Beverly Janice (Condit) Lehman was born on October 2, 1929 to Boyd and Hazel (Hansen) Condit. Bev was raised in the town and country in and around Paton, Iowa with her older brother by 14 months, Duane. Her earliest memories are of loving school, even before she was enrolled as a student. She attended Paton Community school and graduated as valedictorian in 1947. She then enrolled briefly at Iowa Teachers’ College in Cedar Falls before moving back to the Paton area.
Bev married Dwight Lehman on May 23, 1948, and they raised four boys: Allen, David, Daniel and Dick and one girl, Cynthia. They farmed for many years near the small towns of Burnside, Paton and Jefferson before moving to Jefferson in 1965. At that time, Bev took an office job at American Athletic before enrolling at Boone Junior College and then Iowa State University, where she graduated in 1971 as the top scholar in the English Department. Following her graduation from ISU, Bev taught school at Scranton for nine years and then took a position at Jefferson Community school system. She then moved on to take various positions at the Jefferson Bee and Herald until her retirement in 1998 at the age of 70.
Following retirement, Bev and Dwight traveled, with highlights being trips to Europe and Alaska, along with regular trips to visit their children and families in Houston, Chicago, Buffalo and Lake Panorama. Bev also had a canny knack for keeping up with technology (of course with the help of her granddaughter, Heidi and her husband, Sean), setting up a facebook account and learning how to use a smart phone. While she also used a Kindle for reading, she continued to check out books from the library.
Beverly Lehman died at her home March 26, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Boyd and Hazel Condit; brother, Duane Condit; son, Daniel and grandson, Andy. She is survived by her husband, Dwight Lehman of Jefferson; sons: Allen (Susie) Lehman of Houston, Texas, David (Coreen Arnold) Lehman of Chicago, Ill. and Dick (Nancy) Lehman of Houston, Texas; daughter, Cindy (Glenn) Summers of Blasdell, N.Y.; daughter-in-law, Muriel Lehman of Panora; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 31, 2017 at Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson. Visitation with the family present to greet friends will be Friday, March 31 at the funeral home from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. A private family burial will take place at Paton Township Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Jefferson Public Library.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home.