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Beverly Jean Orr-Nicholson

Beverly Jean Orr-Nicholson, 62, of Nespelem, Washington, passed away in Grand Coulee, Washington, Wednesday evening, January 8, 2020. Beverly was born on Saturday, August 10, 1957, in Spokane, Washington into the home of Jimmy and Marlene Wynne-Orr. Beverly attended Lake Roosevelt High School in Coulee Dam, Washington and to say that she was an active student there would be an understatement…she was a cheerleader, member of the drill team, Indian Club, volleyball team and basketball team to name a few of her activities before graduating in 1975. She also studied at Eastern Washington University and served as a Probate Specialist at BIA Realty/Probate for 18 years. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Beverly Jean Orr married D. Dexter Nicholson in Nespelem, Washington. Beverly enjoyed listening to music, especially old time Rock & Roll including Elvis Presley and Country. She also loved going to Coulee Dam Casino, where in April of 2019 she won a classic bright yellow Dodge Challenger; but Bev’s greatest love was time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, “She was a great Grandma!”

Predeceased by both of her parents and her step-dad: Miles “Bud” Peone, Beverly’s legacy lives on through her husband and life partner, Dexter Nicholson; children: Melissa Louie, Cassandra Waters (Austin Rosenbaum) and Angel Pakootas; grandchildren: Konner Mathias, Jalisa Harris, Jace Armstrong and Silver Armstrong; sisters: Cheryl Orr (Vern Ford) and Marnito Parr (Sam); her best friend: J.P. Pakootas as well as numerous nephews and nieces.

Beverly’s dressing took place at 2 p.m., Friday, January 10, 2020, at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, Washington. Her memorial service took place on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the long house in Nespelem.

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is assisting the family with services.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for Beverly’s family.


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