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Beverly Clark Conley, aged 71 from Kingwood, West Virginia, passed into the open arms of her Savior, Jesus, on March 8, 2023, at home with her family. Beverly was born on January 29, 1952, the oldest child of Miles Gene and Goldie Maxine Clark of Manown, West Virginia.
Beverly initially attended Howesville Elementary School and later graduated from Kingwood High School on Friday, June 13, 1969. She had already completed one year of college credits at Fairmont State College prior to beginning her Fall semester. She graduated with a B.A. degree in Math Education in May, 1972. That summer, and the subsequent two summers, were spent teaching at Camp D.A.V.E., in outdoor education. In the Fall of 1972, she moved to Elkins, WV, (Crystal Springs), where she began teaching at the Junior High level. The following year, she moved to Kingwood, and taught math and science at Bruceton High School for one year. She then was transferred to Masontown High School, teaching math until June, 1978. By attending night classes, she obtained her Master's Degree in Math Education from W.Va. University in 1976.
Beverly thought of herself as a “Renaissance Woman,” often recreating herself over her lifetime. She was a woman of many talents, with a particular fondness for children and our veterans. Over the years, she taught childbirth classes for 12 years while rearing 4 children. She later taught night math classes for Fairmont State College and the Kennedy Center. She started an ecumenical youth program at the Wesley United Methodist Church, beginning with 4 children. 8 years later, the group had nearly 70 youth. She loved talking to children about God and her faith in Jesus. She attended and taught Christian Education classes at the St. Sebastian Catholic Church. For 12 years she took carloads of children (later a busload) to Ichthus, a Christian music festival in Wilmore, Kentucky.
She was an avid tennis player and served as the Coach for the Preston High School tennis team. In 2001, she began training to become a U.S.T.A. tennis line judge. In 2005, after being a college line judge, she was asked to begin calling lines at the US Open in New York where she participated for 9 years. (One highlight was nearly being struck by Andre Agassi’s racket. He later gave her a big hug, witnessed by thousands of people on ESPN.) She was an active participant in the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, having produced the Buckwheat Festival Program Book for 22 years. Her involvement with county veterans included developing a special Veteran's Program in 2000 and participating in Mainstreet Kingwood's project of a Veterans' Memorial Plaza at the Courthouse.
Beverly had the distinct ability to design and coordinate special events. She, not only planned weddings for her 4 daughters and many other friends, but designed multiple gala events over the years for Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority where she served as the chairperson for the Design Committee. She designed and provided floral arrangements for the Buckwheat Festival Queen’s Banquet the last few years.
She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Fred Conley, and 4 daughters: Shannon Conley (husband Bryan) of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; Colleen Beck of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Maureen Durst (husband Eric) of Aurora, West Virginia; and Bridget Pierson (husband Brad) of Maumee, Ohio. She has 9 grandchildren which were the absolute love of her life: Collins Conley, Ashton Conley, Bella Beck, Bonnie Beck, Evie Durst, Gwen Durst, Jacob Durst, Owen Pierson, and Liam Pierson. She is also survived by her mother Maxine Clark and 3 siblings: Terry Clark (wife Kim) of Fayetteville, Georgia; Brenda Armstead of Casselberry, Florida; and Melinda Black of Pottstown, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her father, Miles Gene Clark, on April 16, 2020.
Friends may call at Kingwood Funeral Home, 295 S. Price Street, on Friday, March 10, 2023 from 4pm – 8pm, and at Wesley United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 10am to 11:00am the funeral hour with Reverend Jonathan Nettles and Father Dominic Athishu officiating. Interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 107 West High Street, Kingwood, WV 26537, or the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org
Online condolences can be sent to the Conley family at www.kingwoodfuneralhomewv.com
Wesley United Methodist Church
107 West High Street, Kingwood WV 26537
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123