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History of Quilt Maker

Beverly and Kleer-Brewer Family History Quilt at GSQA quilt show in New Orleans, La, 9/93.

Beverly D. Brewer was born 9/21/37 in St. Joseph County, Constantine, Michigan. On 7/3/54 she married Dean Barodel Stephenson in Goshen, Indiana. They had four children: Ronald Dean (8/14/55) and Dianna June (9/14/56) born in Three Rivers, Michigan, Debra Lynn (6/22/58) born in Hillsdale, Michigan and Kenneth Elwood (4/15/64) born in Sturgis, Michigan.

They divorced in 6/67. Dean died 3/78 in Elhart, Indiana.

Beverly moved to Denver, Colorado 8/71 where she met Raymond G. Gary. They married 12/17/71. In 3/72 they moved to Boulder, Colorado. Then in 8/72 they moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In 1975 they moved to Duncanville, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

On 2/4/78 they had a daughter, Beverly Ann, born in Dallas. In 2/79 they moved to Grand Junction, Colorado. In 11/81 they moved back to Dallas, then in 6/81 they moved to Webster, Texas, a suburb of Houston. In 1/84 they moved to Jackson, Mississippi, then in 3/85 they moved to LaPlace, Louisiana. In 12/96 they sold their home there and moved back to Grand Junction, Colorado to be near their children. In 1998 they lived in the KOA camp ground in Hammond, Louisiana in their RV trailer. In 1999 they moved to a house in McComb, Mississippi. Most of the moves were transfers with Mr. Gary’s company.

Ray died 8/17/2003 in McComb, Mississippi.

Beverly moved to Castle Rock, Colorado 4/2006 to be near her children once again.

Quilting Credentials

Beverly began quilting in 1984 after watching Georgia Bonesteel on television in LaPlace, Louisiana. She joined a quilting group there called Crafty Ladies, then another one called Bright Hopes where she was president for 2 years. She was appointed Show Director of Gulf States Quilting Association, then elected President in 1993-94 of GSQA which had over 900 members at the time she was President. The association is made up of the states of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and the panhandle of Florida.

She helped organize a new quilting group called Quilting Fans in LaPlace in 1995. She also taught clases to the quilting groups and in her home during that time.

In 1997 she was a member of Sunset Slope Quilters and Colorado Quilting Council.

Historical Documentation

The Kleer-Brewer Family History Quilt is registered with the Colorado Quilting Council.

Registry number 5158, 11/15/97.

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