August 09, 1934 ‒ September 03, 2017
Beverly Jean Compton, of Centerburg, Ohio, died late Sunday morning, September 3, 2017 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, from complications due to a fall in her home a few days previously. She passed away peacefully, in the presence of loved ones. She was 83.
She was born in Cleveland in 1934; in childhood, her family moved to Fredericktown, Ohio, where she graduated from Fredericktown High School in 1952.
Soon thereafter she met and fell in love with Ralph Compton, fresh out of the U.S. Air Force and the youngest in a family of twelve children from Centerburg. Ralph and Bevie were married on November 10, 1955 in Fredericktown Methodist Church; Ralph began farming (at first full-time, later while also working at Nestle’s in Sunbury) and the young couple began raising a family, Bev giving birth to Beth (1956), David (1959), and Cathy (1961).
While raising the kids, restoring a historic Pony Express stop on Old Route 3 (featured in the Columbus Dispatch, and the family home to this day), and staying busy as a farm wife, Bev also worked full time: Bailey’s Veterinary Supply, Centerburg (4 years) and First Knox National Bank, Centerburg (15+ years). All this time, she had a dream: to open a business of her own that specialized in country-themed gifts and collectibles, and in 1988 Bev opened The Country Window, on Barnes Road in Centerburg. The business thrived, especially during Bev’s annual holiday open houses each fall, where customers from around Ohio, the Midwest and the United States returned yearly, signing their names to The Country Window’s guest book and catching up over hours of small talk with Bev.
Indeed, Beverly Compton loved to visit. She was fascinated by the pageant of life and its participants. She loved books and reading. She loved art and beautiful things. She loved creating. She loved Facebook, sometimes a little too much. She loved Ohio State sports. She loved the company of her friends and the hours of chat they effortlessly dispatched. She loved Kristi’s Bakery in Centerburg. More than anything, she loved her family. She loved them as much as she possibly could, every day of her life.
Bev is preceded in passing by her parents, Ruth and Beryl Garverick, and her husband, Ralph (1994). And by Lucky the cocker spaniel (1997), her best friend after Ralph died.
Beverly is survived by children Beth (Compton) Weiss and husband Steve Weiss of Westfield, IN, David Compton and wife Kris (Powell), of Apple Valley, and Cathy (Compton) McCathern and husband Stephen McCathern, of Centerburg; grandchildren Eric McCathern, Nicole McCathern, Chelsea (Compton) Skaggs (w/husband Michael Skaggs), Autumn McCathern, Carly Compton, and Kendall Compton; great-grandchild Emerson Skaggs; and by her brother Gerald “Gus” Garverick (wife Joan) of Shelby, Ohio. And by all of her friends; too many, alas, to mention here. It’s hard to emphasize strongly enough just how much you enriched Bevie’s days.
Calling hours will be 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 7, 2017, at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Sunbury, Ohio.
Funeral services will consist of a viewing from 12:00 noon to 1 p.m., followed by a service at 1:00 p.m., on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Centerburg United Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at Eastview Cemetery, Centerburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Centerburg High School Track Fund: 119 South Preston Street, Centerburg, Ohio, 43011.
The Devore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Beverly’s family. Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
“There is no peace that cannot be found in the present moment.”
― Tasha Tudor