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Beverly "Bev" A. (Freese) Morgan was born April 23, 1940, in Buffalo, Wyoming, at her grandmother's home to loving Christian parents, Myrle Irene Gillespey and William Merrill Freese of Story, WY. Her maternal grandmother, Vie Anna Montgomery, was a mid-wife and delivered her. Beverly died January 26, 2023, in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Melinda and Dan Boyce, in Inman, SC.
Bev grew up in Story, Wyoming, and loved to sing. She was an alto in the highest chorus in high school and harmonized until she died! Bev was outgoing all her life and enjoyed ice skating, riding horses, and was a caller for local square dances. Bev graduated from Sheridan High School and Montana Institute of the Bible. She married her childhood sweetheart, Marshall Jerome Morgan, on July 23, 1960, in Story, WY, at Story Chapel. They only had a few clothes and five dollars in their pocket when they married. She was driven to her wedding in the family car - a black hearse.
After marrying Marshall, they lived in eastern Virginia for two years when her husband was drafted in the army. Following Marshall's service in the army, they lived for most of their lives on a parcel of the Morgan family ranch south of Gillette, WY. Her husband made this land into the "Morgan Trailer Court."
Marshall and Beverly had four children - Mark, Merrillene, Michelle, and Melinda. They "adopted" numerous friends as family; most recently; Maria Huang, and Denise Sweat.
Bev modeled the Proverbs 31 woman. She was a housewife and babysat numerous children. She was a cook, hotel worker, secretary, and IGA baker in Gillette, WY. She performed all aspects of care for her paralyzed mother-in-law and helped take care of her own mother, Myrle. She was there for her sister's (Pat) family after her tragic death and afterward was an outspoken advocate and then President of the local MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) organization in Gillette. Bev and Marshall moved to Wright, WY, where she was employed at Wright High School as a cafeteria worker, and then to Buffalo, WY, and Glenrock, WY.
She and her husband lived 2 ½ years with their daughter in Sidney, NE, to help care for their two grandchildren. They also lived in Torrington, WY., Morrill, NE, and Inman, SC.
Bev loved her grandchildren and had "sleep-overs" with little tents, and sleeping bags for extended stretches of time. She loved baking, playing, and singing and reading with them. Bev enjoyed sewing, knitting and made each grandchild a crocheted, original blanket. She loved her family and friends and showed it by sending homemade goodies, calling, writing letters, sending cards, visiting, and spending time with them. She enjoyed tracing her family's genealogy with other family members and helped create binders of family history for all to enjoy. Bev was always ready for an adventure! She made notable trips to the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Hawaii and the Bahamas.
She developed dementia and Parkinson's disease in her later years and had to move to South Carolina to be near her daughter Melinda for care. Despite these diseases, Bev continued to have a sense of humor and enjoyed making others laugh. She remained faithful and loyal to her Lord and Savior and to her husband Marshall until her last breath.
Her laugh, love, hugs, listening ear, support and encouragement will be sadly missed.
Bev was the last surviving child in her family. Proceeding her in death were: her husband, Marshall; parents, Myrle and (William) Merrill; and, siblings - Shirley, (Velma) Gene, (Roberta) Irene, Patricia, her stillborn Baby sister, William, Robert, and Gordon. Family members who remain are: Denise Sweat, Maria Huang; and, her four children and their children and families: Mark and Jenny Morgan - their children Joslyn (Sabine) and husband Jude Samuels, and Jazymn Morgan; Merrillene Wood and her husband, Francisco Carrasco - her children Trevor and Brienna Wood, and step-son Nemi Carrasco; Cary and Michelle Nelson - their children and families: Decklyn and Amy Nelson and Casey, Charlotte, and Cohen; Anna and Ty Wilson; and, Whitney Nelson; and, Melinda and Dan Boyce: Step- grandchildren Hannah, Jennifer, and Joshua, and 9 step-great grandchildren. Together Marshall and Bev had 80 plus nieces and nephews that she loved very much.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at Gillette Memorial Chapel with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, Wyoming with Pastor Cary Nelson officiating. Gillette, Wyoming. A memorial service to be announced for early July time frame. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
2:00 - 3:00pm (Mountain time)
Gillette Memorial Chapel
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