Remembering Beverly McLaughlin: A Life of Beauty, Accomplishment, and Family
Hayden Schmautz Obituary: Beverly McLaughlin, born Beverly Hansen in Sanders, Idaho on March 8, 1940, led a remarkable life filled with beauty, adventure, and an unbreakable devotion to family. From rodeo queen to business owner and mother of four, Beverly made her mark on the world through her talents, grit, and overflowing love.
Small Town Girl Finds Success
Growing up in rural Sanders, Beverly embraced small town life. She was a standout student at Plummer High School, where her blend of brains and beauty led to academic excellence and popularity among her peers. But Beverly was not just another pretty face. She distinguished herself with her impressive equestrian skills.
Beverly and her horse Shek dazzled crowds with their trick riding abilities at local rodeos. Her rodeo royalty status cemented her reputation as a gifted rider with nerves of steel. Beyond the rodeo arena, Beverly won numerous pageant titles, including being crowned Miss Regional thanks to her poise, charm, and undeniable good looks.
From Rodeo Queen to Dedicated Mother
Beverly’s life changed forever when she met Herb McLaughlin, the man who would become her devoted husband. Settling down and starting a family, Beverly poured her energy into raising their four children: Shelley, Tresa, Sue, and Mike.
As a mother, Beverly embraced every moment. She turned 4-H events, camping trips, and days at Honeysuckle Beach into treasured memories for her children. Her enthusiasm brought daily joy to family life. Winters meant coordinating ski trips to Schweitzer Mountain to share her passion for outdoor adventure.
The Cotton Club: Bringing People Together
Always ready to take on new challenges, Beverly and Herb opened the Cotton Club in Hayden, balancing parenthood with managing a lively local establishment. Beverly’s outgoing personality and gift for connecting with people made the Cotton Club a bustling venue for good times and community spirit.
The Cotton Club occupied Beverly’s nights, while raising four kids filled her days. From 4-H to camping to ski trips, she immersed herself in giving her children memories to cherish. Even as she juggled the many demands on her time, family remained Beverly’s top priority.
The Fun Grandma’s Legacy
Beverly’s grandchildren remember her as the “Fun Grandma” for her playful, adventurous spirit. She brought boundless energy and enthusiasm to tubing, swimming, dancing, and every activity she undertook with her beloved grandkids. Her warm, lively presence lit up the room.
Most of all, Beverly offered unconditional love and support to all her knew her. She kept the secrets and dreams her grandchildren shared close to her heart, building an unbreakable bond of trust. Though the details remained private, the spirit of fun and understanding remained crystal clear.
Honoring a Life Fully Lived
Beverly McLaughlin passed away at age 83, but her lust for life and generous spirit endure in the memories of all she touched. While her rodeo queen days and pageant success revealed her talent and beauty, her lasting legacy is one of family bonds nurtured with care, laughter, and joy.
Let us honor Beverly by embracing life as fully as she did – with an open heart, a readiness for adventure, and most importantly, an abundance of love to share. Through her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Beverly McLaughlin’s memory will never fade.