Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Beverly J. McGillivray

Belmont, NY - Beverly J. McGillivray, 74, of 5273 State Route 19 north, died Tuesday, March, 10, 2015 peacefully at home. She had previously survived a long battle with cancer as well as cardiac disease. She was born on January 25, 1941, in Westfield, NY; the daughter of the late Thomas and Corrine (Barnhart) Freeman.                                             

She was a graduate of Andover High School and married the love of her life on July 2, 1960. Together they had 5 children and remained lifelong friends. She spent her time as a loving mother and homemaker. Later in her life she spent many years waitressing at well known establishments including the Dill Pickle, Clancy's, The Brass Balloon, Family Pizza, The Beef House, Spiros, and the Texas Hot. After no longer waitressing she continued to frequent many of these establishments where her beautiful smile and bright blue eyes were known and loved. Many of her Grandchildren remember her "home cooked meals" at the Texas Hot. The one time of the year that you could find her in the kitchen however, was at Christmas time when she would make her coveted peanut butter fudge and distribute it as gifts. Her face would light up as she took most pride in spending time with her children, many grandchildren, and later great grandchildren, affectionately known as "GG". She was an animal lover and was constantly followed around by her faithful companions Koda and Molly. She was a faithful member of the Gospel Fellowship Church in Belmont and found peace in time spent in worship and prayer.

In addition to the love of her life, Dennis C. McGillivray Sr. she is survived by her 5 children, Dawn (Rick) Middaugh, Dennis (Amria) McGillivray Jr., Lynn (Steve) Biancuzzo, Patricia (Lance) Dodge, and Kelly (Dennis) Karns; twenty Four grandchildren, Shannon (Kyle) Lyon, Jennifer, Sarah, and Adam (Natalie) Middaugh, James, Marc, and Samuel Stewart, Bethany (Jerrod) Corbett, Hannah, Daniel, and Dennis McGillivray III, Andrea (Jeremy) Niece, Alyssa and Vinson Biancuzzo, Corinna, Keighle, Zachary, Brandy and Stephanie Cole, Megan, Myah, Ethan and Trevor Burt, and Kaitlyn Karns; sixteen great-grandchildren, one brother, Thomas (Deana) Freeman, one sister,  Lois (George) Stroble and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, Peter Meads and two sisters, Alice Meads and Rose Marie Freeman.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 14th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm at the Gospel Fellowship Church on Hood Road in Belmont. The funeral will follow visitation at 4:00 pm in church with Pastor Patrick Lyons presiding. A reception will follow the funeral at the Amity Rescue Squad for friends to gather and celebrate her memory. Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit

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