A Memorial Service will be held in Miles City, Montana in the spring/summer of 2023.
Beverly (Bev) L. Collins peacefully passed away early Tuesday morning, November 22 at Holy Rosary Healthcare Center in Miles City, Montana. Bev was born in Greely, Colorado on December 30, 1941 to Seacil Roberts and Mary Durland Roberts. In 1944, while serving in the Navy during World War Two, Seacil was killed in a battle in the South Pacific on the island of Los Negros. Shortly thereafter, her mother and Bev moved back to Billings (Mary’s home town), where Bev grew up and attended Billings schools and graduating in 1960 from Billings Senior High School. During her senior year at Billings Senior she painted a large mural in the cafeteria where it still is today. Bev could draw and paint nearly anything. She was extremely gifted.
After high school, Bev attended Rocky Mountain College in Billings for year and another year at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where she worked on an Arts degree.. Bev was always a “Cats” fan. Bev then moved to Portland, Oregon where she gave birth to her first daughter, Lani. The two of them moved back to Billings. Bev than when to Southern California where she was trained in floral design and arranging. She moved back to Billings in hopes of having a job working for a local florist shop, but that didn’t work out. While raising her daughter as a single parent, Bev worked at Billings Deaconess Hospital in the Central Supply Department.
In the late 1960’s Bev and her daughter Lani, moved to Thermopolis, Wyoming where she worked at the Gottsche Rehabilitation Center as an Occupational Aide. While working and living in Thermopolis, Bev attended the Federated Community Church singing in the church choir where she met Jerry Collins. They were married in 1980. To this union, a daughter, Melissa was born. After a few years, Bev supported Jerry’s call into the ministry. The family then moved to Billings, Montana where Jerry attend Rock Mountain College. While Jerry went to school and worked at several part-time jobs, Bev wonderfully raised Melissa. The family then moved to the Kansas City, Missouri area where Jerry attended seminary and served a church.
Bev was a great supporter and partner in ministry with Jerry. Bev always enjoyed helping with Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was always an active participant in the various churches’ prayer chains. She definitely was a prayer warrior. Bev was also a “card” person. She loved receiving and sending greeting, birthday, and holiday cards to family, friends, and church members. She had such a gift writing special messages in each card. Everyone treasured receiving these cards.
Jerry and Bev’s ministry carried them to churches in Montana (Lavina), Missouri (Garden City), back to Montana (Belfry, Bridger, Fromberg), then to Idaho (Salmon and Lemhi), back to Montana (Harlowton, Judith Gap, Hobson, Moore) and finally to Miles City, Montana.
Bev had many illnesses and suffered chronic pain for most of her adult life. She was a three-time survivor of cancer. But all this never slowed her down until the very end. She was a trooper and a great inspiration. She was a very kind, compassionate, and loving person. She is truly missed.
Bev was preceded in death by her parents, and a step-father Jack and his wife Ruth and several aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband, Jerry and both of her daughters, Lani and Melissa along with Melissa’s significant-other Tony Lopez. Bev is also survived by three wonderful grandchildren, Ella, Ryan and Luke who were the light of her life. She is also survived by her sister, Janie Hendricks and her husband, her brother, Scott Roberts, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside committal service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, November 25 at Mountview Cemetery in Billings Montana. A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Miles City, Montana in the Spring 0f 2023. Memorials can be given to the First United Methodist Church in Miles City 24 N 11th St Miles City, MT 59301 or to the Relay for Life.