Beryl Lucille (Berry) Colver

Beryl Lucille (Berry) Colver, 87, was born Jan. 3, 1930, in Lewistown, and passed peacefully Feb. 21, 2017, surrounded by her family. 

She lived a life full of laughter, hard work, service to her community and time spent with family and friends. She said confidently, in the days before her passing, “I’ve had a long happy life, what else could I ask for?” Beryl had a strong faith and to the admiration of her family declared she had no fear about what was to come, rather anticipation to reunite with family and friends in Heaven.

Beryl was one of six children born to Lawrence and Frances Berry, and spent her childhood in the Cottonwood Creek area. She attended high school at Fergus High School, where she met the love of her life, Fred D. Colver. Fred and Beryl married on Nov. 15, 1948, and moved to the Colver Ranch in 1950 where she and Fred made their home for nearly 50 years. 

Fred and Beryl raised their three children Barb, Nancy and Fred on the ranch. Fred and Beryl loved to share the memories of their days as young ranchers, and the help they received from their community as they worked tirelessly and learned from the mistakes they made along the way. The young couple loved nights dancing in the community halls around Central Montana, and Beryl often spoke of her fun times with the Women’s Club and other social groups in the Brooks Community.

Beryl worked at Country Junction in Lewistown for nearly thirty years, where she is fondly remembered by many people in the community for her smile, soft laughter and impeccable gift wrapping. She was a fixture at the store, and loved her time visiting with shoppers and helping them find the perfect gift. She retired from her three part-time jobs at the age of 84 and missed her customers greatly.

Perhaps most cherished by Beryl was time spent with her loved ones. To the excitement of their family, Fred and Beryl relocated in their later years to a home in town where their kids, grandkids and friends dropped in almost daily. To Beryl’s delight, her house became a pit stop between activities, the perfect lunch counter for grandkids, and a central gathering place for birthday parties, holidays and football games. She was lovingly referred to as Grandma Beryl by many more than her own grandchildren. It was nearly impossible to leave her blue couch or a stool at her counter without feeling like you had absorbed some of her endless positivity and her bright outlook on life. Beryl proudly declared she was able to attend and dance at the weddings of her grandchildren and meet eight great-grandchildren that she adored.

In her spare time, Beryl cheered for the Fergus Eagles, the Mariners and the Seahawks and was an avid NASCAR fan. She rarely missed a sporting event of her grandchildren and wanted every player to come out a winner. She enjoyed reading, working puzzles and playing cards, especially with her Bridge and Pinochle Clubs. Beryl cherished her faith and found great strength in the presence of the Lord in her daily life, and leaned heavily on prayer. She attended Sunday services at First Presbyterian Church and could often be heard humming hymns. Her family will miss her perfect cookies and delicious rolls that she made for every family dinner. She always enjoyed helping and cooking for her kids and their families each spring as they branded or in the fall for working cows. 

Beryl is survived by her sister, Doreen “Duffy” Robinson; her brother-in-law, Glen Knox of Lewistown; her children, Barb (Dave) Moe of Bozeman, Nancy (Don) Jenni and Fred (Leslie) Colver of Lewistown; her grandchildren, Laurie (Matt) Edwards of Bozeman, Thad (Angie) Jenni and Scott (Kate) Jenni of Lewistown, Mike Jenni of Great Falls, Riley (Emily) Colver of Lewistown, Jamie (Carson) Sweeney of Havre, and Courtney (Johnny) Kaiser of Livingston. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, including her niece Colleen “Sis” Bibeau, with whom she shared a special bond.

Beryl is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred D. Colver; her parents, Lawrence and Frances Berry; her sisters, Marcella (Verne) McWilliams, Ellen “Snook” (Paul) Cresap, Barbara (Glen) Knox; her brother, Wesley Berry; and her grandson, Devin Moe. 

Beryl’s family wishes to thank the staff at the CMMC Hospice House for their unwavering strength, dedication and compassion shown to Beryl and our family throughout Beryl’s final days with us.

Funeral services will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Lewistown at 1 p.m. with burial following at Central Montana Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow in the church basement. Arrangements are with Creel Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to the CMMC Hospice House or the charity of your choice. Beryl’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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