Obituary of Beverly J. Den Baars
Beverly Jane Den Baars passed away peacefully at the age of 93. She was born on July 9, 1930 and raised on the generational family farm near Hazelton North Dakota to Paul V. and Lina M. Kurtz. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Calvin, Pauley and sister Patricia. Beverly married her first husband Charles P. La Viska and they had two boys Kurt (Aida) and Charles before his tragic death in 1957. She later remarried Dirk Den Baars in 1959 and they had two more son’s Scott (Marisa) and Steven (Susan). She has seven grandchildren Javier (Araceli), Alex, Kyle, Erin (Daniel), Kaitlin, Dalton, Jared and two great grandchildren Alex & Elias. Many dear relatives remain in North Dakota and California.
Beverly grew up during the great depression on the family farm where she developed a passion for horses and had many stories to tell about farm life. Her four boys learned how to ride horses and drive tractors during the summers at the Kurtz family farm. She went to school in Crookston, MN and later got her BA degree in Home Economics at the North Dakota State University in Fargo where she was a cheerleader and belonged to the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. During school she spent summers working as a ranger at Yellowstone National Park where she learned to play the Ukulele. She was ahead of her time as a dress designer, decorator, accomplished seamstress who loved fashion. Beverly loved to dance and was an Arthur Murray Dance Instructor and with her first husband Charles they won many dance contests in Southern California and Tucson. They appeared on the Arthur Murray Dance Party show during the Golden Age of Television. She had many gifts; she loved to paint watercolors and has many paintings of the southwest. Beverly loved to play tennis with her best friends Marge, Midge, Elise and played until she was in her mid-eighties at Randolph and Himmel Park. She was active in Tucson organizations including the Dutch Club, WAIMEs and the Mercedes Club. Beverly, Dirk, and sons enjoyed many vacations and adventures hunting and fishing in the outdoors in the southwest, Mexico, Europe and Indonesia. She had many culinary skills and was an accomplished cook of Indonesian family recipes. She was a huge Arizona Wildcats Fan.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Beverly Den Baars, please visit Tribute Store