Bernice E. Miller, fka Bernice E. Hemstad, age 100, of Belgrade, and formerly of Dawson, died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at the Belgrade Nursing Home. A memorial service celebrating Bernice's life will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m., at Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home in Brooten. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are with the Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home, of Brooten.
Bernice Elizabeth Miller, the fifth of seven children, wa born to Mary (Collins) and Edward Bogan, Feb. 25, 1919, in Montevideo.
In 1942, Bee married Maurice “Smear” Hemstad. The couple was blessed with three sons, Steve, Max and Reno. They raised their sons in Montevideo and worked in the family business, Hemstad's Greenhouse. The two shared 19 years of marriage before Smear passed away in 1961.
Bee married Vern Miller in 1966, and they farmed in Baxter Township, Lac qui Parle County. In 1975, they moved to Dawson. Vern worked at the local truck repair station and Bee was a homemaker and volunteer. They also had a cabin on Grove Lake where they enjoyed spending their time.
Bee loved to be active and had many hobbies. Bee and Vern traveled the lower 48 states and Canada and marched in many parades for the VFW. They also volunteered at the senior's dining hall and school. She was also well known for telling jokes and having quick wit humor.
Bee passed away peacefully at the amazing age of 100! She loved her friends and family and will forever be a role model for a life well lived.
Bee is survived by her son Max (and Marcy) Hemstad, of Montevideo; daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Hemstad, of Brooten; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding here in death were her parents; siblings; two sons, Steve and Reno; and grandson, Shane.
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