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Beverly Ann (McSwain) Whalen, Age: 63
Mar 14, 1958 - Mar 27, 2021

Beverly Ann (McSwain) Whalen, 63, of Fleming, MO, passed away on March 27, 2021 at Liberty Hospital in Liberty, MO.


She was born on March 14, 1958 in Muncie, Indiana to Melvin and Wanda (Hampton) Henderson. After the death of her father, she was adopted by James T. McSwain, Sr. upon his marriage to her mother. Beverly worked in the agriculture sector for most of her life, retiring from the U.S Department of Agriculture after 30 years of service.


She is survived by her husband James Whalen, of the home; daughters, Tanya Harris (Jesse), Mountain Home, AR and Heather Turner, Alamogordo, NM; Brother, James McSwain Jr. (Anesha), Arkadelphia, AR; Step-daughters, Tiffany Dow and Lindsey Frazier, Lee's Summit, MO; Step-son, Aaron Whalen, Cedar Springs, MI, and 12 Grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and grandson, Garrett Turner.


A celebration of life service will be held April 10, 2021 at 1:00 at her home in Fleming, MO. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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Apr 10 ,2021
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1:00 PM
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Roger Friedrich Apr 03 ,2021

friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with the Whalen family. Beverly was a wonderful friend and coworker and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. I'll never forget her warm smile and her dedication to her customers in the Rice industry.

Karey Brown Apr 03 ,2021

Past Co-Worker ,Tecumseh ,Kansas

I knew Beverly as a co-worker and friend back in my USDA days with Donnie Burks, Sandra Methany and Mary Hill. I want to say it was 1990ish. I've always thought she was a blast. I'm so sorry for your loss. Can't believe cancer took her at such a young age. My prayers are with you all.

Nita Brigace Apr 03 ,2021

Friend ,New Boston ,Texas

I am really glad Beverly and I connected last year after so many years. She was a sweet person and a good friend. Jo Gwen and I were planning a visit. I pray for all of your family. I know we will see her again in heaven.

Tammye Sanders Apr 03 ,2021

Friend ,Buckner ,Arkansas

So sorry for the loss of Beverly. Sending many prayers hug and love for her family. I am so thankful I got to reconnect with her on Facebook. She was a beautiful sweet friend. Will be thinking of you in the days to come. Tammye Sanders


Friend ,BASEHOR ,Kansas

Jim and family- Words fail to allow mw to express my profound sympathy on the passing of Beverly. She was a bright light in our FGIS world: always positive and always (usually) right. I will pray for the resting of her soul and for your comfort during this time of grieving. God Bless you all.

Stefanie & Day Huguet Apr 04 ,2021

Friends ,Scott ,Louisiana

Sending prayers and love.

Darryl D Perryman Apr 05 ,2021

Former Co worker ,DICKINSON ,Texas

I met her and her husband at the Grain Center in Kansas. She was a very nice and kind person. My sincerest condolences to her husband and family. God Bless!

Ron Bundy Apr 05 ,2021

coworker ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Jim and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bev was a wonderful person and she sure could light up a room. While I wasn't very close with her, she always took the time to get to know me and ask about my family. I could tell that she was just one of those blessed people that made you feel special when you were in her company. Bev and your family have been in our prayers for the last several months and we will continue to pray blessings upon you all. God bless you all.

Regina F. Bickham Apr 05 ,2021

Co-worker of "League City Field Office" ,League City ,Texas

Good Morning, Our sincere condolences to the Family of Beverly Ann(McSwain) Whalen. Earth has no sorrow heaven cannot heal. In Proverbs 3:5-6 says: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy path. We will continue praying for the strength of this family!! Mrs. Regina F.Bickham Agricultural Commodity Technician

Mike Leonard Apr 05 ,2021

friend ,New Madrid ,Missouri

I was really sadden to here of Ms. Beverly's passing. She was a great lady

David Ayers Apr 05 ,2021

Friend ,Champaign ,Illinois

Jim and family My heartfelt condolences for the passing of. Beverly. Nothing but good memories of my dealings with her. A truly wonderful person. Many prayers

Ruth Goff Apr 05 ,2021

Friend ,Gladstone ,Missouri

Jim and Family: I'm so sad for her passing. Beverly was a kind sweet person. Over the years of working with her we had great laughs and heartfelt conversations. I am blessed to have known her. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Skyla Ash Apr 05 ,2021

friend ,Marston ,Missouri

I worked for the Missouri of Department of Agriculture where I met Beverly at an Federal Grain Inspection meeting years ago. We have had contact throughout our careers. She was a wonderful person always there if you needed her. My prayers are with you y’all.

Pat Emick Apr 05 ,2021

friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Jim and family-I was saddened to hear of Beverly's passing. She was such a wonderful, fun person and always had a smile for everyone. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

Sharon Lathrop Apr 05 ,2021

Friend/Co-Worker ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Jim, I'm so sorry for your loss. Beverly was always a good friend and fun to be around. I will miss her.

Ramon & Lupe Luevano Apr 06 ,2021

Friend and co-worker ,Smithville ,Missouri

Beverly was a dear sweet person, always caring for others with no regard for herself! Prayers for Jim and the family and our heartfelt condolences! Ramon & Lupe

JAMES M CHAPMAN Apr 06 ,2021

Coworker ,LEES SUMMIT ,Missouri

Jim, I think I only had the pleasure of meeting you the one time outside NGC. I believe it was before Bev retired but after she had fallen from the horse. Bev welcomed me to NGC when I started in 2016 and she made sure I got my daily dose of sass from her. :) We were a couple cubicles apart and I may have been responsible for giving her candy bars all the time. I would buy the big box from Costco and she and our cubicle mates would have our afternoon snack. She ruled the rice world and I would hear her give her advice/opinions/directives to so many people who had so much respect for her. I have missed her since she retired and now that sense of loss is magnified a 1000 times, but I am sure it pales in comparison to yours, since you had the joy of her in your life all these years. I hope all goes well for you and your family in this tiring time.

Debbie Frost Apr 07 ,2021

Jim, m so sorry to hear of Beverly’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family.

Tony Goodeman Apr 09 ,2021

Former coworker ,Herndon ,Washington, D.C.

I am so sorry for your loss Mr. Whalen and family. Ms. Whalen was a joy to work with and I always enjoyed our debates and interactions, where as Pat said above she was usually right. She was known around the world (literally) and relied upon as an expert in her field. I always admired her story working her way up through the field and becoming the renowned rice and pulse grading expert for all of USDA, and doing it all with grace and compassion for everyone. I also remember her working through treatments and wanting to make sure everything was in a good place prior to retiring, always putting others before herself. Such a great person and she will be missed dearly.