Beverly Abels


Beverly Ann Strawn-Naramore Abels was born July 23, 1941, in Cushing, Okla. She married Jon Abels Nov. 19, 1960, in Wichita, Kan.

Beverly was an active member of her community in Custer, S.D. She and Jon established and facilitated 17 years of Southern Hills Friends of the NRA annual banquets. They held the first banquet for western South Dakota. Together they raised a tremendous amount of money to fund firearm safety education. She was also a member of the National Republican Women’s Committee.

Beverly loved her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her greatest enjoyment was surrounding herself with her family and friends and she and Jon never met a stranger, as they loved to talk with every person they met.

Beverly died at Rapid City (S.D.) Regional Hospital July 28, 2017. She was 76.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jon Abels; daughters, Suzannah (Bub) Lloyd and Joannah (Derek) Tornow; grandchildren, Robert B. (Amy) Lloyd, Samantha Tornow, Jon E. (Monica) Lloyd, Ali Tornow, Theodore Tornow  and Kylie Ann Tornow; three great-grandchildren, Robert and Jackson Lloyd and Cody Tornow; and a half-sister, Daann Piglowski.

Services are Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at Crossroads Church  of Custer.

Donations may be made to Southern Hills Friends of the NRA by reaching Kelly Miller at Highmark Credit Union, 602 Mt. Rushmore Rd, Custer, SD 57730.