Beverly J. Hodge
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Beverly J. Hodge
  • December 26, 1929 - March 26, 2017
  • Normal, Illinois

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Normal - Beverly Hodge, 87, of Normal, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa.
Beverly was born December 26, 1929, in Normal, the daughter of William and Alma Houchens Crosby. She married Roy Vernon Hodge on July 28, 1947, in Kentucky. He preceded her in death on June 6, 2010.
Surviving are their children, Joe (Natalie) Hodge of Colorado Springs, CO; Janet (Michael) Kleeberger of Surprise, AZ; Jon Hodge of LeRoy; and Jim (Donna) Hodge of Bloomington; nine grandchildren; Rachel (John) Senrick of Colorado Springs, CO; Jacob (Stephanie) Hodge of Watertown, MN; Molle (Ara) Kabodian of Plymouth, MI; Seth (Lori) Kleeberger of Glendale, AZ; Amanda (Jim) Ellison of Coon Rapids, MN; Katie (Josh Vanbeek) Kleeberger of Cedar Rapids, IA; Nathen Hodge of Bloomington; Shelby Hodge of Barnesville, N.C.; Davis Hodge of Bloomington; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Beverly Hodge was a business women who established and operated Hodges Bridal world in Normal, Il for 30 + years. She was a pioneer in the bridal business that led countless brides down the aisle in beautiful bridal gowns, with all the accessories and services for the many needs every bride has for that special day. She had a wide range of selections for mother's dresses, flower girl gowns, and tuxes for the groom. She was known for her delicious homemade wedding cakes. Many times using the favorite family recipe's of the brides. We oftener laughed her business offered everything but the groom. Her business also offered prom dresses and she loved helping the girls find the perfect dress for that special evening. She also catered many special events, preparing wonderful food that helped many people celebrate the events of their lives. She not only touched the lives of her family but of countless people in our community.
Mother was one of the best cooks we've ever known. In recent years, she was busy writing a cookbook; though due to memory loss it's unlikely she could make a cobbler. As we thumbed through cookbooks, we realized she was not only writing a cookbook but also a love letter to her family. Every page was colored, with expressive notes, about her husband, children, and comments on recipe. Almost every page had dad's name written on it with love from his Yankee Girl. Feeding her husband and family was an integral part of who she was and her demonstration of love to each of us. It's a love and heritage we were grateful to have received.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 30, 2017 at East Lawn Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 4 -7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at East Lawn Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow the service in East Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community, Chenoa. Online condolences may be shared with the family at eastlawn-bloomington.com