In loving memory of

Beverly "Bev Ann" Dirks
May 18, 1960 - February 11, 2021

Beverly "Bev Ann" Dirks, 60, of Lost Nation passed away on Thursday morning, February 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 November 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 on Friday, February 26, 2021, at 4 P.M. at the Lost Nation American Legion, 511 Main Street, Lost Nation, Iowa.

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


cadence wrote on Mar 24, 2021:

"I love you so much Grandma Bev. I miss you a lot. I hope you live good up there you will always be in my heart"

Connie Hute wrote on Feb 28, 2021:

"My sincere condolences to the Dirks family. My husband Doug and I knew them and Bev was always a happy, outgoing gal. My God support you and give you peace during this difficult time."

Deb Shields-Breitbach wrote on Feb 23, 2021:

"Bev was a wonderful lady if I remember right she bowled way back with me and a few others "

Alisha LaRue wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"She was vary good lady she was vary good at what she did at the maq haed start she will be miss by mine "

Deb Shields-Breitbach wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss she was a really sweet lady hugs to all of the family "

Brenda DeMoss / Groves & Family wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"To Bev's family. Words can't express how sorry I am to hear about the passing of Bev. What a funny lady she was. I always enjoyed talking with her. She was a wonderful preschool teacher at Headstart. I know a lot of people are going to miss her. especially her coworkers. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace wonderful lady. Fly high with the Angels "

Kathy heedles wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"Love our childhood memories as if we were all sisters. Rest In Peace.. we miss you already. Prayers for your loving family. Kathy and Henry and family"

Julie Thomas wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"I will miss Bev at our Head Start gathering, she was always fun to be around. She would bring her lunch and we could visit on our lunch break. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. She talked about her family with pride. Julie Thomas "

Cindy Walter wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"My condolences to Bev Ann?s entire family. She will be missed each and every day until you meet again in the kingdom of God . Until then we can remember the wonderful ways she loved and cared for each person she knew. ???? Cousin to Cousin ????"

Brenda Vacek wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"What a loving and happy person Bev was. It was always wonderful to see her at school events. We had our "Bennett" ties that we shared and always enjoyed our visits about Bennett. She loved her family more than anything and was not shy to demonstrate that love. My deepest sympathies to the whole family, especially Derrick and Emily. No words can ease your pain. Only time and the wonderful memories you have with your Mom will carry you through these dark days. From experience I will share that you need to talk about her often, look at old pictures, tell stories you have of her. In that way, she will be with you always."

Jenny Atkinson wrote on Feb 13, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss. I knew Bev through Head Start. Always enjoyed visiting with her at the inservices. "

Jeff and Peggy Hansen wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"So sorry for your familys loss Please know our thoughts and prayers are with the family "

Roger and Denise Bunyon wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"We are at a loss for words. This was shocking, breath taking news when we heard of her passing. She was such a great lady and we are saddened to hear about this. She will be deeply missed. Our daughter, Elizabeth just went through head start last year and really grew attached to Bev and Susie. We had several of our other kids that passed through there as well. They are just so amazing with the kids. I always knew that when I left she was always in good hands! Elizabeth looked forward to going everyday to learn something new with Bev and Susie. Her year was cut short with them because of COVID but they continued to make sure they kept in contact over the app ?Class Dojo? with a bunch of special activities for the kids or we met with Susie to pick up work. These two ladies are really something special to our family! Elizabeth was able to see Bev one last time when we ran into her at Dollar Tree a few months back and I am so thankful for that. She has grown and learned so much because of Bev and Susie. Thank you! We will miss you Bev, you have touched so many lives! Love you much! Thought and prayers go out to the family."

Barb Notz wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy for the family. "

Rosemary Stoll wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"Ricky and family..Tom and I were so saddened to hear of Bev?s passing. We?re thinking of you all and sending prayers for comfort. She will be missed by every one that knew her. Love to you all Tom and Rosemary "

Janelle and Steve Proesch wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"Rick and family you have our thoughts and prayers. I got to know Bev through Judy O?Hara and Derrick is really good friends with my son Garrett. Bev was always with a smile, she will be missed."

Connie Bonney wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"Ah that smile, could light up a room and the whole state of Texas, she wore it well and used it often.. Many a meals she made for the little ones at Head Start, and a fine job she did...She did a fine job raising the kids and keeping Ricky in line too.. Rest easy now, sure God will have you in his kitchen soon. Thinking of the family at this very hard time."

Wendy Meade Scott wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"Rick and family, We are so sorry to hear of Bev's passing. She was such a happy kindhearted woman. She brought much love to all who knew her. Our hearts ache for you all. May God be with you all during this difficult time. Wendy and Denny Scott"

Jessi Howell wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"I first met Bev at head start when my kids attended preschool. Bev was always full of smiles & great to be around. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Thoughts and prayers are with her family. "

Lacey Caven wrote on Feb 12, 2021:

"So sorry for you family?s loss she was a great lady. ??"