Beulah (Ryan) Knarr-Kurtz was born on January 8, 1940 to Wesley and Eloise (Morrison) Ryan in Orchard, Iowa. She preferred to be called Bea.
Bea attended school in Osage, Iowa, where she met and married Donald Wayne Nordyke. To this union five children were born. They divorced. She married Don Ward of Michigan. To this union one child was born. They divorced. In 1982, she met and married John Knarr-Kurtz. They were married for eighteen years until his death in 2000.
Bea is survived by her six children, Wayne “Gus” Nordyke of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Don (Lisa) Nordyke of Perry Iowa, Carolyn Nordyke of Battle Creek, Michigan, Connie (Dave) Hantz of Freemont Indiana, Cathy Nordyke, Grand Haven, Michigan, and Chris (Betsy) Ward of Decatur, Indiana. Grandchildren Corey Kimberley, Gary Nordyke, Katlyn Nordyke, Kendra Hantz, Alexis Ward, Sophie Ward, Addison Ward. Siblings, Wayne (Marj) Ryan, Delmer (Mary Sue) Ryan, Janet (Kenny) Putnam, Joyce Badker, Don Ryan and Ron Ryan.
Bea is preceded in death by her parents, a sister Sharon Badker, her husband John Knarr-Kurtz and a daughter-in-law Patty Nordyke.
Bea loved to shop. She was always on the lookout for a “good deal”. She loved garage sales, and shopping at consignment stores.
Bea and John lived in Michigan, then moved to Hopkinsville, Kentucky for a few years. They returned to Michigan where Bea did a lot of volunteer work at Burnham Brook in Battle Creek, Michigan. After John retired, they made their home in Grand Haven, Michigan. After John’s death in 2000, she sold her home in Grand Haven and moved to Arizona. She resided in Prescott Valley, then Gilbert Arizona until she moved to assisted living. In 2017, she moved back to Battle Creek, MI, to be closer to her family.