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Beverly Jean Ellefson, 83, passed away in her home with her family by her side on Aug. 9, 2014.

She was born Feb. 6, 1931, in Moose Lake, Minn.

Bev married Ervin "Bud" Ellefson on Sept. 16, 1950.

Bev devoted much of her life to caring for her family, her home and nurturing friendships. Bev was a homemaker who truly enjoyed her home, the outdoors, wildlife, gardening, cooking and baking. Until the end of her life she believed in being independent, and wanted all to know and take comfort in her belief that she had lived a long, happy lifewishing the same for those she loved and cared for.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ervin; her daughter, Patricia; her parents, Ada and Arthur Johnson; and her in-laws, Herbert and Grace Ellefson.

Survivors include her children Gary (Deb) of Ashland, Wis., Dennis (Elissa) of Cloquet, Minn., Cindy (Mike Fox) of Hermantown; grandchildren: Monika (Jon) Summer, Ben (Mandy), Kyle (Kim), Matthew, Blake (Kendall), Maren (Joe) Mayo, Brody and Hayden Fox, and step-grandchildren Shawn (Ryan) Stewart, Erin Comfort, Abbey and Hillary Fox; plus nine great-grandchildren; her sister Joanne Jungers; brother Roger Johnson and sister-in-law Doris Naslund; many nieces, nephews and close friends.

PRIVATE FAMILY SERVICES: will be held at Beverlys request. Memorials may be directed to Essentia Hospice 330 East Second Street Duluth, MN 55805.