Beverly Ann Wallace

Age 89, of Grand Blanc, Michigan passed away on June 17, 2022, at her home. To honor her wishes, cremation has taken place, with a Celebration of Life to be held from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm, on July 12, 2022, at Detroit Cremation Society, 8253 S. Saginaw St. Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439, with a burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery to follow. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family on Beverly’s Tribute Wall at

Beverly Ann Wallace was born on August 4, 1932, in Durand, Michigan, the daughter of Merritt and Helen (Cowden) Dean. She grew up in Durand, and then attended Michigan State University, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in English. She taught those subjects at the high school level for over thirty years, first for the Kearsley and then the Bentley school districts. Later in her career she added a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Michigan, and subsequently was the librarian for the Gaines, Michigan branch of the Genesee District Library system, working out of converted train depot. She finally retired from there at age seventy-eight. Beverly loved to travel, especially with her husband, and had worked for a time on the S.S. South America, a cruise ship on the Great Lakes. She was involved with a number of charitable organizations, such as the Red Cross (where she taught first aid classes), several hospitals, and children’s welfare groups. She was a consummate organizer, and was president of her teacher’s union for a time, as well as providing support for political candidates. She also helped run numerous social groups, such as the Does of the Elks, the Red Hat Society, and class reunions. She managed to accomplish all this while also providing amazing care to a handicapped child.

She is survived by her two sons: Dann E. DeRoche, and Dean F. DeRoche.

Beverly was preceded in death by her loving husband Robert Gene Wallace, and daughter Rene Ann DeRoche.


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