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Beverly Dirks

Beverly “Bev Ann” Dirks, 60, of Lost Nation passed away on Thursday morning, Feb. 11, 2021, peacefully at her home.

Bev was born on May 18, 1960, in Silvis, Illinois, to Leonard and Bonnie (Grau) Freeze. She graduated from Bennett High School and received a degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Dubuque and NICC. She married Ricky Dirks on Nov. 1, 1980, at Peace Church in Bennett where she was a member. To that union four children were born.

While her children were young Bev was a stay at home mom. When they were all school age she started her career at Head Start, where she continued to work for 28 years. When Bev wasn’t working she could be found at her grandchildren’s sporting events or just spending time with them. She also enjoyed crocheting, online gaming and playing cards with friends and family, and was always busy trying to keep Ricky out of trouble. It was always guaranteed that no matter what Bev was doing, she was doing it with that infectious Bev Ann smile.

Bev is survived by her husband Ricky and five children: Heather (Roy) Goodenow of Maquoketa; Derrick (Sue) Dirks of Baldwin; Emily (Jackie) Dirks of Cedar Rapids; Amber Dirks of Lost Nation; and Theresa (Justin) Currie, of Maquoketa. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her mother Bonnie Freeze of Bennett; and her sister Brenda (Pat) McGowan of Lowden. 

Bev is preceded in death by her father Leonard in 1982.

A Celebration of her life will be held Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at 4 p.m. at the American Legion, 511 Main Street, Lost Nation.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established and set up at First Trust and Savings Bank in Lost Nation.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and Online condolences and notes of support may be left at