Beverly Lorraine Humber Brookbush, 89, of Moscow died Saturday, March 19, 2005, at Good Samaritan Village of causes related to age.
Beverly was born Aug. 26, 1915, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, to R. Sydney and Josephine Karlstad Humber. In 1923, her family moved to Rocker, Mont., where she attended elementary school. She graduated from Butte High School in 1933.
She married John Brookbush in 1935. The couple spent their early married years in the farming community of Osgood, Idaho. They had one daughter, Marlene. The family returned to Montana in 1941 and lived at Anaconda for several years before settling in Rocker. Bev was employed at Saint James Hospital where she was in charge of the lunch fountain and gift shop. She spent much of her adult life caring for her parents, her sister and her husband when their health declined.
John and Bev moved to Moscow's Good Samaritan Village in 1988 where she lived until the time of her death. She was a real "people person" and was quick to initiate a conversation or share a laugh and a story with all she met. Her warm and witty nature fostered many treasured and long-lasting friendships. Babies and small children delighted her and she rarely passed one without stopping to talk and make the child smile. She enjoyed displaying her extensive collection of teddy bears.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years; her sister, Phyllis Keogh; son-in-law Don Galpin; and nephew George Keogh.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Pat Moser of Pullman; granddaughters Lori and Aldo Melchiori and Amy and Scott Krauss; stepgranddaughters Marilyn and Jim Fullerton, Carol and Bruce Moehrle, Gail and Doug Boushey and Joan and Dean McSweeney; stepgrandson Dan and Nora Moser; 12 great-grandchildren; "daughter-friends" Melva De Nio and Arlene Koetting; and chosen sister, Frances Mattson.
At Bev's request there will be no funeral. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park in Butte, Mont. Arrangements are under the direction of Short's Funeral Chapel in Moscow.
Memorial remembrances can be directed to Good Samaritan Village in Moscow, The Lady of the Rockies Foundation in Butte or a charity of one's choice.