Beverly Mae (Curtis) Allec
Beverly Mae (Curtis) Allec was born January 25, 1933,and died February 5, 2016, at her home from Pancreatic Cancer, her daughters by her side.
Beverly was the youngest of three children born to Clarence and Bessie Woodhouse Curtis. They lived on an acre and ½ in Anaheim, California, until she was married. Two older children included Brother Kenneth and Sister Mildred. Bev attended Central grammar school for 8 years and Anaheim Union High School for 4 years. Her last year of High School she met Lawrence Allec, who also attended Anaheim High, and they both graduated in 1950. Their first date was the Senior Prom, they were engaged in 1951 and married in 1952. After High School, Bev worked in the office of an Orange Packing House for one season and she worked for an insurance agent for a short time until she got a full-time job at Southern Counties Bank in Anaheim as a bookkeeper. A few years after marriage Larry and Bev found themselves with three babies, first came Judith Louise and 14 months later, twins Wayne Van and Elaine Ann. The five of them loved camping and did so as often as they could.
The family moved to Rifle, Colorado, in 1962 where they hoped for a better life for their children. Beverly took care of their children and worked only part-time jobs. In 1969, while delivering mail for a friend, their truck slipped on black ice and Beverly went over Rio Blanco hill. After that time, she was in chronic pain until her death. Some of Bev’s part-time jobs included bookkeeping, sales at Bald Bobs Sports in Rifle during hunting seasons (mostly writing hunting licenses and covering for Bob in his absence), sold Avon for ten years, knitted on a knitting machine for Lisa Sweaters out of Aspen for ten years and performed as matron for the Rifle Police Department.
Larry and Beverly’s son Wayne died when he was 23. Judy Speaker lives in Illinois close to her Son and Grandchildren. Judy’s husband, Gary, died young in 1995. Their daughter Marsha also passed away in 2012 leaving behind two young children. Elaine married Raymond Langstaff and lives in Rifle. They have three children and four grandchildren.
After her husband retired in 1990, Larry and Bev lived and traveled in their RV for 13 very happy years. Travels included Mexico to Alaska and California to Indiana and most states in between. They bought a small house in Clifton, CO, expecting to keep traveling. However Larry had a stroke that put him in a wheelchair. Beverly took care of Larry for six years until his death in 2009. They had been married 57 years. After a few years, Bev moved back to Rifle to be close to her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Raymond.
Bev enjoyed going to the Senior Center three days a week for lunch, knitting crafts and the craft fairs. She made many friends to enjoy her time there with.
In October 2014, after being diagnosed with Pancreatitis, she was given no more than two years to live. In March of 2015, Bev packed up her two daughters, son-in-law and dear friend to travel for two weeks up the Mississippi River on a paddle boat. From New Orleans to Memphis, this longtime dream of Bev’s came true. In June 2015, her family made the commitment to attend the first ever Allec Family Reunion in South Dakota. Everyone came (18 in all) from Colorado, Wyoming and Illinois, another dream of Beverly’s.
Preceded in death, parents Clarence and Bessie Curtis, son Wayne, husband Larry, son-in-law Gary Speaker, granddaughter Marsha Speaker, sister-in-law Betty Curtis, brother-in-law, William Reed and just 20 days before Bev, brother Kenneth Curtis.
Beverly leaves behind her sister Mildred Reed, two daughters, one son-in-law, four grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren ages 2 to 21 and her live-in Boston Terrier buddy, Lucky.
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