Beverly Joyce Miller, age 87, of Sturgis, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Rivercrest Specialty Hospital in Mishawaka, Ind.
She was born Oct. 19, 1926, in Sturgis, a daughter of the late Orval D. and Marguerite (Large) Wheeler.
Beverly was a lifelong Sturgis resident and a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1944.
She was married to Harold Cecil Milligan and Richard Wayne Myers. These marriages ended in divorce. In February 1972, she married David L. Miller in Howe, Indiana. He preceded her in death Sept. 17, 2010.
All of Beverly’s working life was involved in the restaurant business. She owned and operated Dutch Inn, managed Sturgis Bowl Snack Bar for many years and cooked at the Eagles Lodge and Patterson’s Supper Club, just to name a few.
She attended Whole Life Christian Fellowship and First Baptist Church both in Sturgis.
Beverly was an avid bowler and a member of the Sturgis Bowling Association. She also was a member of Eagles Auxiliary Lodge #1314 and Women of the Moose Sturgis Chapter #613. She enjoyed bowling, playing bingo, mushroom hunting and camping. Beverly loved time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She is survived by six sons, Ron (Anita) Myers of Columbus, Ga., Terry Lee Myers of Phoenix City, Ala., Rick (Evelyn) Myers of Sturgis, Chris (Sue) Milligan of Sturgis, Scott Myers of Denver and Randy (Cedrena) Myers of Anaheim, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, James Wheeler.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis.
Funeral services celebrating the life of Beverly Joyce Miller will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The Rev. James Bender, First United Methodist Church in Sturgis, will officiate. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will follow services. Private burial of the ashes will take place at a later date at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mrs. Miller’s memory consider the charity of one’s choice.
Her obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.