Friday, March 4, 2022

Beverly J. Root, 83

Allentown, NY – Beverly J. Root, 83, of Ball Road, passed away at home on March 2, 2022. She was born in Wellsville on August 21, 1938 the daughter of the late John J. and Geraldine (Hurd) Sloan. On July 26, 1958 in Bolivar she married her former husband, Francis R. Root, who survives. 

Bev was a life-long resident of Allentown; she was a 1956 graduate of Allentown Union School. She was a bookkeeper for Francis R. Root Inc. Oil Field and Excavation of Allentown; she also helped establish the Fashion Bug of Wellsville and worked there until it’s closing in 2013. Outside of her employment, her work was never done – “Grandma Beetle” was proactive on the family farm by raising beef cattle, participating in horse pulling and riding, while also working the oil leases; but then in turn preparing meals for everyone else. She was fond of cooking, and provided meals for many in several aspects of her life. She assisted with the other family businesses such as: R&W Moto/Ski on Hog Brook (later on White Hill). She was a long-time and tremendously involved member of the Allentown United Methodist Church, she was instrumental in helping to organize the monthly outreach meals, and enjoyed singing at church with her wonderful voice. She served two terms as a board member for the Town of Alma. She will be remembered as a Jill of All Trades. 

In addition to Francis, she is survived by: four children, Lynn (Russ) Pinney of Bolivar, Mary (Glen Brooks) Root of The Colony, TX, Karl (Tricia) Root of Bolivar, and Lori Root of Bolivar; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara (Douglas) Lewis of Port Orange, FL, formerly of Scio; and several nieces and nephews, including Gabe (Meagan) Lewis of Port Orange, FL. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 7, 2022 from 4 – 7 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville. A memorial service will follow on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 11 AM in the Allentown United Methodist Church, 5815 NY-417, Allentown, with Reverend Diane Cox and Reverend Alva Cornell presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences please visit


  1. I just read about Bev's passing and am grateful to have known her from my growing up years in Petrolia. Our families spent such great times together in the Allentown area as well as Rushford Lake and in Ontario, Canada. Bev, you will be sorely missed here on earth. However, I hope you'll be one of the ones to greet me when I reach those Heavenly shores. Much love and condolences to your immediate family. Susan (Sue) Howe Stern

  2. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Bev's family. Beverly was a very special lifetime friend. We started first grade together and she was a bridesmaid in our wedding in 1960. We spent many enjoyable times together. She was very giving and loving and a person of strong faith. She was one of the "Saints" of the Allentown Methodist Church. She was truly the "matriarch" of her loving family. God's Blessings to her family. May she rest in heavenly peace. Sid and Sandy Cleveland, Ithaca, NY

  3. Barbie, I am so sorry to hear you lost your sister. I remember good times with you at her house when her first baby was born. I also babysat a few times for her, she was the nicest lady. Again, I extend my condolences to your family. Susan(Cubby) Stephens Reinking