|Death: ||Dec. 5, 2007|
Victim in the Nebraska Mall shooting.
Beverly Flynn's trademark as a real estate agent was planting a rose bush in the yard of each new homeowner.
But Flynn, one of eight people killed by a gunman Wednesday at Von Maur department store, also was known for her deep devotion to her husband and three daughters, said her co-workers at NP Dodge.
"Her kids were like her everything," said Gena Schriver, a real estate agent who worked on the same team with Flynn.
Flynn, 47, had taken a part-time job at Von Maur wrapping gifts because she loved Christmas, Von Maur and being active — and having money to spend on her children, Schriver said. Flynn was supposed to be off work at 2 p.m. Wednesday, she said.
The sad thing, Schriver said, is that "10 more minutes, and she would have been out of there."
Flynn had worked as a real estate agent for NP Dodge since 2006 and had just moved several months ago from the company's office at 8701 West Dodge Road to its office at 16909 Lakeside Hills Plaza, said Derek Faulkner, managing broker for the West Dodge office.
"She was here seven or eight months before she transferred and just got to be everybody's friend in that short period," Faulkner said.
Her slogan on her business card referred to her frequent gift of rose bushes: "Just sit back and smell the roses while Beverly Flynn takes care of your every need."
"She was just a very fun person, kind of always had that smart-aleck side to her," Faulkner said. "A very nice person. Very loving mom."
Faulkner said Flynn spoke fondly of her husband, Pat, and the couple's weekend escapes to Colorado, where they own property.
While Faulkner said he didn't see her much with her two older daughters — Bobbi, who is in her mid-20s, and Samantha, who is in her teens — he noticed her interaction with the youngest, Gretchen. Samantha attends Millard's Central Middle School. Gretchen is a student at Millard's Sandoz Elementary.
"She would bring the little one with her, and you could tell how close those two were," Faulkner said.
Flynn shared the same motherly bond with all three girls, Schriver said. "They just had a very neat relationship."
Flynn was born in the Florence area of Omaha, Schriver said.
Her family could not be reached today.
Flynn's NP Dodge co-workers were calling each other this morning.
"This is an event of enormous sadness for all of us," said Sandy Dodge, president of NP Dodge.
Dodge arranged for grief counselors at both offices, and the company established a memorial fund in Flynn's name.
"She was the kind of person who really cared about her clients," Dodge said.
Schriver said she became worried when she was unable to reach Flynn on her cell phone after she learned of the shooting. She said she knew in her heart that something was wrong.
"She would have fought tooth and nail to let them let her call her family," Schriver said. "She would not have let us worry."
Schriver said it sounded like Flynn was fighting for her life when paramedics arrived — another characteristic of her devotion to family.
"She would have been fighting for her babies," said Schriver, her voice breaking.
Checks made out to the Beverly Flynn Fund may be addressed in care of N.P. Dodge Jr., NP Dodge Co., 8701 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68114.
By Christine Laue of the Omaha World-Herald
Beverly J. Flynn , age 47 years, Omaha. Survived by husband, Patrick F. Flynn; children, Bobbi Jolene Flynn, Samantha Rose Flynn and Gretchen Amanda Flynn; other relatives and many friends.
Visitation Monday, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Glad Tidings Church, 7415 Hickory Street, with a Time of Sharing at 7:00 p.m. Services Tuesday, 11:00 a.m., Glad Tidings Church. Entombment, Resurrection Mausoleum.
My deep thanks to Edda Meinikat for sponsoring Beverly Flynn's memorial.
Created by: Denny Jackson
Record added: Dec 06, 2007
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