Julie Beaver, 16, Ryder, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident near Max. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 a.m., at the Max High School Gymnasium. Burial will be held at Westland Cemetery near Rolette Wednesday at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Burial will be followed by a lunch and time for fellowship with family and friends at Valle Lutheran Church in Rolette.
Visitation will be held today, Nov. 19, from 1 to 6 p.m., at Thompson Funeral Home in Garrison and Wednesday, for one hour prior to services, at the church.
Julie was born Jan. 14, 1997, in Fargo, to Gerry and Michelle (Rice) Beaver, and was welcomed into her family by her older brother, Jeffrey. Julie was raised as a 'military brat' until January 2011, when she and her family returned to North Dakota. In the years of her dad's military service, Julie became an extremely adaptable young woman. She left her mark in California, Louisiana, Georgia, Arizona and Texas. Julie, in their travels, attended 11 different schools throughout her schooling and made friends in every stop! No person was ever a stranger, within a few moments she knew their name and had a new friend.
Upon returning to North Dakota, Julie was enrolled in Rolette Public School as a junior high student until moving to their home in Ryder where Julie found her N.D. home school of Max! Julie blossomed with the North Dakota hometown philosophy and found friends in numerous surrounding communities. She immediately got involved with the Max FFA Chapter, in which she participated in many competitions that came her way. Julie really enjoyed the Max FFA/4-H corn maze. She also participated in volleyball and basketball, and again never failed to meet new friends there as well, notably more off the court than on! Julie was a very ambitious young lady in which she loved to sell to all of her family and friends any items that her school projects brought her way.
She was also employed at the Pizza Ranch in Minot. She then did an Ag co-op job at Max Farm Services, which became a permanent job for Julie. She was currently working this job at the time of her death. A good reason for Julie to work was to support her spare time hobby of shopping (but which teenage girl doesn't!). She was also a junior member of the Dephman-Armstrong American Legion Post # 194 in Rolette.
A very special thing that Julie did with her dad was to go to live sporting events such as NASCAR races, and Dallas Cowboys football! Julie was a typical young lady who loved food, especially bacon, and enjoyed time spent with family during a yearly North Dakota visit, more so after moving to N.D., and all of the time spent playing games! She was a reality TV show junky. Her strong will, sometimes opinionated personality, made us even love her more.
She always had a smile and hug for everyone. She will be greatly missed but her spirit will go on forever!
God's Blessings to Julie.
Julie is survived by: her parents, Gerry and Michelle; brother, Jeffrey, Ryder; grandparents, Carrie and Jay Heinz, Rolette, and Donna and Jens Rice, New York; great-grandparents, Lucille Beaver, Rolette, and Don and Johanna Rice, New York; aunts and uncles, Glenda and Jeremy Swartz (and their children, Payton, Brody and Macey), Minot, Aaron Rosecrans, of Maryland, Seth Rosecrans, Fargo, Lori and Pat Smith (children, Gary, Brandon, Nicholas, Patrick), New York, Alicia and Clifton Mattson (children, Chelsie, Blake), Rolette, Suzanne Rice (Steven, Elizabeth) New York; great-aunts and uncles of Julie's dad, Gerry, who were like siblings to Gerry, Cheryl and Jody VanderWal, Horace, (children, Shayne and Brittney) Tonee and Mike Matteson (children, McKaila and McKenzie), Garrison, and Marla and Donn Oakland, (children, Jayden and Breaunna), Hazen.
(Thompson Funeral Home, Garrison)