In loving memory of

Beverly F. Van Essen
March 22, 1930 - June 24, 2020

Beverly Van Essen, age 90 of Prairie City passed away on Wednesday June 24, 2020 at Mercy One - Des Moines. Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Silent City Cemetery in Monroe. The family will greet friend from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at Coburn Funeral Home in Monroe on Wednesday. Memorials may be directed to the Monroe Presbyterian Church and condolences may be left for the family at

The daughter of Harold and Minnie Wilson, Beverly was born on March 22, 1930. On March 21, 1948, she was untied in marriage to Doyle "Joe" Van Essen in Monroe. To this union two children were born Tim and Kathy. Beverly was a member of the Monroe Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed painting, flowers and working Sudoku puzzles.
Those left to honor her memory include her son, Tim Van Essen of Polk City; son-in-law, David Whittlesey, of Newton; grandchildren Jason (Heather) Van Essen, Alissa (Dave) Nietfeldt, Tony Bishop, Ed Whittlesey, Holly Whittlesey, Heather Whittlesey; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and a sister, Jean Harmison,. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Doyle in 2015, daughter, Kathy, in 2004, a grandson, Cory, in infancy and a sister, Louise Lane.


George Usher wrote on Jul 2, 2020:

"I met Bev in 1980, when we moved to the neighborhood. She and Doyle quickly became good friends. She was a genuine farmer's wife and she loved every moment of it. The farm life seem to fit her so well. Her love of dogs and cats and wildlife in general helps to explain her sweet nature. It wasn't surprising to walk in the house for coffee and there would be new pups or kittens (birds!) in the kitchen. It was always fun listening to her talk about all the animals she & Doyle had collected over the years. We will miss her. George Usher"

Brenda Nolin wrote on Jul 1, 2020:

"I'm so sorry for your loss,Beverly was a sweet lady.I always enjoyed our times together doing her hair.She will surely be missed.Sincerely Brenda??"