Beverlee Jean Maude

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Funeral services for Beverlee Jean Maude, 78-year-old Sheridan woman who passed away Friday morning at Sheridan Memorial Hospital in Sheridan, Wyoming, will be held by her family and friends on June 18, 2016. Donations in Beverlee’s memory may be made to the Geneology Section of the Sheridan County Library. Online condolences may be sent to
Beverlee Jean (Thomas) Maude was born December 10, 1937, on the Thomas family farm in Turner County, South Dakota, to Earl L. and Charlotte A. (Nelson) Thomas. She attended school and graduated from Centerville High School in 1955. She then attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, playing the alto saxophone in the marching band and washing glasses in the cafeteria to pay for room and board.
In 1954, she met Lowell T. Maude at the Evergreen Café where she was a waitress. She was relieved from her position at the Evergreen Café in a few short days for giving Lowell free pie and ice cream, and they married on August 16, 1956, in Vermillion, SD. She was looking forward to celebrating their 60th Anniversary this August, and had been making plans for the celebration for years.
They lived on the Maude Family farm in Vermillion and later in Buffalo, WY, and Story, WY, where they raised their four children. Beverlee returned to USD where she earned her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1973. She worked in many areas of the nursing field, receiving her B.S. in Nursing from the University of Wyoming and later became a Certified Addictions Nurse. Her nursing positions included Dakota Hospital in Vermillion, Johnson County Healthcare and Amie Holt Nursing Home in Buffalo, WY, and the V.A. Hospitals in Ft. Bayard, NM, and Sheridan, WY. She retired in 1995 and lived in Sheridan until the time of her death.
Beverlee loved attending the activities of her children and grandchildren. She was a great lover of education, especially history and geneology. She spent countless hours researching her family and exploring cemeteries, searching for information. She proudly became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as the Sheridan Chapter DAR Librarian until she recently resigned due to failing health.
Above all, she valued education and encouraged everyone to pursue higher education. She chose to donate her remains to the Aurora Anatomical Board in Aurora, CO, so she can assist medical students in their educational pursuits.
She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved reading, music, plays, dining out, family gatherings, and traveling. Travel highlights of her life included taking a river cruise through Europe in 2008 and visiting upstate New York in 2013 with daughter Ashley to see the original homesteads of her pre-Revolutionary War ancestors. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Buffalo, WY.
She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Lowell T. Maude of Sheridan; one son, Thomas L. Maude (Sally Cameron) of Englewood, CO; three daughters, Mary J. Fitzgerald (John) of Spearfish, SD; Rose A. Maude-Harriet (Casey) of Buffalo, WY; and Ashley L. Lecholat (Anthony) of Sheridan, WY. Together, she and Lowell have nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, one brother, Charles E. Thomas, one sister, Kathleen J. Wastlund, and one unborn child.