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Crystal Beard

November 11, 1971 — February 26, 2024


Crystal “Kris” Beard, 52, went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ, while being held by her loving husband and two precious daughters.

A Celebration of Life will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, March 9, 2024 at First Lutheran Church, 800 N 7th St, Bismarck, ND. To view the service livestream please click this link:

Family will greet guests and would love to hear memories starting at 9:30 AM on Saturday at the church. 

Kris was born to Arthur and Carol Neer on November 11, 1971 in Bismarck, ND.

Kris married Marty Beard on May 17, 1991, and started her transformation from city girl to country bumpkin. She went on to raise and nurture their two daughters that she loved dearly.

Kris worked for Aetna Healthcare for 26 years, and spent the rest of her time doing what she loved; bringing family and friends to Jesus, spoiling (in a good way) her most cherished grandson Augustus, tending to her beautiful lily garden, taking crocheting to the “next level”, studying the Bible, hauling her two daughters across the country to team ropings in worn out pickup trucks, mentoring her nieces and nephews, educating her sons-in-law on how to deal with her headstrong daughters, and guiding her hillbilly husband through their many adventures in life, which included anything from riding horses that bucked to raising a pet coyote.

Kris was loved dearly and will be deeply missed by her family and many loving friends.

Her faith in Jesus never wavered and was evident by her love and grace towards others, and her joy of sharing the words of Jesus. She is in Heaven caring for her twin babies, growing flowers for her Savior, building a roping arena and picking out a fresh set of cattle for her girls, and hunting Marty’s past hounds. We know Gus and her future grandbabies have the best, most protective guardian Angel in Heaven.

She is survived by her husband Marty, two daughters Saje (Logan), Mardi Jo (Garrett), grandson Augustus (Saje & Logan), Father Arthur, Mother-in-law Sharon, Brothers Alan (Lori), Tory (Rachel), Dan, Brother-in-laws Bill (Treva), Monte (Angie), Casey (Ashley) and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Kris was preceded in death by her twin babies, her mother, Carol Neer, father-in-law, Dean Beard and her grandparents.

The family would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the close friends that were there for Kris as she battled a rare form of brain cancer and made her transition to Heaven. Thank you, Shannon Barth, Kate Zainhofsky, Treva Beard, Steph Weisz, Andi Thon, Kirsten McIntyre and Jerilyn MacDonald.

The family would like to give recognition to and the protocol that Jesus led us to which gave us more quality time than any of the doctors said she would have.

Kris’s final wishes would be to urge others to make sure their children, and grandchildren know Jesus and his everlasting love.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Crystal Beard, please visit our flower store.
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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, March 9, 2024

11:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)


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