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Beverly Jo Dageforde was born December 17, 1940 in Enid Oklahoma to Max and Reva Daugherty. Bev was the youngest child born to the family with two older sisters, Rea, and Maxine, who were 11, and 8 ½ years older than her.
The family lived near Enid in the small town of Ringwood, OK where her dad owned and operated the local newspaper, The Ringwood Recorder.
Her family moved to Wichita, KS when Bev was about 2 ½ years old. It was 1943, in the middle of WW II and her dad felt a patriotic duty to move here to work in the aircraft industry to support the war effort.
The family lived in the Beechwood housing 4-plex units that were built by the government to help house the influx of workers coming into Wichita. Bev attended the nearby Beechwood Elementary School through the 8th grade and then transferred to the newly built Matthewson Jr. High, near 17th and Volutsia St, as Beechwood was being torn down. Even the housing was begin torn down, so the family moved to a new home her dad purchased on Prince Street.
Bev attended Wichita North High School through her Sophomore year when her family moved to S. Ida St near 47th and Hydraulic. There she had a choice of which High School to attend and she chose Wichita East High where she graduated in the class of 1958.
Bev was always thankful for the Christian heritage her family gave her. Her younger years were spent attending the Calvary Methodist Church, and then in High School they began attending the Cedar Chapel Methodist Church, where she was very active in the teen department.
After graduating high school, Bev went to work for the Universal CIT Finance company on South Broadway. Just five months after graduating she married Ron Meckenstock. Together she and Ron had 3 children and were married fourteen years, before they divorced.
In 1966, Bev went to work for Cessna Aircraft in the scheduling department, which was a part of Marketing and Planning. She worked in that department for 20 years when she became a Buyer in the Parts department where she would spend the next 16 years. Bev retired from Cessna in 2002 after a total of 36 years with the company.
Most of those years, Bev was a single mom, raising her three kids. However, she did find love again with a wonderful man, Lloyd Dageforde. She and Lloyd married in 1977 and shared just under 5 years together before his passing from a sudden heart attack.
She began attending First Church of the Nazarene in the early 1980’s and that would be her spiritual home until four years ago when she became more home bound and began worshipping with Central Community Church through their online streaming ministry, and especially enjoyed the music ministry of the church.
When it was time for more assistance in living, Bev chose on her own to move into the Via Christi Villages Assisted Living Center on N. Ridge Rd. There she found a wonderful staff of caring and dedicated professionals whom she loved dearly.
Throughout Bev’s life she was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother. She truly lived for her kids and grandkids and was a huge part of their lives. Her Christmas morning Breakfasts for the whole family were a real highlight of everyone’s holiday and her generous giving spirit was truly amazing. She loved all her kids and grandkids deeply and was their biggest supporter in life, no matter what, and she was a beloved Aunt to her many nieces and nephews. Bev was also a very loyal and loving friend, having formed many cherished life-long friendships with her co-workers and church members.
She was an incredibly strong woman who was kind, loving, and generous to everyone. She never complained about anything in life, even after her year-long struggle with a broken neck and having to wear a neck brace for over a year, as well as several other health complications.
Bev’s strength was an inspiration to all who knew her. Though her health was declining in recent months, her sudden passing, while hospitalized, was unexpected. On April 9, 2023, Beverly Jo Dageforde, rose with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Easter Sunday, to Eternal Life. Bev was preceded in death by both parents and her sister Rea Newlin. She is survived by her sister Maxine McKinney of Olathe, KS; sons, Randy Meckenstock, and Ryan (Coleen) Meckenstock of Wichita; and her daughter, Rhonda (Brad) Riley of Wichita; and 4 grandchildren; Corbin Riley (Miranda), Brooke Jeffcoat (Jonathan), RJay Meckenstock, and Ronnie Meckenstock all of Wichita, and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established with:
American Heart Association
8918 W. 21st St. N. #248
Wichita, KS 67205
Central Community Church
6100 W. Maple
Wichita, KS 67209
Click here to watch funeral service livestream: http://centralcommunity.church/funerals/