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Beverly Jean Durst

Beverly Jean Durst

On Saturday, February 10, 2018 Beverly Jean Durst, 88, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother went to her heavenly home. Beverly will be forever remembered by Edward, her husband and best friend of 68 years and her grateful daughters Diana (Jon) Gunderson, Paula (Kamil) Yasat, Alicia (Dave) Cornemann and Brenda Kay Durst. Beverly will live on through the lives of her 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 2:00pm Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Heritage Funeral Home.

Beverly Jean Lee was born on July 10, 1929 to Howard and Selma (Kruse) Lee. She had two brothers: Ross Lee and Robert Lee. She graduated from Mitchell High School in 1947 and South Dakota State University. Beverly married Edward Durst and they had four daughters.

Beverly made a career out of being a mom and a wife. Meals in her house were made from scratch and served with love. It wasn't unusual to be served breakfast in carnival glass dishes and grapefruit was served with powdered sugar and a maraschino cherry half.

Beverly conducted 24 hour home economics classes as she raised her daughters and shared her knowledge of meal preparation, sewing, and house keeping with them. She spent late nights sewing special occasion dresses for her children and each of their wedding dresses were hand made by their mom.

Her grandchildren fondly remember eating poached eggs on toast at grandma's counter followed by Jell-o with fruit. The Jell-o came full circle as her family in turn made it for her in her later years.

Stove popped popcorn was followed by a spirited popcorn dance, pink divinity was a Christmas staple and her girls were trendsetters, each fall in their back-to-school shoes.

In 1930, Beverly was selected as South Dakota's healthiest baby and she has the medal to prove it. She had a lively competitive spirit, was a skilled Bridge player and was the family arm wrestling champion. She rode her stationary bike around the world.

These words will be carried on by her family, "if you are going to do it, do it well" and "I love you 80 dollars." She made life a picnic.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and her great granddaughter Paige.