Beverly Jean Mjolsness, went home to the Lord, on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at the age of 91. She and her devoted husband, Daniel, had just celebrated 72 years of marriage in August. In addition to Daniel, Bev is also survived by her six children, Daniel (Cindy), Mary Christensen (Jack), Joel (Jory), David (Penny), Nancy Golliday (Stuart) and Jane Lamke (Greg); 17 grandchildren, Ben (Kristen), Becca (Brian), Nick, Stephanie (Jeff), Joel (Shahnazz), Amy (Don), Josh, Kia (Jeff), Adam, Alex (Kelli), Britta (Elmon), Andrew, Jacob, Jay, Luke, Casey and Grace; and nine great-grandchildren, Lucy Jane, Lily Bea, Aalia, Iskander, Abigail, Kathryn, Enok, Mikaela and Noah. How she will be missed!
Born in Dale, Minnesota, on November 8, 1928, to Ellen and Carl Carlson, Bev grew up on a small dairy farm. The two-mile ride to country school was by horseback on her pony or by riding her bike. She attended grades 9-12 at Oak Grove Lutheran Academy, attended Dakota Business College, and worked as a legal assistant at MB Johnson Agency in Moorhead, Minnesota.
Beverly met Daniel Mjolsness on a dinner date arranged by her good friend, Betty – who happened to be Dan’s sister. Their love blossomed and he proposed with a diamond ring purchased with the proceeds from selling his prize 4-H cow. On August 22, 1948 they were married in a country church set in the rolling hills of Clay County at the Hegland Lutheran Church near Rollag, MN. Daniel and Beverly lived in 13 homes during their life together. She made an art out of making their home a place filled with love, family traditions, delectable treats and meaningful conversations. Beverly and Daniel – a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools – raised their children in Tintah, Lake Park, Elbow Lake, and Red Wing, Minnesota.
Bev took pride in her culinary artistry with specialties such as Bev’s Brown Bread and her grandchildren’s favorite, Sweet Rolls; along with many Scandinavian recipes originating from both Norwegian and Swedish families. In 2011, she published a family recipe book of favorite foods, “Uffda – Treats, Traditions: Tried and True Recipes From Bev’s Kitchen” that is used and enjoyed by children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. She also enjoyed gardening, Bridge club parties, and of course, shopping with her daughters.
As a Minnesota-American matriarch, Bev modeled and instilled the greatest of values within her children. She and Dan were members of the Lutheran Church within whatever community their family resided; raising their children to know and to love the Lord. Bev also made sure each child understood the value of working hard to earn money – this beginning as soon as they were old enough to detassle corn for the local farmer. Her core value of education culminated in all six children becoming college graduates and pursuing their professional careers.
Post-retirement led Bev and Dan into the breeding and racing of thoroughbred horses, initially at Assiniboia Downs in Manitoba, Canada, and then at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. Bev was partner and accountant for the horse business for 40 years. Their most decorated horse and two-time Horse of the Year was Hoist Her Flag; in addition, Whirlawind was Horse of the Year in 1982.
Seven Springs Farm in rural Red Wing was their home for 30 years. Bev and Dan then lived in her dream home atop a bluff overlooking Pretty Red Wing. They relocated to Naples, Florida, in 2019 after 90-plus years in Minnesota, including 50 years in Red Wing.
Beverly was preceded in death by her mother, Ellen; father, Carl; sisters Doris and Yvonne; brother Courtney, and son-in-law Jack Christensen.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to:
United Lutheran Church, 628 West 5th Street, Red Wing, MN, 55066 phone: 651.388.3583, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 777 Mooring Line Dr., Naples, FL 34102 phone:239.261.0894, email: email@example.com.