Beverly Jean Reaney, 88, died Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Good Shepherd Health Center in Mason City, IA. Funeral services will be private. Inurnment will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Sac City, IA. The family suggests memorial contributions go to the Humane Society of North Iowa or MercyOne North Iowa Hospice.
Beverly was born in Schaller, IA in 1932 to Charles and Elizabeth (Watson) McIntosh. The family later moved to a farm outside of Sac City. Beverly graduated from Sac City High School and then received a teaching certificate from Buena Vista College. She married Gerald Lange, but they later divorced. They had three children, Tamara, Deborah, and William. She then married Max Reaney and added two step-children to her family, Robert and Mary.
When Beverly was first married, she taught school in Sac City. After the children were born, she became a full-time homemaker. Later when the children were older, she went back to work for the Mason City School system, retiring from what was at the time Roosevelt Middle School.
Beverly was a dedicated Hawkeye fan, watching basketball and football games. She also enjoyed watching golf tournaments on TV, having engaged in that sport when she was younger. She was a member of several card clubs over the years, enjoying the many friendships she found there. After retiring, she especially enjoyed the monthly breakfast get-togethers with friends Judy Lala and Doris Weber.
Beverly loved animals, with her kitties Eddie Albert and Totter, both adopted from the Humane Society of North Iowa, holding a special place in her heart. When growing up on the family farm, she always had a horse and enjoyed riding, a passion she passed on to her daughters.
Beverly is survived by her daughters Tamara (Gerry) Buffington, Deborah (Sheldon Kiroff) Asbe, Mary Loften; son William (Shelly) Lange; daughter-in-law Linda Reaney; sister-in-law Sara Magee; grandchildren Ian (Kim van Eyk) Buffington, Sarah Lange, Robert (Missy) Loften, Kelly (John) Ross, Jill Reaney, Joy (Jeff) Neville, Scott Reaney, and several great-grandchildren and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Max Reaney, son Robert Reaney, brother-in-law David Reaney, sons-in-law Douglas Loften and Michael Asbe, and several aunts and uncles.