Beverly Diane (‘Bev’) Smith passed away on November 19 at her home in Keizer. She was born on January 21, 1942 in Tillamook to Elbert and Elizabeth (Becker) Leonnig. She graduated from Tillamook Catholic High School in 1960 and went on to become a Registered Nurse upon completing her studies and graduating from Sacred Heart General Hospital School of Nursing (Eugene) in 1963.
Beautiful both inside and out, Bev wore many a tiara during her school years in Tillamook and later in nursing school. Certainly not one to dwell on her accolades, yearbooks and newspaper clippings fortunately “tell the story” and continue to preserve special moments in the earlier years of her life.
Bev worked as a RN at Salem Memorial Hospital and caught the eye of one of her patients, Curtis ‘Curt’ Smith. As the story goes, Curt was tenacious in his efforts to pursue a relationship with Bev. He thankfully was successful and they were married on August 3, 1968 in Tillamook. Sadly, Curt passed away in December 2002.
Bev is survived by her son Bradley ‘Brad’ Smith and his wife Sunny Chao Smith of Portland; daughter Lisa White and her fiancé Roy Israel of Keizer; grandsons Harrison Smith and Blake White; sister Marilyn Kaser of Hillsboro; brother Tom Leonnig and his wife Wanda; and brother Bill Leonnig, all of Tillamook.
At her request, no services will be held. However, that does not mean that as family or as friends, we cannot celebrate the life of a truly beautiful person. Although she is no longer present physically, her spirit lives on and those she left behind will never forget her simplicity, sense of humor, beautiful smile and selfless ways. We will miss her tremendously, yet comfort can be found in knowing that we will be with her again someday.