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.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Beverly Novotney, please visit Tribute Store