Beverly Lois DeMars - 92

6/26/1926 - 11/16/2018

Rockford, Illinois

Beverly Lois DeMars, 92, of Rockford passed away peacefully in her sleep at Presence St. Anne Center on Friday, November 16, 2018. Born June 26, 1926 in Rockford, IL.  Daughter of Henry and Myrtle Mulder. Married to Harold W. DeMars on Dec. 22, 1947. Employed at Northern Illinois Women's Center, retiring in 2004. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for 65 years. Bev joined Westminster on March 30, 1953. During her membership she served the church as a Deacon, a Stephen Minister, a member of Ruth Circle (Presbyterian Women), the Primetimers Senior Fellowship, and the church sewing group. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing golf with her friends. She was president of the Happy Hooker's Golf League.

Survivors include, daughters, Deborah (Dan Leitzke) Ragsdale of Roscoe, Donna (Richard) Claytor of Massachusetts, Deitra (Todd) Lundberg of Indiana, sons, Darrell DeMars of California, and Dennis (Cyndi) DeMars of Rockford. Grandchildren, Steve (Laura), Stephanie, Joshua and Tiffany Ragsdale, Daniel and Derek DeMars, Ryan (Erica) and Grant Lundberg, and Hannah Claytor. Great-grandchildren, Matilda and Violet Ragsdale; sister-in-law, Lorraine DeMars and several nieces and nephews.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; brother, Jack; son-in-law, Richard M. Ragsdale MD; and daughter-in-law, Lisa Kane DeMars. On behalf of the family we want to thank the staff of St. Anne's for their care, love and support, especially Kathy and Jeannie.


Celebration of life open house, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m., in Nicholas Conservatory, 1354 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107. Arrangements by Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2821 N. Bell School Rd., Rockford, IL 61107. Online condolences may be left at

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