Beverley Ann Druse, 83, Minot, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Beverley was born Oct. 7, 1930, in Hurley, S.D., to Leonard and Anna (Jorgensen) Jensen. She was reared on the family farm, and graduated from Hurley High School and from Southern State Teacher's College in Springfield, S.D., with a degree in elementary education. As a young adult she taught at rural schools in that area and in Worthington, Minn.
Beverley married Rod Druse on May 29, 1964, in Sioux Falls, S.D. They made their home on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of South Dakota where she was a teacher and he was a social worker. The family moved to Minot in 1974 where she was employed as an elementary school teacher at Jefferson and Washington Elementary schools. She retired in 1994 to help care for her grandchildren.
Beverley was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Minot, and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She was the recipient of several teaching awards and honors. She especially enjoyed gardening, bird watching, fishing, watching sports and being a grandma. She loved to travel, which included trips to Cuba, Hawaii and an Alaskan cruise. She also took her grandchildren on numerous trips throughout the U.S. and to Disney World.
Beverley's loving family includes: her husband of 50 years, Rod; children, Derek (Holly) Druse, of Thief River Falls, Minn., Damon (Mavis) Druse, of Minot, Danielle Druse, of Marble, Minn.; grandchildren, Megan and Devin Druse; sister, Marge Hanson, of Viborg, S.D.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Beverley was preceded in death by: her parents; sisters, Leona Graves, Arlene Taylor, Elva Moore and Vernice Overby; and brothers, Charles Jensen and Lyle Jensen.
A private family service will be held.
Interment will be in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, rural Mandan.
Public visitation: Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).