On the night of January 8th, 2019 Beverly passed away after a long battle with cancer. She had just returned fulfilling a dream to watch her grandkids play in Disney World. In the days just prior to her passing she was surrounded by her family and friends who had been touched by her love, support and kindness.
Beverly Lynn (Bruer) Nelson was born December 22, 1947 in Joliet, Il. She was the third of seven children born to Jack and Alice Bruer. At the age of 14 her and her family moved to Helena, where she attended Helena High School.
In 1968 Bev met the man of her dreams, Mickey Nelson and they had been together ever since, until his passing in September of 2016.
Bev and Mickey were married February 20th, 1971, had a son in 1973 and daughter, Michelle in 1978. You could always find Bev and Mickey together either at a Carroll College football game, Wednesday night Last Chance Car club dinner or Mickey’s favorite, The DQ on Prospect ave. Beverly was the most supportive, kind, loving wife, mother, Gramma, especially in Mickey’s line of work.
When the kids were born, she stayed home and took care of them and the house. Later, when the kids were in school full time, she decided to work outside the home at various locations to include, The Ice-cream Parlor, The RB Drive Inn and The Donut Hole. Finally, she found her calling at the Helena School District as a Paraprofessional. She works at many different schools in her 17 years at the school district but, her favorite was working at the Neighborhood Center working with special needs children.
Then in March of 2007 along came her first grandkids Hope four months later Jaycee. She quit her job to upgrade her job title as “GRAMMA” This truly was her most treasured title. Hope and Jaycee would later be followed by Landen 2012 and Ellie in 2015. Being a Gramma brought so much joy and happiness to her life and there was nothing more special to her then to spend time with her Grandchildren.
Bev’s hobbies included bragging about her grandkids, reading romance novels, watching soap operas and shopping for bargains mainly for her grandkids.
Then in November of 2008 Bev was diagnosed with her first breast cancer. This is the first of many times she would show us just how tough and strong Beverly was. She was heartbroken that she couldn’t take care of her grandbabies but, she kept fighting just to see them one more day. Bev would beat this breast cancer only to fight again in April of 2017 and again in November of that same year. Later a brain tumor and ultimately lung cancer would take her from us. But not before taking her grandkids to Disney Land last year and Disney World this year. She so loved to watch her grandkids smile and have fun.
Beverly is survived by her daughter Michelle (Robert) Pippen, their children Jaycee, Landen and Ellie Pippen of Helena. Her son and his daughter Hope, Hope’s Mother Stacy Breise of Helena. Beverly’s siblings Jim Bruer of Palmerton, PA; Nancy (John) Clark of Dumfries, VA; Dorothy Thiede of East Helena; MT; Tom and Phyllis Bruer of Taylor, MI and Mary (Steve) Miller of Belgrade, MT. Many nieces, nephews and Grand nieces and nephews. Her very special car club The Last Chance Cruisin’ Association. Special friends Mike and Connie Collins, Pat Clark and Darcy O’Dell always made sure Bev had a ride to different events or just a friend to check on her each and every day since Mickey’s passing.
Our family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Weiner, his wonderful caring staff and nurses at the Cancer center and the Oncology unit at St. Peters Health.
We find peace in knowing Beverly is free of her earthly vessel and is no longer suffering from cancer. She fought a good fight to the end. She kept to her word by taking “One day at a time”. She is now back in the arms of her husband Mickey.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon on Tuesday, January 15th 2019 at the Cathedral of St. Helena, 530 N. Ewing Street, Helena, MT with a reception to follow in the Brondel Center in the lower level of the Cathedral. A private family burial will be held after reception at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her name to St. Peters Health Cancer Treatment Center, 2475 Broadway, Helena, MT 59601.