OTTUMWA — Beverly Garrels Howe, 79, passed away March 23, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.
Beverly was born Dec. 9, 1934, in Ottumwa, the daughter of Ben and Pansy Brown Richards. She graduated from Ottumwa High School. Following graduation, she was united in marriage to Clarence Garrels; he preceded her in death.
Beverly worked as a CNA for several years at Sunnyslope Care Center in Ottumwa. She enjoyed crocheting, fishing, mushroom hunting and traveling, but her greatest joy was her family.
She is survived by four sons, David Smith of Farson, Clarence "Inky" (Glenda) Garrels of rural Hedrick, Ronald (Suzanne) Garrels of Farson and William (Peg) Garrels of Ollie; two daughters, Yvonne Tatar of Buffalo, Mo., and Cindy (Brad) Nau of Ottumwa; stepsons, Donnie (Simone) Soloman, Jimmy, Larry, Bernard and Clark Garrels; and two stepdaughters, Mae Schimmelpfenning and Ulala Conger; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Jewel Mitchell; and a very special friend, Jack Kellog.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Ray, John and Thomas Richards; two sisters, Kathryn Russell and Thelma Shaver; a stepdaughter, Sherry Bowers; a grandson, Brandon Garrels; and a great-grandson, Keaton Garrels.
As was her wish, her body has been cremated and a private family service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made in her name to the family in care of Cindy Nau, 1802 Albia Road, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501.
Fremont Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.