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Beverly 'Bev' Miller


Beverly "Bev" Miller, 85, of Peoria, Ariz., died February 3, 2024. Beverly was born on May 22, 1938, in Roundup Mont., to Howard and Carmen Walrath. Bev was raised in Powell, Basin and Worland Wyo. During World War II her father was deployed to the Pacific Theater. The family lived in Powell with her grandmother until Howard returned in 1946. Her family joined the company E.H. Walrath and Sons, a grain and bean elevator company. They built an elevator in Worland, where she spent most of her school years. Bev graduated from Washakie County High school in Worland in 1956. After graduation her love of music drove her to the University of Colorado to study teaching and music. She graduated in 1960 and moved back to Worland and her first teaching job in Lucerne, Wyo. It was at this time in Worland that she met and married Merle Miller also of Worland. Merle's father also owned an elevator in Worland. They were married 56 years, until his passing in 2018.

Merle and Bev left Worland for St Thomas, N.D., to spend a decade running a bean elevator for E.H. Walrath and Sons. After selling the elevator they moved to California and then to Minneapolis where they owned and operated a graphic printing business. After selling that business Merle sold real estate and she taught up to 100 piano students at a time. After retiring in 2008 they moved to Peoria Ariz., until her passing.

Music and Piano played a large part in Beverly's life, however it was her love of her savior Jesus Christ that was the most important. She came to know Jesus through her younger brother Louis, who told her all about his savior while sitting in a car dealership in California. From this point on she studied the Bible and did her best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. She was well known in her retirement community in Peoria, Ariz., for telling others about her Lord and Savior. Bev invited many to her church and would often come to their room with her Bible to teach them about her faith and the good news. She spent much of her time helping others. She gathered mail and meals to bring to those that had difficulty getting it on their own and visited many of the residents daily in their apartments.

Bev remained physically fit until the day of her death, going to multiple exercise classed a day and almost never taking the elevator to her third floor apartment.

Bev is survived by her brother Louis Walrath, his wife Diane; and her nephews Jason, Justin and Joshua Walrath.

A memorial service will be held at her retirement community at Freedom Plaza in Peoria, Ariz., on February, 27 at 10 a.m. She will be interned with her husband at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Condolences can be sent to the family at the following address: Justin Walrath, 8222 Louden Circle, Windsor, CO, 80528


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