flandreau, SD. Her identical twin, Barbara Joan, was stillborn, though Bev went on to have four younger sisters who meant the world to her. She grew up on their family’s farm outside Flandreau and through 8th grade, attended a one-room schoolhouse in rural Moody County. Upon entering 9th grade at Flandreau High School, she was seated next to Arvin Schultz, who became the love of her life. They married in 1956. Beverly put Arvin through college by returning to teach in Moody County’s rural Jones and Smyth schoolhouses after getting her teaching certificate from what is now Dakota State College, then stayed home to raise their two children while Arvin worked in insurance. Feeling unsatisfied at home during what is now termed “the women’s movement,” she returned to college, got her degree from Moorhead State College when her kids were in grade school, and began teaching language arts to 7th graders in Estherville, IA, 19 miles from her family’s longtime home in Jackson, MN. Literacy and education were always her passions, both as a poet who converted children’s books to verse and as the charter president of Jackson’s Dollars for Scholars program. Bev switched gears in 1974 when she and Arv bought the Quik Stop Restaurant in Jackson, which she ran for five years, followed by several years at the Jackson Livestock Exchange. When Arvin bought what became Schultz Insurers in the early 1990s, she joined the family business as co-owner and office coordinator. Both Arv and Bev worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during their retirement in Dunnellon, FL, until Arvin’s death in 2010.
Bev was known among family and friends for her colorful travel commentary as they made their way around the towns and cities of the U.S. Bev was never truly settled in the years since Arvin’s death, though she was happiest in the company of her family. She was a fabulous, albeit irreverent card-player, a master cook and entertainer, and an extraordinary gramma and great-gramma. She loved her family fiercely.
Bev is survived by her children, Julie Schultz Brown and Scott Schultz, and Scott’s wife, Pam; Julie’s children, Caroline Brown and her husband, Yonathan, Lily Brown, and Simon Brown; Scott’s son, Maxwell Schultz and his wife, Liz, and their children, Sam and Vera; step-granddaughter, Kallie Lehr; Bev’s sisters Sharon Kneebone, Carol Price, and Peggy Cone. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arvin; her sister, Audrae Moore; and her infant sister, Barbara Joan.
Friends and family are invited to visit the family from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, prior to the 2:00 p.m. funeral service at United Methodist Church, 210 N. Prairie St in Flandreau, SD. Burial at Union Cemetery will follow the service. If desired, memorials may be made to Jackson County Central High School Dollars for Scholars online or via mail: Dollar for Scholars, Box 119, Jackson, MN 56143. www.skrochfc.com