On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, my dear mother, Beverly Ann (Carlson) Ford, peacefully slipped away into eternity at the age of 88. Mom was born February 1, 1931 in the small farming community of Menahga, Minnesota to Nels and Hilma Carlson. Following graduation from Menahga High School (class of ’48), she left for Minneapolis to attend nursing school where she became a Registered Nurse. Shortly thereafter, she left for Los Angeles, California where she quickly found a job as an RN.
In 1954, she married a Los Angeles businessman, Alan Sussman. They raised two sons, Bradley and me. We briefly moved to Golden Colorado, and eventually to Northbrook, Illinois where she was both a homemaker and part-time nurse.
Ten years after the death of Dad (1991), Mom married Marvin Ford, a retired businessman from Wisconsin. They relocated to Mundelein, Illinois and enthusiastically began to travel the world. In their exciting seventeen years together they visited almost every continent and major city on the planet. In addition to their international adventures, they regularly enjoyed visits to see her family in Minnesota, Brad, me and her 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren in Ohio and California. Mom was passionate about exercising, watching sports, entertaining in her home, cooking delightful meals, and spending quality time with friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, mother, first husband, and my twin sisters, Dawn and Jennifer, who died as infants. She is survived by her husband Marvin, brother Douglas, grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for September in Minnesota.
In lieu of flowers, donations to her favorite charities, the Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Salvation Army, are highly encouraged.