Beverly Novotney

Obituary of Beverly Novotney


Beverly Ann Novotney

Born Beverly Ann Trafton on November 13, 1935 in Sioux City, Iowa to Walter and

Cecilia Trafton. The Trafton family moved frequently during the Great Depression in

search of work, finally settling down in Canyon City, Oregon.

Beverly graduated from Grant Union High School in John Day, Oregon in 1953. Beverly

married Gary Novotney, the love of her life, in 1955 and began their life together in

Seneca, Oregon. She worked at the Seneca Café during the early part of her marriage.

Beverly had her first child, Kraig, in 1958 and Chris in 1959. In 1962 the family moved

to Ontario, Oregon when Gary joined the Oregon State Police. In 1962 Beverly had

baby Jody who passed away shortly after birth and in 1963 Beverly had her third child,


The Novotney Family lived in Seneca, Ontario, Arlington and Burns. After Gary retired

from the Oregon State Police, they returned to Ontario where Beverly opened Bev’s

Antiques, buying and selling antiques. Beverly officially retired when Gary was

diagnosed with cancer so she could stay home and take care of him. Gary passed

away in 1997. Beverly continued the Novotney tradition of large Christmas and

Thanksgiving dinners where everyone was welcome. She would say “we can always

add another cup of water to the soup.”

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Cecelia; her husband Gary;

her oldest son Kraig; baby Jody; her siblings Mary, Leonard, Dorothy and Lois. Beverly

is survived by her son Chris and wife Rita; her son Dave and her sister Kathryn.

Beverly has a grand daughter, Christina, and great grandchildren, Natalie and Jade.

Beverly passed away peacefully at home after a long, courageous battle with illness on

November 11, 2021.

Arrangements by Lienkaemper Chapel. Services will be held Thursday November 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Ontario

Lienkaemper Chapel. Interment Sunset Cemetery.

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