In memory of Bev Given
someone we've lost to ALS
Her favorite place in the world was on a beach, so I arranged for us to go to Jamaica for our 43rd anniversary.
My wife Bev was diagnosed with Bulbar ALS December of 2020 at the Scottsdale Mayo Clinic. Bev taught 6th grade Gifted and Talented classes for 34 years and was once named GT teacher of the year for the state of Texas. She loved her work and was loved by her students.
By the third quarter of 2021 she was having difficulty swallowing and talking, and she began to need help walking. Her favorite place in the world was on a beach, so I arranged for us to go to Jamaica for our 43rd anniversary. We had a great week on the beach, and renewed our vows on December 24th, our anniversary. She died early the next morning.
It was a blessing, as she didn’t have to endure the end stages of ALS, and I truly believe she thought it was time for her to let go. I also believe she died happy.
Our three daughters and I scattered her ashes on Galveston beach, where we did an annual family vacation. We all miss her so much.