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In 2004 Bev sent these photos and said:
"These pictures are a potpourri of a lot of memories for me."
 
 
 
 
SOUTHEAST'S FIRST FOOTBALL QUEEN
 
"Being voted Football Queen was quite an honor and most exciting for me at the time. The newspaper coverage in the KC Star was rather flattering for a young gal.
 
 
 
 
Southeast Celebrates Season of Victories
 
More than 700 Southeast students, about half the student body, attended a football victory dance last night in the high school gymnasium.
 
A queen was crowned at the intermission in fitting surroundings.  She took her place on a throne and a glittering crown was placed on her pretty blond head by Cecil O. Patterson, football coach.  The queen was Miss Beverly Reynolds, 17 years old, 5839 Swope Park-way, a senior who is shown being crowned.  She is the daughter of Mrs. Mary Reynolds of the home.  Miss Reynolds, small, with honey-colored hair and blue eyes, wore a white taffeta evening dress.  She also wore a corsage given her by her escort, Roger Taylor, star back on the victorious Southeast team this season.
 
Attendants for the queen were Miss Carol Gain, 17, of 2209 East Seventy-second street; Miss Barbara Fuller, 17, 924 East Seventy-sixth street terrace, and Miss Diane Maple, 17, of 6626 South Benton. All are seniors.
 
The names of all four girls were suggested by players on the football team. The queen was selected by a vote of
students. There was one contrasting in the dance program.  Playing ― and playing  well ― for the Southeast function was "the Fording Five" a dance band directed by Ed Fording.  Composed of seven members from the rival Southwest high school.  The group bid lower that other orchestras and was awarded the job. -- (Kansas City Star photograph).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bev Remembers High School
 
I was a Ping Pong Champion at Southeast and enjoyed the challenge. I remember dating Jackie Davis and we would play ping pong downstairs at Teen Town while everyone else danced. I would always beat Jackie but he made me promise not to tell anyone when we came back upstairs to dance.
   
Secondly, I was really thrilled about being chosen as "Best Dancer" on our senior ballot. That was really something that made me happy. I loved to dance. (I am damned good, too!) Ha, ha!
   
 One thing people do not know about me (except the "guys" I beat) is that when I was in the 5th grade at Mark Twain Grade School, I won an athletic contest for the entire school as Best All-Around Athlete. The irony is, I beat out all the guys, including the 6th and 7th grade boys. To refresh your memory, they included Ronnie Comer, Ronnie Winningham, Ronnie Johnston, Johnny Keyes, Tom Brown, Joe Holt, Jim Lyle, etc. Isn’t that a hoot? I wonder if any of them will admit it today? Bet not! I can still beat them.
   
 
Bev also has some comments about some of our teachers who influenced her.  Be sure to check out the Faculty Pages.
 
 
 
 
 
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Chit Chat
A swell time was had by Nancy Tolen, Bev Reynolds, Lois Baker, Eleanor Powell and Cecelia Spann at a Hamburger party given by Rita Tinsley.
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   A swell formal dance at the Town House was enjoyed by Luann Mitchell and Bob Nelson, Shirley Scherrer and Jimmy Nye, Dar Stanley and Dick Shinkle, Bev Reynolds and Roger Taylor, and Betty Holt and Art Hutchinson
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   Boy, the "Sadie Hawkin's Dance" at Teen Town was a big success.  I saw the couples swaying to music of the juke box.  Just a few were:  Jo Fenton and Skip Snyder, Peggy Dorsey and Bob Jones, Nanette Preston and Clark Smith, Sandra Ruhl and Jim Colwell, Phyllis Graf and Randy Smithmier, and Roger Taylor and Bev Reynolds.
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All of these articles came from issues
of the Tower published our senior year.
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Coach Patterson Crowns
Southeast Football Queen
   Vivacious Beverly Reynolds, was the football queen at the victory dance in the Southeast gymnasium, November 21.  A beautiful, glittering crown was placed on Beverly's head by Coach Cecil Patterson.
   Beverly Reynolds wore a beautiful evening gown of white net and a corsage of red roses given to her by Roger Taylor, her escort for the evening.
   Beverly's attendants were three of her popular senior classmates. Carol Gain wore a light blue net formal and a yellow chrysanthemum, Barbara Fuller was wearing an orchid formal with a corsage of white carnations, and Dianne Maple wore a formal of red net with a corsage of white carnations.
   David Morton, president of the student council, on behalf of the student body, conveyed their thanks and presented a gift to Mr. McMillan, principal, for his assistance for the various special programs celebrating the all victorious football season of 1953.
   After the presentation of the gift to Mr. McMillan and crowning ceremony, Coach Patterson requested "the Fording Five" to play the "Tiger Rag." His explanation for the request was the teams toughest battle all season was against the Westport Tigers.  Coach Patterson then danced the first dance after the ceremony with the lovely queen, and in turn danced with each of her pretty attendants.
   Red and blue streamers brilliantly decorated the gym.  The throne on which Beverly sat when she was crowned was on the south side of the gym under spotlights.  Special lighting effects were set up in the gym balcony with a spotlight on a large turning ball with circles of mirror placed on it.
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The Years After High School
 
 
 
About the years since high school.
 
I worked at Sprint for 24 years and retired October 2002. I was a Senior Executive Assistant.
 
I remarried in 1988 to Preston Yonts. He was my landlord and owner of the duplex where my 3 daughters and I lived. I knew Preston since 1980. Preston is a retired home builder since 1993.
 
Today, I enjoy playing bridge and belong to 3 bridge groups. I have quite a video collection (over 300) and enjoy movies.
 
 
 
 
Bev and her mother - 1973
Daughter Kim - 1982
With daughter Kelliegh - 1982
1986 - Bev and Preston Yonts with Bev's daughter Kristy Taylor.
Bev - 2001
Bev, Roger Taylor and their girls 2002
 
At the 1979 Southeast Reunion
Bev - 1990
Kelleigh - 1977
Daughter Kristy - 2001
Bev celebrating her 60th Birthday at the office.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bev at the 2004 Reunion
 
Bev sitting with Bill Daily at the Southeast 50th Reunion
 
 
IMAGES of BEV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phase ONE - The Luncheon in Kansas City
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
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Bev with Pat (Corder) Valleau and Janet (Cooper) Wilson
Shirley (Scherrer) Nye and Bev at the Cinzetti Luncheon
 
 
 
The ROAST
 
Luann conspired with other classmates involved in organizing the reunion to turn the tables on Shannon.   He thought he was in charge of the 55th Reunion but they had a surprise for him at the kick-off luncheon!
 
Bev (Reynolds) Yonts had by far the best routine of the roast because there was enough truth in her comments to be funny.
 
She told everyone how talkative and long-winded Shannon is on the telephone.  She said she called Shannon to ask a question about the reunion.  Over an hour later after they both hung up -- she realized  he hadn't answered her question.
 
To prove her case she presented Shannon with a ten foot long roll of her long distance telephone changes.
 
 
 
 
Nan (Preston) Hutton, Sharon (Ducate) Bedinger, Shirley (Ducate) Hoffman and Bev
 
 
 
 
 
 
Phase TWO - In Branson, Missouri
The 55th Southeast Reunion - 2009
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Bev with Bob (RC) Wilson and Glenna (Ellis) Conlon
Bev with June (Givens) Butler, Luann (Mitchell) Nelson and her other classmates at one of the many shows we saw
Bev with Jim and Shirley (Scherrer) Nye and Donna (Hargis) Kissinger.
Bev talking with Lois (Garner) Hightower, and Sandy (Steele) Jones -- and listening.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 60th Southeast Reunion - 2014
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Bev Jones, Shirley (Ducate) Hoffman and Bev
Bev at the reunion dinner - sitting with Shirley (Ducate) Hoffman, Mary Lou (Alexander) and George Rowe
Mark Twin grade school friends
Tom Williams, Jim Lyle, Ramah (Edwards) Rembold, Shirley (Scherrer) Nye, Bev and Marty  Bruns
 
 
 
 
 
 
After the 60th Southeast Reunion
The Party in Branson - 2014
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When the 60th Reunion was in the planning stage, Luann Mitchell Nelson contacted several classmates and asked if they might be interested in having a party in Branson, Missouri after the "official" reunion.
 
Luann called it a Farewell Party as this might very well be the last opportunity we will have to see each other again. 
 
Nine classmates and seven spouses arrived in Branson on Sunday afternoon.  *
 
 
Mary (Hammond) Eberhardt, RC Wilson, Richard & Carolyn (Needels) Copeland Pat Wilson, Bev (Reynolds) Yonts, Norman Nester, Bev Jones, Tom & Judie (Jordan) Dolson Shannon Jones, Bob and Luann (Mitchell) Nelson
 
* Not in the picture - Clark Smith who had a car problem & Duane Eberhardt photographer *
 
Clark Smith, Norman Nester and Bev
Norman Nester, Bev and Bob (RC) Wilson
Bob Nelson, Pat and RC Wilson and Bev
 
 
 
The Branson party was called a Farewell Party.
No one knows what the future may hold for each of us.
 
At our age it is possible we will never see each other again.
 We hope that is not the case.  But you never know.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bev sometimes goes to weekly Southeast lunches
 
 
Bev, Tom Brown, Jim Lyle and Carolyn (Steward) Ready
 
 
 
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