Easter has always been Beverley Ann Burrows’ most favorite holiday, and this year she will have a front row seat at the Big Easter Parade in her finest hat and biggest smile. Bev went home to her Lord Monday, March 26, at Glacier Care Center with friends by her side.
Bev was born June 19, 1928 in Dearborn MN to Dr. Howard and Grace Burrows and raised with her sister Mary Harrmann and 3 brothers Robert, John and Allen, all of whom have proceeded her in death. Surviving are special sister in law Dean and numerous nieces and nephews.
Caring for people was in her genes and her nature, and upon completion of nursing school Bev set off for healing. After stints in New Mexico and California, she headed North and made her home in Montana, working as Nursing Director, first in Browning and then in Cut Bank. Babies were her biggest joy at work, she made them hats and often blankets.
From her home Bev ran an abused women’s shelter, hiding and caring for women until she could get them relocated.
Animals were her other great love in life, and Bev always had several (or more) dogs and cats. Often unwanted litters were dumped in her yard, and she cared for them all. She also paid to have many neighbors’ cats spayed or neutered to slow the production. Bev was most often found with a cat on her lap.
Although never married and no children, Bev’s life was full of love for her many nieces, and nephews, and then great and great, great nieces and nephews. She would share pictures and stories with all she knew and always had updates on her triplet great nieces. Bev also loved the children from her church like they were her very own grandchildren. She continued to bless them all, through the prayers and handmade gifts they received during her lifetime.
I think of all the ways Bev was ahead of times, recycling all tin and aluminum cans, plastic bags, paper and egg carton for the last 30 years. Rescuing animals before Rescue shelters in place, Rescued women before shelters and domestic abuse laws protected them. She ran around town on her electric scooter, with her bonnet for sunscreen and being part of a village caring for kids.
Bev had many artistic talents and enjoyed many arts and crafts: painting, ceramics, crocheting, knitting, stained glass and baking marvelous wedding and birthday cakes. We all remember that every year Bev brought intricately decorated cross cookies to church for Easter.
In all her travels, jobs, mountain trips, and other encounters Bev’s faith and love for Christ were apparent to all. She shared by example all the days of her life and the SON shined in her smile, her hugs, and in the prayers she constantly sent to the Lord for all those who were fortunate to be loved by Bev.
Memorials may be made to 1st Presbyterian church or Cut Bank Animal shelter.
Services will be Saturday, March 31, at 11AM at Cut Bank First Presbyterian Church.