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Bakken, Beverly (Hove) 1933 - 2021


Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 7/16/2021 at 14:47:58

Beverly Bakken, age 87, of Cresco, Iowa passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Regional Health Services of Howard County.

Beverly Ann (Hove) Bakken was born on September 24, 1933, the second daughter to Oran Jerome Hove and Aleda Kathrine (Hovden) Hove, on a farm just south of the Lincoln Lutheran Church. She was baptized, confirmed and married at that church. She lived in Cresco, Iowa for six years where her Dad opened a barber shop, then with World War II being fought, they moved to grandparentís farm south of Ridgeway to help with the farming as the youngest son there was off to war. In 1943 they moved to Ridgeway where her Dad opened a barber shop and they managed the Telephone Office. After graduation from high school she went to work at the then named Farmers State Bank in Ridgeway.

On February 6, 1954 she was united in marriage to John Valjean Bakken, son of Howard and Geneva (Albertson) Bakken. They were the parents of four children, Denise Ann, Kim Allen, Randal John, and Todd Valjean. The following years they lived in Decorah, Ridgeway, Waterloo and then Denver, Iowa. She was employed by the Denver Community School District, John Deere in Waterloo and Koehring/Bantam in Waverly. At that time she was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church where she served on the Church Council, choir, taught Sunday School, Bible School and was a member of Naomi Circle. John died of a heart attack on December 22, 1978 and Beverly remained on the acreage until December 1986 when she moved to Mesa, Arizona. She retired as a librarian from Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, AZ in 1996.

On June 10, 2000 she was united in marriage to Charles Harrison Miller at Orleans Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Miller of Cresco, her children, Denise Ann of Mesa, AZ, daughter-in-law Joni Bakken of Mesa, AZ and grandchildren Chelsea Marie (Paul) Olarte of San Francisco, CA; John Henry Bakken (Alysha) of Mesa, AZ; and Betsy Jo (Brennan) Moore and great-grandchildren MayDee Jo and Millee Denise of Mesa, AZ; son, Randal John and his wife Tammy Bakken of Cedar Falls, IA and their two sons; Kegan Jerome (Sarah) Bakken of Waterloo, IA, and great-granddaughter Luna Morie; and Jarek John (Jill) Bakken and great-grandchildren, Jovie Marie, Asher John and her namesake, Everly Louise and August Randal of Bettendorf, IA; son, Todd Valjean and his wife Stacey Bakken of Mesa, AZ and their two daughters, Alaina Katherine (Dylan) Bakken and Aleah Elizabeth Bakken. Her stepchildren Julie (Steve) Linderbaum; Jeff (Julie) Miller; Dean (Sue) Miller; and Laurie (Steve) Fangman; 10 step-grandchildren and 21 step-great-grandchildren along with two sisters-in-law, Sharon McAtee and Janice Ellsworth.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, John V. Bakken, a son Kim Allen Bakken, her parents and parents-in-law, her sister and brother-in-law Rosemary and Lyle Rosendahl, a sister-in-law Linda Schwartz and brother-in-law Richard Schwartz, and brothers-in-law, Jim Ellsworth and Harry McAtee.

Source: Lindstrom Funeral Home database

Lincoln Lutheran Cemetery

Winneshiek Obituaries maintained by Bruce Kuennen.
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