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Published September 23, 2012, 03:36 PM

Beverly Malme Seashore

The world became a little less dynamic when Beverly Malme Seashore died on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Hospice of Arizona, Del Webb Inpatient Unit in Sun City West, Arizona. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few days earlier, Bev began hospice care September 7th. She died peacefully and painlessly, attended by family.

Beverly Malme Seashore



The world became a little less dynamic when Beverly Malme Seashore died on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Hospice of Arizona, Del Webb Inpatient Unit in Sun City West, Arizona. After being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a few days earlier, Bev began hospice care September 7th. She died peacefully and painlessly, attended by family.

Bev was born June 14, 1927 in Fargo, North Dakota to Arthur and Hannah (Aanenson) Malme. (She never gave up the belief that the flags flying every June 14th were for her birthday.) As a child she often played on the family farm near Halstad, MN. She attended Fargo schools until she graduated from Central High School in 1944.

In 1948 Bev graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead. After one year teaching in Aitkin, MN, she moved to Fergus Falls, MN, where she had a twenty-five year career in that school district. She taught high school English, French, and journalism, as well as coordinated a work experience program for special needs students. In 1980, Bev was named Fergus Falls Teacher of the Year by the Fergus Falls Education Association. She ended her career as a high school guidance counselor.

Bev was also a member of the first faculty of Fergus Falls Junior College, teaching French. After nine years of driving through the windblown Red River Valley to attend night classes at Moorhead State University, she earned a Master’s Degree in 1980.

The first day she arrived in Fergus Falls, Bev met Jim Seashore, an unassuming, but wily engineer at Otter Tail Power Company. Though Jim was Swedish and Bev Norwegian, they managed to create Scandinavian harmony, and were married June 10, 1950. They had four children, Jon, Ann, Amy and Jay. After their retirements, Bev and Jim moved to Sun City West, AZ, and spent summers at their cottage in the Swan Lake Club near Fergus. Even after Jim’s death in 1996, Bev continued this beloved tradition.

Bev was a lifelong volunteer and energetic organizer, from Camp Fire to Cub Scouts, from First Lutheran Church in Fergus to Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West. She was an active leader in many groups, from PTA to PEO. She was a world traveler and experimental cook, often using her reluctant kids as guinea pigs. She loved playing card games and dominoes with her five grandchildren. With her passing, the world will have fewer hand knit sweaters, many unsolved crossword puzzles, and one less never-ending to-do list.

Bev is survived by her brother, A. Jerome Malme, of Geneseo, NY, and by her children Jon Seashore (Karen) of Woodbury, MN; Ann Seashore (Lionel Heredia) of Caye Caulker, Belize; Amy Seashore Rafter (Mike) of Shoreview, MN; Jay Seashore (Debbie) of Scottsdale, AZ, and by grandchildren Kristen, Carolyn, and Lauren (Jon and Karen) and Jake and Jim (Amy and Mike).

The family will set up a scholarship fund in memory of Beverly for Fergus Falls High School students who pursue careers in education. Memorials may be made out to “Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation” and mailed to Jon Seashore, 3518 Tara Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125.

Celebration of Life memorial services will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, AZ and also on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN.

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