Beverly Crane Burns, 94, beloved and beautiful wife, mother, and grandmother (which was her favorite title) was reunited in heaven with her husband, Alvin Demar Burns(aka Grandpa Doc), and their baby girl on August 29, 2021. What a glorious reunion!
Grandma Burns, as we lovingly called her, was born January 7th, 1927, in Darlington, Idaho, in a log cabin home, to John Alexander Crane and Ruth Eugenia Blom. Beverly was the fifth of six children. As a child, she moved to Manan and then Rigby, Idaho, spending her childhood riding bicycles, playing house with her younger sister Nadyne, and jumping rope. She met Doc at a roller skating rink in Rigby. With his good looks and dark complexion, he stole her heart. The two fell in love and were married June 25th, 1945 in Ogden Utah and later had their union sealed in the Logan Temple on May 31st, 2003. Grandpa Doc was 3 months younger than Grandma Bev and he would always tease her that he married an older woman. She would just laugh at him and get a little annoyed. They were good together. They loved and supported each other through the ups and downs.
Beverly had a full life, and at 94 when we would say to Grandma, “You have had a great life,” she would always smile, and agree. While her life was great, she knew the hard times helped her appreciate the good times, and when asked about hard things in the past she would just be honest and say, “Things were hard, we just got through them.” Her first baby girl, Leslie, died after only 12 hours on this earth. Because Beverly was so sick after the birth, she was never able to see her little girl. She didn’t get to name her either, but it was one of her great joys to finally name her little girl “Leslie” when she and Doc were sealed. After the loss of her 1st child, Grandma Burns wanted a baby so badly. She was sincerely grateful to eventually have her two beautiful boys, Burke, the oldest, and Shane, the youngest. She loved them and still does love those boys with all her heart.
When Doc and Beverly were first married, they were very poor and moved all over to find work. Beverly supported Doc by moving from Utah to Idaho, to Montana, and then all over Idaho and Wyoming while he put in lines for the telephone company. Sometimes moving daily from hotel to hotel. Eventually they settled in Preston, Idaho where she lived in the same home all but the last five months of her life. The last five months she lived in the Heritage Home, where they gave her great care and kindness. Beverly was taught hard work by her father and mother, as a young girl, she hoed and planted the garden and in the fall "picked potatoes until she was blue in the face." Her ability to work hard and not complain made it easy for her to find work during those early years of marriage when they were moving from town to town. Her places of work over the years included a small café, the Massey Fergusson Tractor Supply Company, and lots of babysitting. It was all of that babysitting, she said, that made her so great at watching her grandkids. Beverly considered her job at First Security bank, which was on the corner of Main and Oneida in Preston, her career. She retired from the bank after 25 years of service. She said what she liked most about her job at the bank was that "everything was about the customers."
Grandma Burns really got her second wind with her 10 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren, and was excited for one more great grand child that will be born soon. She loved her family so much. They meant everything to her, and her door was always open for them and their friends. She would welcome anyone in for oreos, ice cream, and, if you were lucky, her famous potato salad. Grandma Burns loved to watch her grandkids participate in football, basketball, volleyball, dancing, and singing, she would support her grandkids in anything and everything. Beverly spent the last 20 years tending her great-grandkids, whether it was just picking them up when they got off the bus, making them breakfast before school, watching them during the day, or taking them to lessons. She loved being needed and when asked if she was tired or wished she wouldn’t have to watch her grandkids or take them to their lessons, she would emphatically and happily say, “No way, its what’s keeping me alive."
After 60 wonderful years together, Grandpa Doc passed away in May of 2005. With Grandpa in heaven, Grandma put her whole heart into her family. But as her time here on earth was coming to a close, more and more, she wanted to be with Grandpa again. She didn’t know why she had to live so much longer than him, but she was sure she was supposed to be here. "She had stuff to get done and grandkids to take care of."
Grandma Bev was our beautiful dark haired grandma. The day before Grandpa Doc died, someone said to him, "Look how beautiful your wife looks today." Grandpa replied, “She always looks beautiful." She was a classy lady, and her granddaughters looked up to her. They loved to peek in her closet and look at all of her pink and red suits and high heels. Grandma didn’t care to have lots of things. She showed that, by her letting her grandkids clomp around in her high heeled shoes and by being genuinely happy with every present she was given. What she really cared about was people.
Beverly is survived by her two sons, of whom she was incredibly proud, Burke C. (Candice) Burns and Shane D. (Nancy) Burns, all of her grandchildren that brought her so much joy; 10 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, with 1 more on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Demar Burns, her daughter Leslee Burns, her parents, all hers and Doc’s siblings, as well as 2 of her great-grandchildren.
Beverly didn’t talk a lot. So, when she did say something, we listened. When life was hard, Grandma Burns would say, “It will all be o.k.” When you asked for a life lesson she learned and would like to pass on, she would say, “Be patient." And when you asked her if she’d go back in time to change anything, she would say, “I wouldn’t change a thing. I learned an awful lot." We will deeply miss Grandma and her wisdom, and will never forget her kindness and generosity. We know her 94 1/2 years spent on this earth were not wasted, as she truly blessed all who knew, visited, and loved her. Grandma, we want to say thank you for all you gave to your family in this life. Grandma Burns said she only wanted to be remembered for “tending all of her grandkids." She will be remembered for that and so much more. We love you Grandma Burns
Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 6, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Preston Third Ward Chapel, 155 N. 2nd W., Preston, Idaho. Viewings will be held on Sunday from 6-8 p.m. at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 South 800 East, Preston, Idaho and Monday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Sutton Cemetery in Archer, Idaho. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com