Beverly R. Kerr Owens (nee Stiver), of Gibbsboro, NJ died on April 9, 2018. She was the beloved wife of James "Jim" Owens for nearly 24 years.
Beverly was born in Philadelphia, PA on November 16, 1940 to the late Harry Stiver and the late Helen Stiver (nee Lamberton). Beverly lived in Philadelphia, PA, Erlton, NJ, and Lindenwold, NJ during her childhood and teen years. She graduated from Overbrook High School.
Bev married Peter Kerr on August 19, 1958 and they moved to Westmont, NJ and had four sons. While living in Westmont, Bev was President of the Audubon Junior Women's Club. After her divorce from Peter, Bev and her sons moved to Gibbsboro, NJ, where she raised them through their college years.
Bev met her husband, Jim, at Ancora State Hospital where they worked. They married on April 29, 1994, staying in Gibbsboro, raising their grandson, David. Bev retired from Ancora in 2005 to enjoy her retirement with Jim, traveling to Arizona, Florida, New England, Hawaii, Canada, and several cruises to the Caribbean Islands, and particularly her mother's birthplace, Scotland. Bev joined the Radiant Red Hat Society and Seniors Club while living in Gibbsboro.
Bev was an AVID Philadelphia Eagles fan her entire adult life. She had Eagles parties every Sunday for many years. She owned about every souvenir ever made and wore clothing to tell of her love for the Eagles. She was overjoyed to have lived to see the Eagles win the Super Bowl!
Bev was a kind, generous, strong lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She is survived by her husband, Jim. She was a loving mother to Stephen (Mary), David, Scott (Doris), and Peter (Jane) Kerr. Loving grandmother to Julia, Leah, David, Katie, Isabella, Stephanie, Danny, Jackson, Ava, Alison, and Tommy. Loving and close to her sisters, Louise Beaber or Chalfont, PA and Joan Tauro of Liverpool, NY, and her cousin Kenneth (Gail) Leyden of Huntington Valley, PA. Loving aunt to her nephew David Tauro and niece Elena (Robert) Rosati all in Syracuse, NY, and niece Rosie, and nephew Sammy Kirschner, and their parents Kathy and Larry Kirschner. Bev loved and was close to her friends Mary and Chick Zee, her other family, Leda Rivera, her daughters Nasha and Desiree, and their two sons and two daughters. Bev loved her friend of more than thirty years like another sister, Marge Howardell of Erial, NJ. Bev loved her neighbors Ken, Debbie, and Jack Harley like family. Bev's dog Macy will miss her greatly. Bev cherished her friends and especially the fun family of seniors at her Seniors Club. There will be a great void in all of our lives without Bev.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Thursday 9-11am at EUGENE J. ZALE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 712 N. White Horse Pike, Stratford, NJ 08084. PH (856) 783-5100. Funeral service 11am. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bev's name to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org) or to the Animal Welfare Association (awanj.org).