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Beverly Attwood

August 28, 1931 - November 13, 2020
Traverse City, MI


Life Story / Obituary


Beverly J Attwood, 89, died on Friday, November 13, 2020, at the Traverse City, Michigan, Pavilions Nursing Facility, from years of complications from Parkinson’s disease. Bev is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Joan Attwood, her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Bruce Biddinger, and her son Kris Attwood. She is also survived by her sister Susan Heuft, and her seven grandchildren, Erin, Annie, Corey, Nik, Gracie, Kyle and Sarah and their spouses and 13 great grandchildren. Bev was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Harry and Evangeline Schumer, on August 28, 1931.

On October 21, 1950, Bev married the love of her life, Vernor C. Attwood. He preceded her in death in 2019. Anyone could see the strong love they had for each other on a daily basis. After they moved to Traverse City, Michigan, in 1963, they owned and operated a motel on East Bay called On-A-Bay Court. Bev worked odd jobs over the years, but mostly dedicated her life to being a homemaker. Bev had a passion for theatre and the arts. She was extremely immersed in the creative beginnings of the Traverse City Civic Players and the initial opening of the Old Towne Playhouse. Bev was the lead in many musicals, such as Mame, Annie, Chicago, etc. While Vern worked behind the scenes, Bev would act, sing and direct many Playhouse productions.

Bev and Vern loved family times, especially the many years of traveling to Gulf Shores, Alabama, where family and friends would meet there and create so many memorable vacations. Her happiest moments were when she had her whole family under one roof together. Bev loved to laugh and be the life of the party. She loved having people over for dinner and then playing euchre or dominos. Bev was a great bowler and when she could no longer bowl, she enjoyed watching us try. Her love for music and playing the organ are two things she was very passionate about. Bev was very creative with sewing and oil painting. Her and Vern loved gardening, and prided themselves in having the best looking yard in the neighborhood. She will be greatly missed by family and many friends.

Donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Network North, PO Box 5734, Traverse City, MI 49696, and the Old Towne Playhouse. Services will be announced for Spring/Summer of 2021.

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