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Beverly Jean Rich
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Obituary for Beverly Jean Rich

RICH, Beverly Jean - Age 62, of Holly, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Services will be held 3 PM Sunday, January 21 at Sharp Funeral Homes, Fenton Chapel, 1000 W. Silver Lake Road, Fenton. Visitation will be 12 PM until the time of service.

Beverly was born January 19, 1955 in Detroit, the daughter of Thomas and Alfreda (Konopa) Allan. She worked as a Social Worker and Instructor. She always wanted to help people.

The pain of the loss of Beverly Jean Rich isn’t that of a life cut short, though those of us she left behind desperately crave more time together. Rather, it’s the absence of a woman who, despite her small stature, was a constant, towering presence in our lives. While we try to come to terms with our grief, we can take comfort in the memories we hold of her, and some earnest words in celebration of her character.

But what words can really do justice when describing the head of such a wild tribe? After all, Bev was so many things to so many people, too much to be summed up neatly in a single page.

She was quick-witted, quick to smile, and surprisingly quick on her crutches. She was a fierce and loving mother to a comically large number of children, supremely patient throughout more than two decades of child rearing. She was a tireless worker and lifelong learner who knew the true meaning of grit. She was an endlessly compassionate woman who gracefully endured the hardships she faced, always searching for the good in everyone. Though of humble means, she was wealthy by many other measurements - her friends and family, pursuits and passions, the veritable trove of knickknacks she acquired over the years, and especially in experience.

Her life was complicated, messy and beautiful, and her legacy goes on through her sprawling family tree and the countless lives she touched. Would that we could all be so lucky.

Surviving are: 12 children, Kelly (Michael) McKolay, Daniel (Abby) Szafranski, Michelle Eads, Johnny (Krista) Szafranski, Deanna Laga, Samantha (Sobes) Sobieski, Sandra (Scott) Lake, Nicholas Rich, Cory Rich, Hayley Rich, Jocelynn Rich, and Kiarra Rich; 18 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; siblings, Scott Allan and Chris Allan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; sister, Deborah Allan; and niece Jaqueline Williams. Tributes may be shared on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com


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Visitation

Sunday

21

Jan

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sharp Funeral Homes - Fenton Chapel

1000 Silver Lake Road
Fenton, MI 48430

Services

Sunday

21

Jan

3:00 PM
Sharp Funeral Homes - Fenton Chapel

1000 Silver Lake Road
Fenton, MI 48430

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