Beverly Wilcox Collins

Profile Updated: July 2, 2015
Beverly Wilcox
Residing In: Colorado Springs, CO USA
Spouse/Partner: Dennis Collins
Homepage: View Website
Occupation: Retired from R&D
Children: Tim, Springfield VA, born 1965
Brad, Milan MI, born 1968
Beth, Colorado Springs CO, born 1970
Yes! Attending Reunion

My husband and I moved to Colorado Springs where my daughter lives - I am her back yard neighbor, so it has location, location, location. The house came on the market as a pre-foreclosure and had been occupied by drug users/dealers. Everything had to be painted with oil base Kilz to get rid of the stains and odors (45 gallons Kilz). It's great living next to my daughter and 4 grandchildren, and a great view of the mountains out the window. We live on Cheyenne Mountain, 6 blocks from NORAD.

I volunteered to make the class website and it's been fun reconnecting with everyone. Thanks to JoAnn Butcher for also being an admin with me: "Our class has entered the technical age!!"

I have loved reading about your families, work, hobbies, and play the past 7 decades and receiving your emails about reconnecting with high school friends! What an amazing bunch we are - the things we've done and accomplished, the experiences we've had, our triumphs as well as tragedies we've come through, the beautiful children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren we have. As I uploaded the individual senior pictures, I kept thinking, "Everyone is so good looking!"

So what have I been up to the last 70 years? Greatest accomplishment - 3 great kids and 8 grandchildren I love dearly, and 3 great spouses of my kids. I worked in the crazy pizza business for Tom Monaghan/Domino's Pizza and wrote a how-to eBook for making pizzeria style (NY) pizza at home: "Secrets From Inside the Pizzeria." Several classmate friends have become proficient pizzamakers - JoAnn Butcher, Marcia Ziel, Bev Post, Peggy Buchwald to name a few.

The pizza book has led to meeting wonderful and interesting people like "Famous Dave," founder of the BBQ restaurant chain, who I worked with to put together his BBQ ribs DVD and eBook for the ribs that won him title of "Best Ribs in America" at the Kansas City Royal; David Kay, an Executive Producer for the "The Late Show," who said, "If you're ever in NY, I invite you to be my special guests" (we took him up on the offer and were in the special guest audience one night); Lee Butler-Saussy who read the pizza book and opened up a very successful pizza restaurant in Thomasville GA; Sal Cenicola who owns Sal's Neighborhood Pizzeria (the best Italian food ever) on Saint Simon's Island - he was a former boxer and well known in boxing history, especially with his new Guinness Book of World Record's entry as the longest come-back boxer - after a 25 year hiatus.

My daughter writes a Disney World guide on how do do Disney on a budget. I'm her editor, so we make one or two trips to Disney World every year for research and pixie dust. In Fall 2014 my daughter, daughter-in-law and I took in the Epcot Food & Wine Festival and ate at at our favorite Disney World restaurants like the Polynesian and Teppan Edo.

If I had all the money and time in the world, I'd love to travel, and had a lot of opportunity to do that while I worked in the International Division for Domino's Pizza - great places like Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Spain, Italy, British Isles.

Also, I worked a few years in R&D for a small meat company in Iowa creating delicious entrees for restaurants ... I always did love to cook. And I was a Boston Market manager too, where I got the bug to have a restaurant out of my system.

I was caretaker many years for my mother, who lived to 99 1/2, and my father, who reached 97. I was active in our Marshalltown Noon Lions club, D.A.R., and the Iowa Barbeque Society...but now that I've moved to Colorado, my life is about painting, repair, decorating, and family.

School Story:

It was GY night and after the meeting we played a game -- name that song. Two girls would be picked to name the popular song put on the record player. Each girl was placed at opposite ends of the room and as soon as you thought you knew the song, you ran up front and gave your answer. I hoped I wouldn’t get picked. All the other pairs of girls raced to the front after 2 or 3 bars of the song were played. But then, Ann McGregor and I were picked. As they played song after song, we sat there without a clue, until one song…we both rushed up and didn’t have the name of the song right. We were much cause for laughter – that we knew not a one. Ann and I became good friends the rest of high school and have remained life-long friends. She and husband Wally came to visit in 2014.

A 50th reunion story: I was seeing Jan Harvey (Thake) for the first time in 50 years and recognized her instantly. "You look WUNderful!" I told her. She touched at her face and mumbled, "I didn't know if the Botox had taken effect yet." Thankfully, she didn't have a camera to record the stunned look on my face before I recovered and started laughing. It was a Kodak (or Botox) moment.

What are your hobbies?

Cooking - family favorites are pizza, smoked meats, cinnamon rolls, tacos, rolled up pancakes, apple pie, chocolate chip cookies.

Home remodeling - remodeled our kitchen with new cabinets and wood-look tile.

If you have grandchildren, what are their names and ages?

Patrick 26
Tom 21
Ryan 17
Christopher 15
Andrew 13
Haley 10
Brad 8
Colton 7

What's been happening in your life since our 50th class reunion?

We moved from the Iowa farm where I grew up to Colorado Springs in 2014. My next door neighbor is my daughter, and we enjoy hanging out - which usually means working on her son's or father-in-law's house or one of our houses, or going out to lunch. In 2012 we did a 10,000 mile vacation starting with Yellowstone, then Mt. Rushmore, Mall of America, my sister's house in Northwood IA, Famous Dave's resort in Wisconsin, Texas in-laws, Lee's Moonpies in GA, Sal's Neighborhood Pizzeria on St. Simon's Island, Disney World, Disney cruise on Disney Dream, and back home from Florida.

Most of our trips last a month or less. Our 2015 vacation included a visit to cousin Chuck Nelson and his great family in Atlanta.

What is going on in your life since our 55th class reunion in 2013?

We've discovered cruises. Last year was on the Disney Magic and the year before Carnival Triumph to the Caribbean. In 2014 we did the "Love Boat" cruise to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerta Vallarta. In 2015 we did a cruise out of Galveston to the Caribbean and I crossed zip-lining off my bucket list.

If you have great grandchildren, what are their names and ages?

None yet, but my husband has two great grandchildren.

Who were your favorite teachers?

Miss Knoll, Dave Fagle

What did you think you would do when you finished high school and what did you actually do?

I thought I would be a secretary, and I had taken 2 years of typing and shorthand. By the time I finished high school, I didn't want to be a secretary. I went to college and got a teaching degree and taught for 3 1/2 years in public school. I taught adult education for many years, then went to work for Domino's Pizza corporate offices as the first food research quality assurance/research and development person (they were 250 stores big at the time). My last position there was International Development.

What would we be surprised to know about you?

I can lay tile and install electrical outlets.

Do you still see, write, keep in contact with classmates? If so, who?

Ann McGregor, JoAnn Ritland Butcher, Peggy Brainerd Buchwald, Pat Barker, Gene Long, Chuck Nelson, Joan Robertson Ballard, Jane Lynch, Jan Harvey Thake, Margaret Allen Glass, Bob Hayes, Allan Rudison, and a few more less often.

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Happy birthday Kay.

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Wishing you a happy birthday Gene.

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Happy birthday from your classmate Bev

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