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Beverly Jean Edge – Newton Daily News

Beverly Jean (Langmaid) Edge, 87, of Newton, died Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at Valley View Village in Des Moines. A private memorial service will be hosted by the family at a later date. After cremation, interment will take place at Wittenberg Cemetery north of Newton.

Bev, the daughter of Don W. and Pearl (Loupee) Langmaid, was born on February 27, 1935 in Newton, IA. She attended Malaka #8 Country School through 8th grade, graduated in 9th grade from Newton Jr. High, and was part of the first class to graduate from the new Newton Sr. High (at her current location) in May 1953. Just before graduation, Bev was engaged to Gerald Edge, also of Newton. Gerald served in the military from December 1953 to February 1956. The couple married on February 26, just two weeks after his discharge. The couple had three children: Dennis (1957), Diane (1958) and Doug (1960).

Bev grew up on a farm and continued life on the farm with her family for the early years. While still in high school, she started working at the Jasper County Savings Bank. After starting her family, she continued to work part-time at the bank, McCall’s law firm, Grout Real Estate, and Maytag Dairy Farm. When her children were older, she worked full-time at Mid-Iowa Savings and Loan and several local real estate agencies. Even after her retirement, Bev held a long string of part-time jobs in accounting and retail. Her favorite pastime was tending to her estate and her large gardens at home. She was a member of Oak Ridge Grange Church, Wittenberg and volunteered for many years as a 4-H leader, at the Newton Arboretum and cooking community meals at local churches. Bev was best known for her strong work ethic, quick smile, and great food. Visitors enjoyed her baking at Granny’s Diner in Baxter and her house was always busy on Halloween, marked by sleights of hand year after year for one of her homemade sugar cookies. She loved all sports and spent many years attending her grandchildren’s many sporting events.

Bev is survived by her children, Dennis (Pauline) Edge and Doug (Lori) Edge, all of Newton, and Diane (Edge) Fredrick of Ames; 8 grandchildren and their partners; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Bud, (Marilyn) Langmaid; and his sister, Sandra Warden. Whether or not they are family, all will always remember her as “Grandma Bev.” She was predeceased by her parents and brother-in-law, Rex Warden.

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