Our beloved mother, Beverly ‘Bev’ Yvonne O’Brien Miller passed away on Thursday January 4th, 2024.
Per Beverly's wishes, there will be a private family service held.
Born February 13, 1935 in Fargo, North Dakota as one of seven children to Esther O’Brien, her mother moved the family to a farm near Delamere, ND where Bev graduated high school. She married her high school sweetheart, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Halmrast on August 11, 1953 and they moved to San Antonio, TX where Jerry served in the Air Force. The family then moved to Valley City, ND where Jerry attended school, and finally settled in Bismarck in 1959, where they raised four daughters.
Professionally, Bev held several positions that included working for the telephone company, the American Legion, and the ND State Tax Department, where she made many cherished, life-long friends.
In 1988 she married Everett Miller and they took up travel and spending time with family, siblings and friends. Together they rarely missed any activity their 12 grandchildren were involved in, and more recently were so thrilled to be great grandparents to 7 great grandchildren.
Ev and Bev were members of Trinity Lutheran Church, and spent many years active in the church family that they loved. Bev always had a smile and greetings for everyone-she never met a stranger, everyone was her friend. She was also known for her great sense of humor and ability to laugh at herself. Her grandkids have many memories of Gramma Bev, including her famous brownies, there was always brownies, and her numerous Gramma Bev sayings, like “have a good”!
Bev is survived by her husband Everett Miller, her sister Leanora ‘Lee’ Norgren, Wisconsin, her son-in-law David Blair, three daughters Tamra Halmrast, Jeri Jill Monson (Jim), and Heidi Stein (Monte), and Ev’s children Julie Miller, Tom Miller (Sheila), and Tracey Miller (Joe); 12 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Melvin Halmrast, and her siblings Robert, Patricia, Dorothy, Richard and Nancy, her daughter Sandra Blair and her grandson Justin Blair. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Diabetes Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Association.
Bev’s family is forever grateful for the wonderful care and compassion from the Edgewood staff over the last couple of years of Bev’s life.