Beverly Jean McGrath

Beverly Jean McGrath


Beverly “Bev” Jean McGrath, 63, passed away peacefully at her home in Gilbert, Arizona, on Monday, December 16, 2019. Bev was born on March 29, 1956 in Chicago, Illinois to Harrell (deceased) and Shirley Clark. Family and friends were Bev’s greatest passion and above all she found delight in helping and serving others. She is survived by her husband, Don; children, Donny (Joanna) and Tim (Anna); her mother, Shirley; brothers, Dave (Kathy), John (Carol), and Frank; and her nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate Bev’s life will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Broadway Christian Church, 7335 East Broadway Road, Mesa, Arizona 85208, Phone: (480) 981-0802. All are welcome to attend. Please join us for lunch following the service at the church.

Sympathy cards can be sent to:

The McGrath Family

1700 East Lakeside Drive, Unit 59

Gilbert, Arizona 85234

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23 responses to Beverly Jean McGrath

  1. Adeline says:

    Bev was the best friend I’ve ever had. She was the most selfless person I knew. I will never meet anyone else like her. She was one in a million!! Most of all she loved God. She lived her whole life with love and kindness for others. God definitely broke the mold after she was created. I will miss her tremendously each and every day. Love you, my friend

  2. Heven has a new angel . She will be missed by all.

  3. Denis Lynch says:

    December 16th was a sad day for everybody that’s still here Bev was one of them people that if you met her your life was better because you met her the world truly lost a good person when she passed away as far as I’m concerned Heaven is the only place good enough for her she was that good of a person

  4. Sending love and light to the McGrath family from Chicago!

  5. Bev was a fighter for God! She fought to live for however long the Lord wanted her here on earth. I am so glad that she did, because we met her in her cancer journey and we were able to bond as sisters in Christ during that season. Bev was so selfless. She really did want to help others. She and Don prayed for many in the cancer struggle. Her greatest desire is for everyone to know and accept Jesus. We met at the cancer clinic in AZ , but even when we returned home to Texas and we traveled for mission work as well as medical are for husband, Bev wanted stay in touch and lift you up in prayer. I am so blessed to have had her as my friend. I dreaded calling recently because I was concerned that the Lord ugh too be calling her home, but I called. What sad news for all who loved her, but what great news for her as she is in the presence of Jesus. She told me that she was ready. May the Lord wrap all her loved ones in His loving Hands. May God grant you the peace that passes all understanding. May we be encouraged always by the sweet loving life of this beloved little fireball of a warrior. Looking forward to seeing her again some day! Trusting in the grace and love of Jesus. Trusting in His death and resurrection that produces eternal life for those who receive the gift. See you later, my dear friend.. see you later!❤️🤟😘 love and prayers for all the family and friends of Bev. Love in Jesus, Steven and Vonda Hamilton

  6. Sandra says:

    Love & prayers from all of us in Arkansas
    Sandra, Chal, Nick, Alex, Robin, Jessie, Cassie, Riley & Mason

  7. Judy says:

    Love & prayers from Louisiana Judy and Gladys

  8. John M says:

    Caring….to each and everyone.
    God rest your soul Beverly. Without your presence on earth there’s a void and in heaven there’s rejoicing with the angels. Well done on a life of service to your fellow man. May the peace of the Lord be with all of your family and friends who grieve.

  9. I loved Bev. She was my neighbor growing up and we would always run down to her house to get our nails painted! She would let us pick any color we wanted and she would paint them for us. She would also get out all her “fun” dishes and bowls for us to play with. Timmy was like an older brother to us. She raised a great family. God bless her and her family during this time. 🙏♥️

  10. Bev is a guardian angel and will live in our hearts forever. It’s a blessing to know such a beautifully kind and genuine person who radiates with love.

    Love and prayers to Don and her boys. Chicago misses you and I hope you feel the warmth from our hearts.

  11. Joshua Yassa says:

    Bev was such a selfless and sweet hearted person. No matter what she was going through, she wanted and cared to know how you and your loved ones were doing. Her Love and care for others was a testament to her Faith in God. Prayers and Thoughts with the McGrath Family.

  12. My wife Jeri met Bev at a woman’s bible study about 15 years ago and shortly after that Bev invited us over where we met Don. We had so much in common with them cuz Jeri and Bev were talkers fixing the world’s problems. Don and I would start off listening to them but before too long we would start sharing jokes with each other as we both loved to tell jokes. We tried to get together as often as we could and we also visited Bev when her time was drawing near. Bev also possessed a great sense of humor and she was spontaneous with clever comebacks. She was amazingly strong through her 3 year fight with cancer. When we visited them in October she carried on like she always did, that we forgot that she was even ill. Our visits would last for hours everytime we got together because we had so much in common with them and the laughter was non stop. Each new say brings blessings and challenges. Remember to thank God for every little thing he does throughout your day. And to also thank Him for the challenges that come our way. It’s how we deal with the challenges that tests our faith. Bev was blessed with the gift of eternal life and is now free of all challenges. Don and all of us will continue to face challenges. Please pray for Don as even though he knows that Bev is free of pain and with God, the void of losing her will be a struggle and a monumental challenge to overcome. We know that his strong faith in our savior will keep him strong. I for one will look forward to getting together with him as often as I can. because we gotta keep the jokes flowing. Laughter really is the best medicine.

  13. I sit here thinking of all the things Bev and I have been through together…
    We grew up on the south side of Chicago in the small neighborhood of Canaryville.There are many memories I hold close to my heart and anyone who knows me, knows I will tell those stories every chance I get. Growing up we hung around together, lived about 8 houses from each other, and worked our first job together as “quality control clerks”.
    Most of all I will miss our long distance phone calls venting about our kids lol. Even this past month Don would say Barb, Bev has about 5 minutes to talk before she has to eat dinner .. and about an hour later I would say I think we better hang up for now…😃
    Don tried but I think he knew that our 5 min was at least an hour…
    She even called to apologize for making Me cry when she told me that it was God’s choice to bring her home… How do you not miss someone that’s always caring about someone else’s feelings?
    Bev’s mom had a close relationship with her sisters..2 have passed and 1 still here.,commonly refered to as “the sisters” they had a tight bond and always there for each other ..especially if bingo was involved lol.
    This is where I think she developed the first love of family….❤️
    Bev was over the top …when her mom and brother Frank decided to move out to Arizona.❤️
    In later years ,we lived in separate states but OUR bond with one another I believed never stopped….

    We begin to remember
    Not just that you died,
    But that you lived~~~
    ~~~And that you gave us
    Memories to beautiful to forget….

    I will miss you “Beverly Jean ”
    Friends ~n~ cousins
    Love, Barb

  14. Dot says:

    Bev was a kind caring person, she will be missed. My prayers and condolence are with the family. God’s blessing

  15. I love you my Friend you will truly be missed you earned your wings rest in peace sweetie

  16. Heaven is definitely a better place now with Bev. She was such a wonderful and caring person. Her trust in God was inspiring. She was always positive and thinking of others. I will miss her. We started our cancer journeys around the same time and she was always reaching out to me. I will miss our chats. My dad (Uncle Don) would always talk about Bev being a saint and her sincerity. Don and family – I am so sorry for your loss. I know that she is still with you in spirit and always will. Love from Wisconsin coming your way!

  17. Lil & Ed says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Bev passing are condolence goes out to the family She was a Sweet Person she will be miss RIP 😇

  18. We met Bev and Don many years ago they were our neighbors before the boys were born. Our daughter was always over their house trying to help Bev with the boys. Shannon adored Bev and Don and she really cared for Donny and Timmy. Some of our best times were when the boys would come over and play on the atari games. Donny was very competitive and would always beat Wayne. All 3 kids had lots of fun playing together. Bev was always there if you needed her, she helped me out when I had to work late. When our daughter died, I called Bev and we prayed together. Bev was a very strong woman with an abundance of faith. I was sad when they moved to Arizona but we were able to communicate and have visits. There are now 2 angels in heaven and I pray Shannon and Bev are chatting away, talking about old times and having laughs. God Bless you Bev you will truly be missed.

  19. Bev will always be remembered as the pleasant, vibrant person with that unforgettable smile. Bev a warm and personable person who was a friend to all and definitely a fighter. May all people she touched be inspired by her words. You will be missed.

  20. We have been blessed to meet the McGrath’s 30 years ago. Friends for a day than family for life time. Bev was this tiny blonde hair lady that was bigger than life itself. We love her and will miss her until we met her again. No words can express the pain of her home going for everyone that had the honor of meeting and knowing her. May God-bless and Don and the family.
    Love from the DuPuis family 💔

  21. Bev and I met years ago serving together at Central Christian church and became BEST BUDDIES! She was an AMAZING Woman of unshakeable faith and loved to talk about her family, which was her passion! She would also tell me stories of when she was a Nanny back in Chicago and ‘her kids’ and there was always laughter. We helped each other move (such fun times we shared chatting away) and then we helped her mom get set up in AZ. She was so excited that her mom was moving here. Bev’s TRUST in the LORD was like no other and I know she was a GOD-send to me. Bev made my life richer with her sweet friendship and LOVE of the Lord. I know Heaven is rejoicing. Praying for Don and your beautiful family. Please LORD, hold them close.

  22. Linda says:

    So thankful for Bev for being such a good friend to my daughter Misty when they were at the cancer center. They talked a lot about their conditions and I feel helped each other. Now they are praising the Lord and rejoicing in heaven together. Again, thank you Bev!!

  23. Julie Reese says:

    Bev was a wonderful lady with open arms for all & always had a smile on her face. In all the years we’ve known her she was always so positive and I loved her outlook on life & her ability to love everyone!
    Our love, prayers & condolences to Bev’s family!

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