Beatrice "Bea" L. Spivey, 85, of Moline, formerly of Galva, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 16th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Rev. Bob Curry will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cambridge or the Henry County Historical Society.
Beatrice Louise Larson was born January 23, 1932 in Kewanee, the third daughter of Frederick and Mary Jo Huizinga Larson. She grew up in Burns Township. Bea graduated from Galva High School in 1949 and was the valedictorian of her class. She then went to work at the Henry County Farm Bureau in Cambridge until she married Stewart E. Spivey of New Windsor on March 14, 1954 in the First Baptist Church of Cambridge. They farmed for several years in Kewanee and Weller Townships. He passed away on June 14, 1998.
Throughout the years, Bea was a member of the Cambridge Baptist, Kewanee Baptist, and Galva Baptist churches. She was a Campfire Girls leader in Galva and the playwright and program director for the Bishop Hill Community Club and 4-H Club Share the Fun night. Bea worked as a World Book representative and also at the Bishop Hill State Museum, the Henry County Museum, and the Galva Historical Society Wiley House Museum as a historical interpreter.
She loved country music and was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Bea was an active member of a book club and passed her love of reading on to her children and grandchildren. She devoted her life to her children and many grandchildren who spent countless hours at her home. As a true American patriot, her favorite colors were red, white, and blue. She enjoyed celebrating the Fourth of July with music, skits, poetry, and fun with family and friends on the front porch in Galva.
Those surviving are daughters and son-in-law, Lucinda and Gary Peterson, Warsaw, MO, Ruth and Larry Sharfe, Moline, Janell and John Holt, Galva, sons and daughters-in-law, Marshall Spivey, Tampa, FL, Tyler and Lisa Spivey, Annawan, and Travis and Erin Spivey, Galva, 17 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren. Other survivors include sisters, Marian (Mrs. Dale) Evans, Cambridge, and Suzanne (Mrs. George) Heaton, Cambridge.
Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.