Beverly Abner


Beverly Pfaffenberger Abner, 87, of Indianapolis and formerly of Seymour and Elwood, Indiana and Lake Worth, Florida , passed away on Friday, November 4, 2017 in Indianapolis.

A Celebration of her Life will be Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11am at the First United Methodist Church in Elwood, Indiana with Reverend William Mathys and Reverend Tom Douthit officiating. Visitation will begin at 10am at the church.

Beverly was born and raised in Seymour, Indiana to G William and Gaynell Pfaffenberger on May 2, 1930.

She is a graduate of Seymour High School and the Bethesda School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She married Linton D. Abner, OD on May 6, 1956.

Beverly always knew she wanted to be a nurse and worked as a Registered Nurse for over 50 years. She started her nursing career at the Jackson County Schneck Memorial Hospital in the maternity/OB unit, working in the Indiana University Student Health Center in Bloomington and at Mercy Hospital in Elwood in the maternity/OB unit.

She was with the Visiting Nurse Association of North Central Indiana in Elwood for over 30 years, culminating her career as the Executive Director until her retirement in 1993. Beverly also worked for the Riverview Hospital Home Health Care after her retirement from the VNA of NCI as an RN doing what she loved best, caring for her elderly patients.

Beverly grew the VNA of NCI from a volunteer organization to a several county home health agency with over 100 employees. In 1992, Beverly was awarded the Norah J. McFarland award for Leadership, Integrity, Community Service, Sensitivity to Clients Needs, Action of the Behalf of Home Care, Interaction with Providers and Statesmanship from the Indiana Association of Home Health Agencies. She was also selected as the Elwood, Indiana Citizen of the Year in the 1990’s. Beverly also lead the Elwood Meals on Wheels program and advocated for home bound patients her entire career. She was an active member of Delta Theta Tau and the ABWA, was a volunteer at the Tipton (IN) County Hospital and Wellington, Florida hospital for many years.

Beverly is preceded in death by her husband, Linton D Abner, her parents, G William and Gaynell Pfaffenberger, one sister, Norma Pfaffenberger Douthit, two brothers, George Pfaffenberger, Jr. and Richard Pfaffenberger, her nephew, Doug Douthit, and close friends Jack and Waunita Wright.

Beverly is survived by her daughters, Babette (Steve) Harpster, Elisa (Tim) Taschwer, her beloved grandson, Jack (Diana Greathouse) Harpster, close family friend, Mary Kinney and many very special nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to the Bridgepoint Baptist Church at PO Box 10938, Houston, Texas, 77206 that was affected by Hurricane Harvey. This is the church of Pastor Tom Douthit, Beverly’s nephew. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the staff at Kindred Hospice and Westminster Village North.

Arrangements: Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care.