Posted 6/06/18 (Wed)
Beverly Darlyne Hillestad, 75, of Watford City, N.D., passed away, surrounded by her loving family, May 24, 2018, at Sanford Medical Center of Bismarck, N.D.
Bev (Woodbeck) Hillestad was born in Noonan, N.D., on Feb. 6, 1943, to Walter Woodbeck and Elva Boen-Woodbeck. She was baptized Lutheran in faith and had a love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Bev moved to the family farm west of Coteau in 1945. She started school (1st grade) at Clayton Country School in 1949 until 1955, and then attended Coteau school from 1955-1958, and spent her freshman and sophomore years in Bowbells from 1958-1960.
Bev and Henry Hillestad were married in Kenmare in 1961, and started their family. They raised their 5 children while moving from Kenmare to Fairbanks, Alaska to Lignite, N.D., to Cut Bank, Mont., and finally “settled” in Watford City in 1980. This is where she spent the rest of her life nurturing her family and enjoying her life-long friends and activities. Bev also accomplished earning her GED. She was the center of the family who organized and planned all reunions and events, and most specially the yearly “Family Picnic.” She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all.
She enjoyed quilting, crafting, baking, gardening, bird-watching, nature sight-seeing, bowling, darts and horseshoes. She was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Bev had a love for people in which she carried on after death by being an organ donor.
Bev is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Elva; and by her brothers, Darrel, Gary and Arvey.
Left to cherish her loving memory is her husband, Henry James Hillestad of Watford City, N.D.; sons, Paul (Cara), Gene, Timothy (Lori) and Bryan (Vicki); daughter, Cynthia Thomas (Ray); brothers, Jim Woodbeck and Rick Woodbeck; grandchildren, Levi, Nichole, Billy, Andrea, Tanner, Amber, Kayla, Tess, Elizabeth, Kaden and Sophia; great-grandchildren, Nikalya, Jayden, Axel, and Grace; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Her Life took place on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 ,at 6 p.m., at Fulkerson Stevenson Funeral Home of Watford City. Friends may sign the on-line register and give their condolences at www.fulkersons.com