Beatrice Keator, 93, died May 12, 2019, at the Miller Pointe Community, Mandan.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Parkway Funeral Service. Burial will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Bismarck.
Beatrice was born Nov. 9, 1925, in Underwood, the daughter of Phillip and Emma (Schell) Bender. She grew up in the Underwood area where she attended school. Beatrice moved to Bismarck when she was 16 and started working at the Evangelical hospital. From there she went to work at Bell Telephone until 1945 and later to the Bismarck Hospital (Medcenter One) where she worked until her retirement in 1987.
Beatrice married Floyd “Bud” Keator on Dec. 11, 1944, in Bismarck. They enjoyed having a cabin at Lake Tschida and spending time there with family. She loved playing cards with her family and friends, knitting, and was an awesome cook.
Beatrice is survived by her children, Gaylen (Linda), Ron (Pam), Mel (Gail), Denise (Mark) Gierke, and Keith (Sherry); 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Agnes Krehlik; sisters-in-law, Leila Bender and Irene Bender; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud, in 1983; daughter, Virginia Werre, in 2005; son-in-law, Jack Werre, in 2018; her brothers, Alfred (Esther) Bender, Bert (Hattie) Bender, Delton Bender, Clarence Bender, and Irvin Bender; sister, Faye Hirschey; and brother-in-law, Ed Krehlik.
Memorials may be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Go to www.parkwayfuneral.com to share memories of Beatrice and sign the online guest book.