Beverly Jo Kreie, 60, died May 20, 2018, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was born Jan. 28, 1958, to Jack Conrad Kreie and Mary Jo Newlin Kreie in Torrington, Wyoming. When she was still an infant, her family moved to Northwest Arkansas where she grew up. After she graduated from Fayetteville High School, she studied under European-trained chefs and became the head chef at a popular restaurant in Little Rock for over 12 years.
In 2002, she moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to join her sister and then her parents, who later retired in Las Cruces. Beverly worked for several years as a chef in local restaurants and also did some private catering.
Family and friends always enjoyed her delicious food, including her creative take on lasagna, such as creamy mushroom lasagna and New Mexico-inspired green chilé chicken lasagna. She also had been an avid tennis player since her high school days. In Las Cruces, she played competitive tennis with a 4.0 league for several years.
She was survived by her sister Deborah Jean Camacho of Springfield, Tennessee; sister Jennifer Kreie of Las Cruces, New Mexico; her sister-in-law Necole Krueger Kreie; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Wade Clinton Kreie of Little Rock, Arkansas. Her father, Jack Kreie, taught chemistry at Fayetteville High School for 29 years.
She was cremated and her remains were to be returned to Arkansas for burial alongside her parents and other family members. No local services are planned.