Beverly Miller
Beverly Miller
  • July 14, 1930 - April 15, 2017
  • Bloomington, Illinois

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Beverly Miller, age 86, of Bloomington Illinois, died April 15, 2017 at home after a brief illness surrounded by loved ones. She was born in Center City, Minnesota on July 14, 1930 to George and LaVonne (Tierney) Peterson. At the age of 5, her family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. She continued to spend many summers on her aunt and uncle's family farm in Center City. In 1948, she graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, focusing on Home Economics.

Bev enjoyed playing tennis, was active in roller derby and was a semi professional bowler, having bowled with the late professional bowler Dick Weber.
She worked in manufacturing until her marriage to Leo Miller in 1953, with whom she had her only child, Cheri. In 1960, Bev and her family relocated to Wallingford, Connecticut for her husband's job.

She returned to the workforce in the 70's. She worked for many years as the Sous Chef at the Yale Motor Inn in Wallingford Connecticut. She was proud to have cooked for many famous entertainers who performed at the local summer stock theatre. She spent her later years as the head cook for the Meals on Wheels and Head Start programs in Middlesex County.

At the age of 70, she retired and moved to Bloomington, IL to be near her daughter with whom she later resided.

While not having an extensive formal education, Bev formed her wisdom thru hard earned life experiences, paying attention to current events, and reading. She was passionate about politics, tennis, UConn basketball and dogs. She loved cooking and spending time with those she loved. She was fiercely loyal to her daughter Cheri, being a loving, proud and dedicated mother was by far, her most cherished accomplishment.
According to Bev, she, "lived life on her terms." While known to be feisty, determined, and notably independent in nature, she was equally playful and childlike, especially during the Christmas season. To say she loved playing Santa Claus, would be an understatement. She took great pleasure in white Christmas lights and snowmen collectables.

Bev was thoughtful and plain spoken, never shying away from meaningful conversation. Being sensitive but straight forward, she openly shared her opinions and left no questions as to where she stood in terms of her personal beliefs, values, and feelings. If Bev loved you, you knew it. She was truly someone you could confide in and it is no surprise how she became "Mother" to so many throughout her life.
Bev is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. Survivors include her daughter Cheri (Jolie Hoffmann), daughters of the "heart" Janet Pardo, Mary Sweet, Sue Jansky, Sue Neville, one grandson of the "heart" Ryan Burchett, and grand dogs Ruby and Idgie.
According to her wishes, Bev will be cremated with a private celebration of her life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wishbone Canine Rescue, Child Protection Network - McLean County IL, and OSF Hospice.
Special thanks to all those who made the last months of Bev's life special; St. Joes 3rd floor, OSF Hospice - especially Nurse Julie, Baxter's American Grille, J. Caugahron Photography, Jack Lewis Jewelers, Pastor Christine McNeil at St. John's Lutheran Church, and to all her dear and loyal friends and "daughters".

Arrangements under the direction of East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, IL.