Inez M. Bevard, 87, of Galesburg, died at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2019, in Seminary Manor. She was born September 8, 1931, in Kenneth, Minnesota, the daughter of James and Milla I. (Remme) Wickwire. She married James O. Bevard on March 4, 1961, in Macomb. She is survived by her husband of over 58 years, Jim; a daughter, Shirley (Leo) Buescher of Galesburg; two granddaughters, Wendy (Dirk) Welch and Holly (Dave) Schofield; a brother, Bill (Lois) Wickwire of Pinckneyville; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Douglas and Jack Wickwire; and a sister, Berdella Smith. Inez was a telephone operator for Intra-State/Centel/Sprint Telephone Company for 35 years, retiring August 1, 1993. She was raised in Minnesota before the family moved to Maquon. She had lived in Galesburg since 1958. Inez enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, playing Bingo, listening to music, and sewing. She also loved dogs and had several over her lifetime.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel. A brief prayer service will be offered at noon by Rev. Jim Ecklund. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation and prayer service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Knox County Humane Society. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.