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Beverly Jean Smith, age 70, of Mankato passed away peacefully on March 16 at Ecumen Pathstone Living in Mankato.
Born in Owatonna, MN, on December 1, 1946 to Eugene and Margaret Hartle (Gasner), Beverly grew up in Owatonna and graduated from Marion High School in 1965.
She married Warren P. Smith on August 6, 1966. She spent her life as a devoted wife, mother of two, and grandmother of four. As a Den Mother and 4-H leader, she was involved with her children's activities in their formative years and became instrumental in the successful operations of the Boy Scout Troop 76 Annual Haunted House Fundraiser. For over 20 years, Bev's involvement with the layout, decorating, organizing and coordinating of the volunteer staffing of these annual events, became her true passion. When the opportunity presented itself, Bev acquired all of the "Haunting" costumes, building materials and equipment from the Troop and began a 10 year business odyssey called "Dark Shadows Mansion" consisting of a 3 story home, 5 out-buildings and a "Haunted" Trail in the wooded area behind Drummers Garden Center in Mankato.
But Bev's true love was her soul mate, Warren. Through her final years dealing with her battle with Alzheimer's disease, she was comforted by his companionship, love, devotion and support. The couple celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this past summer, and on Bev's 70th birthday on December 1, 2016, Warren and Bev renewed their vows in a ceremony with family, friends and the residents and "loving" staff at Pathstone Living.
She is survived by her husband, Warren P. of Mankato; her son and daughter-in-law, Robert P. and Judi (Leech) Smith of Mankato; her daughter and son-in law, Brenda J. and Jacob Nelson of Waseca; her grandchildren Warren 'Ren' Smith of Boulder, CO; Jean Smith of St. Louis Park; Samuel Nelson and Megan Nelson of Waseca; her brother Francis Hartle and special friend Barb of Hillman, MI . Beverly was preceded in death by her parents.
The family has held a private ceremony. The family asks that memorials be made to Ecumen Pathstone Living of Mankato, Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association. Woodland Hills Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements.
Published on  March 20, 2017
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