Beverly Quamme

beverly quamme

Beverly’s service will be livestreamed below at 2 pm, Saturday, January 7th

Beverly JoAnn (Hofstad) Quamme, 84, of Fargo, ND, died on December 13, 2022, at Vibra Hospital in Fargo, after a short illness. She was born on August 16, 1938, in Hatton, ND to Leonard and Evelyn (Hjelmstad) Hofstad.

Beverly graduated from Hatton High School in 1956. She attended Valley City Teachers’ College and earned her Standard, and eventually a BS degree in Elementary Education and Library Science. Bev taught elementary in Northwood in 1958, where she met the love of her life, Hollis, and they were married on August 14, 1960, in Hatton. They welcomed two daughters, Kathy (1964) and Kelly (1969).

In 1966, they moved to Fargo where Bev was a long-time educator, teaching at Longfellow Elementary, and as a librarian at Clara Barton and Carl Ben Eielson Elementary, retiring in 1997. She was awarded Librarian of the Year in 1994, and many other awards and recognitions over her education career.

Bev was a member of many education organizations including NEA, NDEA and FEA. She and Hollis attended every NDEA Conference during their teaching careers, including many of them after retirement. She was involved in CCRTA since retirement and was on the Scholarship Committee for 25 years. She was actively involved in the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party. She was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1976 and 1984, and worked on many campaigns for candidates over several decades. She also was involved in the North Dakota Governor’s Advisory Council on Libraries and on several boards, too numerous to mention.

Bev was a longtime member of Hope Lutheran Church (North) and served as a Sunday morning greeter for many years. Bev was very proud of her upbringing in Hatton and continued to be involved in that community until her death. Her unbelievable memory will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was an avid pinochle player and reader. Family was most important to her, she loved spending time with immediate and extended family. She was the driving force keeping family together and connected.

Bev is survived by her daughters Kathy (Scott) Wenger and Kelly (Cooper) Thurston and grandkids Nick and Ben Wenger and Connor Thurston, all of Fargo, ND, sisters Barb Hoppe, Apple Valley, MN, Becky Melhus, Fargo, ND and Brenda (David) Sorenson, Henderson, NV, and Hollis’ brother, Roger Quamme, Fargo, ND.

Bev was preceded in death by her husband Hollis (2020), parents Leonard and Evelyn Hofstad, and two siblings, Bonny Hanson and Bryan Hofstad, nephew Todd Hefta, as well as her in-laws, Herbert and Josie Quamme, and siblings of Hollis’, Doris Lugert, Quentin, Thelma Smith, Raymond, Shirley Lensch, Ralph, and Carmen Bertling.

Memorials may be given to a charity of your choice.


Visitation: January 7, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


Memorial: January 7, 2023 2:00 pm

Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center
123 10th Street
Fargo, North Dakota 58103


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  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of Bev. My sympathy to the family. We were not just related, Hollis was a teacher of mine back in the day in Northwood. Also, in later years, Bev and Hollis lived on one of my mail routes in north Fargo. Not very often I got by their house on 7th street north, without stopping for a short visit . Sometimes even a cup of coffee was included. She will be surely missed..

  2. Bev work tirelessly on local political campaigns for more than 50 years. Our successes during the time of her involvement were many and due in no small part to her unique contribution.

    David Strauss, Chairman
    ND Democratic-NPL Party (2004 to 2009)

  3. My sympathy to Bev’s family! I grew up in Hatton and still live in Hatton….went to school with Becky. I’ve known Bev for a very long time and liked her so much. God bless her memory….

  4. Our deepest sympathy to Bev’s family. Bev and Hollis were such good friends of my parents. I have many good memories.
    Marilyn and Skip Gronhovd

  5. Kathy & Kelly,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. She was a fine and dedicated educator just like your dad and was always so pleasant whenever I would see her. Your parents were wonderful role models for you on how to treat others with kindness and respect. May they rest in peace together.

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