Beverly Louise (Justin) Miller, 92, born in Milwaukee, July 14, 1926, to Vivian and Walter Justin, passed away Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in her home among family, in La Crosse, after her final battle with cancer.
Preceded in death by her husband, Cornelius Miller; married Aug. 18, 1945, until his passing in 1980, she never remarried after losing her soul mate. She passed away on the anniversary of his death, reassuring the family that she is going to be reunited with him. She filled the void left by her husband by finding work, volunteering at Mayo Clinic Health System for over 25 years, volunteering for Meals on Wheels, working in security at the La Crosse Center until the age of 91, and dedicating an extraordinary amount of time to her family.
Amazing is the word most often used to describe this irreplaceable and cherished woman. Beverly seemed to be everywhere in the lives of her loved ones; a role model, an inspiration and a gift to all those who knew her. When she wasn’t playing dominos, cards and taking care of us, she also looked after our four legged loved ones when we were gone. She showed everyone that even after battling several cancer diagnoses and getting older you need not lose your appreciation and enthusiasm for living life to its fullest. Bev seemed to have an endless zest for life, she loved rollercoasters, played volleyball, went parasailing, enjoyed kayaking and trips, until injuries and operations slowly took these away in her last years until she passed. For those who miss her and seek some time to feel close to her, you can always go to her favorite spot, anywhere by a river or lake, where you can experience the same peace Bev often sought, away from her active life.
Bev’s greatest pleasure which defined her life, came from being an indispensable and an important part in devoting time to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rarely critical or negative, her special gift came from making everyone she talked to feel important and special. She would light up with joy when anyone shared their accomplishment, even if it was just a scribble made on a scrap of paper handed to her by a grandchild. She led by example, there was a subtle and quiet wisdom in her as she taught us about humanity by giving others her attention and listening to what others had to say. Rather than giving advice, she used something much more valuable, she gave us kind words to inspire us to be better people.
Bev is survived by her siblings, Patrice (Harlan) Meyer and Curt (Edith “Muff”) Justin; children, Candice Brieske (Gary Webb), Jeffrey (Sue) Miller, Kathy Miller and Thomas (Lisa) Miller; grandchildren, Eric (Amy)Brieske, Kristine Verde Murphy, Brian Brieske and Sara (Steve) Roemen, Heather (Scott) Price and Alivia and Leah Miller; great-grandchildren, Symonne Burkart, Victoria “Tori” Price, McKenna and Avery Brieske, Diego Murphy, Caleb, Madelynn and Vivian Roemen; and many, cousins, nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at English Lutheran Church, La Crosse. Pastor Becky Goche will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church Cemetery, Barre Mills. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.
Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.
The family wishes to extend a thank you to Dr. Lori Devine, Dr. Bingol, as well as the Hospice Team at Mayo Clinic Health System, for their loving care over the past few weeks; especially nurses, Terri and Michelle and Chaplains, Kristin and Kathleen. The family also wishes to thank Jordan, Jake and the entire staff of Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory for their assistance in planning the service for our mother.