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Beverly E Lehman

Moscow, Idaho

August 22, 1932 - May 18, 2024

Beverly E Lehman Obituary

It is with deep sorrow we share the sad news of the passing of Beverly Eyvonne Lehman, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, on May 18, 2024 at the age of 91 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Bev was born August 22, 1932, to William Henry Shear and Frankie Marie Shear in Spokane, Washington. She was the younger of two children. She loved going fishing with her dad and spending time gardening with her mother or cooking in the kitchen. No doubt her love of the outdoors and love of flowers and nature started in her early years. She graduated from Rogers High School with aspirations to attend college. She was very resourceful and worked at Caulkins Manufacturing in Spokane saving enough money so she could attend the University of Idaho in Moscow. It is at the University that Bev met the great love of her life, her husband Ralph. Theirs was a true love story. Ralph would hang out his window at his fraternity house and watch Bev, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, walk to class with friends. After being introduced, they dated for about 3 months and were married at the ages of 19 and 20.

Bev’s first job the summer she married Ralph was at a company in Twin Falls.  Ralph’s mother convinced Bev to stay in southern Idaho to get to know her future husband better, convinced Bev wouldn’t want to marry Ralph once she knew more about him. So, Bev started working at a consumer credit company but quit this job quickly when the company took possession of a musician client’s guitar which was held as collateral preventing him from earning money in his chosen profession.  She was hired soon after by Dr. Kreilkamp’s family practice as his office manager, nurse’s assistant and medical assistant. She excelled at this job and Dr. Kreilkamp was very disappointed to lose her when Bev moved back to Moscow and school with her newlywed husband Ralph.

The young couple had very little to live on, so Bev started working for the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho. Following that Bev worked for the Army Reserve in downtown Moscow. Ralph and Bev also managed an apartment building, the Coventry Apartments, in Moscow to make ends meet. Upon Ralph’s graduation in 1954, the couple moved to Berkeley, CA where Ralph began graduate studies at UC Berkeley. This only lasted about 6 weeks as the Army called Ralph to active duty stationing the young couple at Ft Knox, Ky. After Ralph completed training in Texas and Alabama, Bev and Ralph moved to Germany for their next assignment. When in Germany Ralph and Bev started their family of girls when they adopted Marcy, their oldest, in 1957. In 1959 second daughter Nancy was born. With Nancy less than a year old and Bev pregnant with their third child, the young family of 4 traveled by ship back to the states for the next assignment at Ft. Lewis in Washington state. Bev and Nancy were both very sea sick on this trip making it quite memorable for Ralph. In 1960 Laurie, daughter number 3 was born at Ft. Lewis and in 1963 Wendy was born in Spokane. The family moved many times over the years following Ralph in his military assignments including those in Kentucky, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas and Virginia.

Through all the moves and Ralph’s deployments overseas including Vietnam and Korea, Bev performed her role as the spouse of a military officer and mother of four girls in an exceptional manner raising all four daughters in many cases by herself as was typical for military spouses. She was an outstanding cook and the ultimate homemaker keeping an immaculate home. She taught her daughters these important life skills which serve them well to this day. When Ralph was away on military assignments, Bev took on his roles in addition to her own mowing the lawn, maintaining the family car, etc. and always with a smile on her face and love in her heart. She was the leader of a junior troop when her daughters were in Girl Scouts creating many happy memories for her girls of camping and crafts.  Bev herself created beautiful ceramics including candy dishes, vases and lamps.

Ralph retired from the Army in 1975 and the family settled permanently in Moscow. As Bev’s daughters grew more independent and entered high school and junior high for the younger two, Bev added jobs outside the home to her very busy life working at the Moscow School District and the University of Idaho counseling center. She learned new job duties quickly and was able to keep offices running smoothly with minimal training. Ralph referred to her as the ultimate “Kelly girl”. In the early 80’s Bev became the assistant manager of a women’s clothing boutique, Karee’s, on Moscow’s Main Street.

Bev joined P.E.O. chapter BH and was a devoted member for over 40 years. P.E.O. brought many lasting friendships into her life that she cherished.  She was chapter president for a year and was very proud of the charitable works P.E.O. accomplished. In the days leading up to her passing she commented on how much she loved her P.E.O. sisters.  Anne, her chapter’s current president, shared the following about Bev: those of us who knew and loved her are remembering her bright, shining face and beautiful, sweet smile.  Sweet, loving and kind are some of the words which come to mind when we think of Bev.

Once Bev’s daughters were out on their own and Ralph retired, she and her husband traveled to Yuma, Arizona for the colder winter months. Camping was always a part of their lives and they would take their RV on these jaunts south stopping overnight in Jerome to visit Ralph’s sister Dorothy.  On their return north in the Spring, Bev and Ralph would overnight in Caldwell visiting with other family members, usually over pizza and beer. Bev and Ralph eventually purchased a home in Yuma in Desert Lakes and traveled by car leaving the RV in Moscow for use on shorter trips in north Idaho. They loved their times in Yuma and the lasting friendships they made. Bev and Ralph eventually sold their RV but not before making many trips to Dworshak with close friends where wonderful memories were made.

Bev had a beautiful singing voice and once had the opportunity to sing on a radio show in Spokane. She and Ralph would often sing songs together especially “You are my Sunshine” and “Down by the Old Mill Stream” up until the last week before she passed. Bev’s favorite song was Gene Kelly’s “Singing in the Rain” from her and Ralph’s first date. Bev also loved to dance and could be found dancing with Ralph in their living room or at Rancherito Restaurant in Algodones, Mexico when living in Yuma.

Bev enjoyed playing games of all kinds with family and friends. Many happy memories were made over games of Bridge, dominoes, Parcheesi and gin rummy.  Bev also enjoyed doing puzzles especially with her grandkids. She also bowled and golfed in her younger years.

Bev was the ultimate host typically being the one chosen to host family gatherings. Her appetizers, meals and desserts were always delicious and left guests wanting more.

Bev loved all types of flowers but her favorite flowers were roses, especially pink ones. As a tribute to his love for Bev, Ralph always planted roses for her including at their homes in Moscow and Yuma.

Bev was always impeccably dressed whether for casual everyday occasions or for formal ones or sporting events at the University of Idaho.  She had a keen love for shoes and her family would often tease her about it, comparing her to the Philippines’ Imelda Marcos who reputedly owned over 3000 pairs of shoes.  She was also quite fussy about her hair and it was always perfectly styled.  Bev was not a fan of windy days.    

Bev was a huge supporter of the University of Idaho having met the love of her life there. She and Ralph were avid supporters and fans of many sports and held season tickets for many years. They created the Ralph and Bev Lehman Endowment Scholarship Fund to help finance education for student athletes, usually swimmers or golfers.

Bev was an avid reader and loved a good romance novel. Some of her favorite authors were Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel and Fern Michaels. She was also a devoted reader of “Daily Word”, a publication she received from the Unity Church.

As time passed, Bev’s Parkinson’s made traveling to Yuma more difficult and the couple reluctantly sold their Yuma home.  To this day they miss their friends and special times spent there as well as the warmer weather.

Bev and her husband changed their Moscow living arrangements in 2006 moving from their family home to a new twin home in Good Samaritan’s Fairview Village.  This greatly lessened Bev’s household chores with a smaller home and gave Bev and Ralph opportunities for new friendships.

In February of this year Bev moved to Hill House Memory Care in Moscow.    Her favorite activity at Hill House was karaoke singing where she would sing song after song with her beautiful voice to the delight of all those present. She received outstanding loving care at Hill House although she yearned to go home to her husband nearly every day. The family sends their sincere thanks to the entire staff of Hill House for the care Bev received. Special thanks to Nate “the great” Bartlett for everything he did to keep Bev comfortable until she left us and for his care and guidance for her family.

Of all the joys in Bev’s life the most important to her was her family, caring for her husband Ralph and her daughters and grandchildren. She was sweet, kind, loving and selfless in her devotion to her family and friends. All who knew her loved her.

Bev is survived by her devoted and loving husband of nearly 72 years Ralph Lehman in Moscow, daughter Marcy Lehman of Gold Canyon, AZ, daughter Nancy Lehman (Dale) of Lewiston, ID, daughter Laurie Lehman of Troy, ID, daughter Wendy Lehman Cole (Jordan) of Spokane Valley, WA, granddaughters Danielle Milligan, Mariha Parker, Ileah Parker and Johannah Cole, grandsons Ryan Welter (Chelsea) and Derrick Welter (Kelly), great grandchildren Cora Lynn Eyvonne Welter, Avery Welter, Onnika Welter and Kayla Anderson, brother-in-law Michael Lehman (Susan) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Frankie, and her older brother.

An informal gathering of friends and family to celebrate Bev’s life will be held at the lodge at the Paradise Creek Olympus campus (Fairview Village) located at 403 Samaritan Lane in Moscow on June 18, 2024 between 3 PM to 5 PM. Life was more challenging for Bev in the last few years of her life due to Parkinson’s, but we know she is now in a better place.  Friends and family were blessed to have known her and to have been part of her life.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bev’s memory to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation or other Parkinson’s Disease organization of your choice, the University of Idaho Foundation or Hill House Memory Care.

Our Mother

She’s the whisper of leaves as we walk down the lane, she’s the smell of certain foods we remember, flowers we pick, the fragrance of life itself.  She’s the cool hand on our brow when we’re not feeling well, she’s our breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.  She’s the sound of the rain that lulls us to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning.  Our mother lives inside our laughter.  She’s the place we came from, our first home, and she’s the map we follow with every step we take.  She’s our first love, first friend, even our first enemy, but nothing on Earth can separate us.  Not time, not space…  She is beautiful.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Beverly E Lehman hosted by Short's Funeral Chapel.

It is with deep sorrow we share the sad news of the passing of Beverly Eyvonne Lehman, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, on May 18, 2024 at the age of 91 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease.

Bev was born August 22, 1932, to William Henry Shear and Frankie Marie Shear in Spokane, Washington. She was the younger of two children. She loved going fishing with her dad and spending time gardening with her mother or cooking in the kitchen. No doubt her love of the outdoors and love of flowers and nature started in her early years. She graduated from Rogers High School with aspirations to attend college. She was very resourceful and worked at Caulkins Manufacturing in Spokane saving enough money so she could attend the University of Idaho in Moscow. It is at the University that Bev met the great love of her life, her husband Ralph. Theirs was a true love story. Ralph would hang out his window at his fraternity house and watch Bev, a member of the Alpha Phi sorority, walk to class with friends. After being introduced, they dated for about 3 months and were married at the ages of 19 and 20.

Bev’s first job the summer she married Ralph was at a company in Twin Falls.  Ralph’s mother convinced Bev to stay in southern Idaho to get to know her future husband better, convinced Bev wouldn’t want to marry Ralph once she knew more about him. So, Bev started working at a consumer credit company but quit this job quickly when the company took possession of a musician client’s guitar which was held as collateral preventing him from earning money in his chosen profession.  She was hired soon after by Dr. Kreilkamp’s family practice as his office manager, nurse’s assistant and medical assistant. She excelled at this job and Dr. Kreilkamp was very disappointed to lose her when Bev moved back to Moscow and school with her newlywed husband Ralph.

The young couple had very little to live on, so Bev started working for the Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Idaho. Following that Bev worked for the Army Reserve in downtown Moscow. Ralph and Bev also managed an apartment building, the Coventry Apartments, in Moscow to make ends meet. Upon Ralph’s graduation in 1954, the couple moved to Berkeley, CA where Ralph began graduate studies at UC Berkeley. This only lasted about 6 weeks as the Army called Ralph to active duty stationing the young couple at Ft Knox, Ky. After Ralph completed training in Texas and Alabama, Bev and Ralph moved to Germany for their next assignment. When in Germany Ralph and Bev started their family of girls when they adopted Marcy, their oldest, in 1957. In 1959 second daughter Nancy was born. With Nancy less than a year old and Bev pregnant with their third child, the young family of 4 traveled by ship back to the states for the next assignment at Ft. Lewis in Washington state. Bev and Nancy were both very sea sick on this trip making it quite memorable for Ralph. In 1960 Laurie, daughter number 3 was born at Ft. Lewis and in 1963 Wendy was born in Spokane. The family moved many times over the years following Ralph in his military assignments including those in Kentucky, Colorado, Hawaii, Texas and Virginia.

Through all the moves and Ralph’s deployments overseas including Vietnam and Korea, Bev performed her role as the spouse of a military officer and mother of four girls in an exceptional manner raising all four daughters in many cases by herself as was typical for military spouses. She was an outstanding cook and the ultimate homemaker keeping an immaculate home. She taught her daughters these important life skills which serve them well to this day. When Ralph was away on military assignments, Bev took on his roles in addition to her own mowing the lawn, maintaining the family car, etc. and always with a smile on her face and love in her heart. She was the leader of a junior troop when her daughters were in Girl Scouts creating many happy memories for her girls of camping and crafts.  Bev herself created beautiful ceramics including candy dishes, vases and lamps.

Ralph retired from the Army in 1975 and the family settled permanently in Moscow. As Bev’s daughters grew more independent and entered high school and junior high for the younger two, Bev added jobs outside the home to her very busy life working at the Moscow School District and the University of Idaho counseling center. She learned new job duties quickly and was able to keep offices running smoothly with minimal training. Ralph referred to her as the ultimate “Kelly girl”. In the early 80’s Bev became the assistant manager of a women’s clothing boutique, Karee’s, on Moscow’s Main Street.

Bev joined P.E.O. chapter BH and was a devoted member for over 40 years. P.E.O. brought many lasting friendships into her life that she cherished.  She was chapter president for a year and was very proud of the charitable works P.E.O. accomplished. In the days leading up to her passing she commented on how much she loved her P.E.O. sisters.  Anne, her chapter’s current president, shared the following about Bev: those of us who knew and loved her are remembering her bright, shining face and beautiful, sweet smile.  Sweet, loving and kind are some of the words which come to mind when we think of Bev.

Once Bev’s daughters were out on their own and Ralph retired, she and her husband traveled to Yuma, Arizona for the colder winter months. Camping was always a part of their lives and they would take their RV on these jaunts south stopping overnight in Jerome to visit Ralph’s sister Dorothy.  On their return north in the Spring, Bev and Ralph would overnight in Caldwell visiting with other family members, usually over pizza and beer. Bev and Ralph eventually purchased a home in Yuma in Desert Lakes and traveled by car leaving the RV in Moscow for use on shorter trips in north Idaho. They loved their times in Yuma and the lasting friendships they made. Bev and Ralph eventually sold their RV but not before making many trips to Dworshak with close friends where wonderful memories were made.

Bev had a beautiful singing voice and once had the opportunity to sing on a radio show in Spokane. She and Ralph would often sing songs together especially “You are my Sunshine” and “Down by the Old Mill Stream” up until the last week before she passed. Bev’s favorite song was Gene Kelly’s “Singing in the Rain” from her and Ralph’s first date. Bev also loved to dance and could be found dancing with Ralph in their living room or at Rancherito Restaurant in Algodones, Mexico when living in Yuma.

Bev enjoyed playing games of all kinds with family and friends. Many happy memories were made over games of Bridge, dominoes, Parcheesi and gin rummy.  Bev also enjoyed doing puzzles especially with her grandkids. She also bowled and golfed in her younger years.

Bev was the ultimate host typically being the one chosen to host family gatherings. Her appetizers, meals and desserts were always delicious and left guests wanting more.

Bev loved all types of flowers but her favorite flowers were roses, especially pink ones. As a tribute to his love for Bev, Ralph always planted roses for her including at their homes in Moscow and Yuma.

Bev was always impeccably dressed whether for casual everyday occasions or for formal ones or sporting events at the University of Idaho.  She had a keen love for shoes and her family would often tease her about it, comparing her to the Philippines’ Imelda Marcos who reputedly owned over 3000 pairs of shoes.  She was also quite fussy about her hair and it was always perfectly styled.  Bev was not a fan of windy days.    

Bev was a huge supporter of the University of Idaho having met the love of her life there. She and Ralph were avid supporters and fans of many sports and held season tickets for many years. They created the Ralph and Bev Lehman Endowment Scholarship Fund to help finance education for student athletes, usually swimmers or golfers.

Bev was an avid reader and loved a good romance novel. Some of her favorite authors were Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel and Fern Michaels. She was also a devoted reader of “Daily Word”, a publication she received from the Unity Church.

As time passed, Bev’s Parkinson’s made traveling to Yuma more difficult and the couple reluctantly sold their Yuma home.  To this day they miss their friends and special times spent there as well as the warmer weather.

Bev and her husband changed their Moscow living arrangements in 2006 moving from their family home to a new twin home in Good Samaritan’s Fairview Village.  This greatly lessened Bev’s household chores with a smaller home and gave Bev and Ralph opportunities for new friendships.

In February of this year Bev moved to Hill House Memory Care in Moscow.    Her favorite activity at Hill House was karaoke singing where she would sing song after song with her beautiful voice to the delight of all those present. She received outstanding loving care at Hill House although she yearned to go home to her husband nearly every day. The family sends their sincere thanks to the entire staff of Hill House for the care Bev received. Special thanks to Nate “the great” Bartlett for everything he did to keep Bev comfortable until she left us and for his care and guidance for her family.

Of all the joys in Bev’s life the most important to her was her family, caring for her husband Ralph and her daughters and grandchildren. She was sweet, kind, loving and selfless in her devotion to her family and friends. All who knew her loved her.

Bev is survived by her devoted and loving husband of nearly 72 years Ralph Lehman in Moscow, daughter Marcy Lehman of Gold Canyon, AZ, daughter Nancy Lehman (Dale) of Lewiston, ID, daughter Laurie Lehman of Troy, ID, daughter Wendy Lehman Cole (Jordan) of Spokane Valley, WA, granddaughters Danielle Milligan, Mariha Parker, Ileah Parker and Johannah Cole, grandsons Ryan Welter (Chelsea) and Derrick Welter (Kelly), great grandchildren Cora Lynn Eyvonne Welter, Avery Welter, Onnika Welter and Kayla Anderson, brother-in-law Michael Lehman (Susan) and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents, William and Frankie, and her older brother.

An informal gathering of friends and family to celebrate Bev’s life will be held at the lodge at the Paradise Creek Olympus campus (Fairview Village) located at 403 Samaritan Lane in Moscow on June 18, 2024 between 3 PM to 5 PM. Life was more challenging for Bev in the last few years of her life due to Parkinson’s, but we know she is now in a better place.  Friends and family were blessed to have known her and to have been part of her life.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Bev’s memory to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation or other Parkinson’s Disease organization of your choice, the University of Idaho Foundation or Hill House Memory Care.

Our Mother

She’s the whisper of leaves as we walk down the lane, she’s the smell of certain foods we remember, flowers we pick, the fragrance of life itself.  She’s the cool hand on our brow when we’re not feeling well, she’s our breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.  She’s the sound of the rain that lulls us to sleep, the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning.  Our mother lives inside our laughter.  She’s the place we came from, our first home, and she’s the map we follow with every step we take.  She’s our first love, first friend, even our first enemy, but nothing on Earth can separate us.  Not time, not space…  She is beautiful.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Beverly E Lehman hosted by Short's Funeral Chapel.

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