It is with great sadness the family of Beverly (Eliason) Minns announces her passing. She is survived by her children; Daughters Karen Minns of Gardner, Ann Minns of Otter River, Brenda Minns ( William Grasmuck) of Otter River. Sons Brian Minns of Cape Cod, Kevin Minns of Leominster. Grand Daughters Emily Minns of Lynn, Meredith Minns of Acton, Erin Minns of Cape Cod and her Great Grand Children Lennon, Sawyer and Emery of Cape Cod. Also many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents John E. Eliason and Doris M. Eliason, her Brother John Eliason and her husband James (Jim) Minns.
Beverly was a lifelong resident of Gardner where she attended Connor St. Elementary School and graduated with the GHS class of 1948. Following graduation she began her career at Florence Stove as an executive assistant working with the engineering department designing what was then cutting edge appliances. After her marriage she left her position to begin a new life and to start her family. With the birth of her five children she dedicated herself to being a fulltime Mom participating in their many activities and interests which included; Girl Scout Leader, Den Mother, Volunteer at the School Library, School Fairs, Teacher's Aid and the Mother's Guild. In addition she returned to work for the City of Gardner in both the City Clerk's Office and the Treasurer's Department for 15 years. Upon her retirement she and Jim along with cousins "Bob and Betty" traveled around the country visiting friends and relatives always trying to find that perfect place to eat dinner.
She was extremely artistic and explored it by producing elaborate birthday cakes every year for each child and grandchild not to mention the imaginative Halloween costumes that were the envy of the neighborhood. She was a talented seamstress often working without a pattern to make clothing for her children who proudly wore the outfits to Easter Services and special occasions. She was an amazing cook and will forever be remembered for her custard pies and banana cake. She enjoyed cross stich and gifting friends and relatives thoughtful pieces as birthday presents or simply just because.
When they got older and more adventurous she and her girlfriends took several trips to New York City, Pennsylvania Dutch County and their favorite- gambling at Foxwoods enjoying their many adventures along the way. She loved going to Maine with her daughters and granddaughters every spring and fall. The Lafayette was their special place as they walked the beach looking for shells and then off to “Billy’s” for chowder and a lobster roll. She was a dedicate Red Sox and Patriots fan who could hold her own when discussing games and players.
Beverly was a devout Catholic and took comfort and strength in her faith throughout her life. She believed God has a plan for us all. She attended Mass faithfully and in later years was thrilled to find she was able to continue going to her daily mass with the help of the Catholic Channel.
But most of all she was a fiercely independent woman whose family - husband, children, nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends were the most important things in her world. She work hard her entire life and made all of us her priority. There was much laughter as well tears throughout the years but she was there for any of us who needed her. The door was always open. She was loved and will be greatly missed by all of us whose lives she so strongly impacted.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 at 11 a.m. in Holy Spirit Church, 50 Lovewell Street, Gardner. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Gardner.
A calling hour will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 from 9 - 10 a.m. in the Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner.
To send an online condolence please visit www. mackfamilyfh.com.
Mack Family Funeral Home, 105 Central St., Gardner is directing arrangements.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor & Melissa A. McQuaid Funeral Directors.