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Elizabeth Dronen

June 12, 1966 - July 19, 2013


5-7:00 P.M. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

12-1:00 P.M. Monday, July 29, 2013 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.

Prayer Service:

7:00 P.M. Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

1:00 P.M. Monday, July 29, 2013 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Fargo.


Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Elizabeth Dronen

June 12, 1966 - July 19, 2013


Elizabeth “Beth” Joan McGarvey Dronen, 47, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, formerly Fargo, ND, passed away at home Friday, July 19, 2013.

Beth was born June 12, 1966 in Jamestown, ND to Richard and Flora (Nagel) McGarvey. 

Beth attended Holy Spirit Elementary School and graduated from Shanley High School in 1984.  She was a cheerleader for both Holy Spirit and Shanley. Beth graduated with a B.A. in finance from Moorhead State University and a MBA from Regis University. She worked at Community First Bank-Fargo before moving to Minneapolis, where she continued her career in banking. She later moved with her family to Colorado where she worked for Pediatric Medical Group.

Beth was dearly loved by her family. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Beth is survived by her son Tyler of Highlands Ranch, CO, her parents Richard (Dick) and Flora McGarvey of Fargo, and siblings Rose (John) Skroch of Courtenay, ND; Barb (Ron) Larson of Alexandria, MN; Dave (Jodi) McGarvey of Big Lake, MN; Mary Dissette of West Fargo; and Dan (Jeanne) McGarvey of Old Orchard, ME. She is also survived by her godmother Patricia Dunbar of Waukee, IA, many nieces and nephews, and her dog, Molly.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to:

the Fargo Catholic Schools Network at  https://fcsn.site-ym.com/donations/ click on memorials

the Denver Area Humane Society at http://hsspv.org/donate-volunteer/donate/ 

the Fargo Area Humane Society at http://www.humanesocietyfargomoorhead.org/donate-in-memory-or-honor-of-someone/.


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  1. Linda says:

    Rapid City SDDear Mr. & Mrs. McGarvey & Family-
    I am so sorry to hear of Beth’s passing! My mom called to tell me as she saw her obituary in the paper.
    Beth was always such a fun person and sweet to the core! I have many, many great memories of sleep-overs and all the fun we had in middle and high school!
    What a beautiful guardian angel that you now have in heaven to watch over all of you!!
    I hope you can take comfort in the many wonderful memories that you have of Beth!!
    God Bless,
    Linda (Michaelson) Schacher

  2. sue frelich says:

    Dear McGarvey Family,

    I was a classmate of Beth’s at Shanley. We shared many good times drinking Tab and watching soap operas at your house during “study hall”. She had a gentle nature and she was proud to be a Deacon.

    I want to convey my deepest sympathies and know many of her classmates are praying for her, and for your family ,as you deal with her passing.


    Sue Christofferson Frelich

  3. Bonnie (Dunn) Taylor says:

    Naperville ILMcGarvey Family,

    My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. May loving memories bring you peace, comfort and strength.

    I too was a classmate of Beth’s at SHS and I am thankful for the opportunity to have reconnected with Beth via Fbook this past year.

    ~Bonnie Taylor

  4. Julie (Hughes) Luna says:

    Omaha, NE Mr and Mrs McGarvey- I wanted to express my deep sympathy to you on losing Beth too soon. She was always a kind soul who brightened every room she entered. Beth carried herself with class and grace. Heaven has gained a true angel.


  5. Cheryl (Bellefeuille) Herrick says:

    Dear McGarvey Family,

    I am sending you my deepest sympathy. It is hard to believe my Best Friend is gone. She was the friend you could tell anything and everything to. She was always there to listen and lend her kind and gently advice. Her greatest joy is her son Tyler. Tyler, please always know how proud your mom is of you! My prayers are with you all. I have a lifetime of wonderful memories!!! We were all Blessed to have her in our lives. May God comfort you at this most difficult time.

    Love, Cheryl

  6. Alison and Dan Dunnebecke says:

    Highlands Ranch COTyler-we are very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that we are praying for you as you deal with this. Our thoughts are with you Ty. Let us know if you need anything.


    The Dunnebeckes

  7. Jon & Laura (Hall) Leintz says:

    St. Cloud MN
    McGarvey Family,

    We were deeply saddened by the news of Beth’s death. We both have such fond high school memories of Beth while at Shanley. She was a great friend to all, always ready with a smile and kind word. You raised an exceptional daughter and we are all better people for having had her in our lives.


    Please take comfort in knowing you will forever have the most amazing guardian angel at your side.

    God Bless,
    Jon & Laura (Hall) Leintz
    Shanley Class of ’84

  8. Katy (Jacobson) Van Dyke says:

    Today I went through some photos and found some of Beth and myself. Beth, as well as your family, allowed me into your lives and I am so ever grateful. I have many memories of Beth. She was a special friend. Thank you God for lending her to all of us and let her great smile continue to shine on all of us. My sympathy goes out to two wonderful parents and her siblings. May God be with all of you in this tough time.

  9. John Murphy says:

    Medina MN
    Dear Mr. and Mrs. McGarvey,

    My sincere and deepest condolences to you and your family. Beth touched many lives and while we did not connect again much after high school days at Shanley, I have fond memories of her beautiful, peaceful spirit. She was kind to all and a friend to many.

    May God bless you and know that many people are praying for you during this difficult time.

  10. John Heinze Family says:

    Dick, Flora and Families
    So sorry to hear about Beth.
    Our prayers to you all.

  11. Brenda Braulick says:

    St Cloud MN
    It is with sincere sympathy that I express my sadness at the passing of Beth. Barb is my very dear friend and has shared with me time and time again how much she loved and cared for her beloved Beth. May Beth rest in peace in the care of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Gone but not forever…
    Brenda Braulick

  12. Gary Fischer says:


    I am very sorry to learn of your sister’s death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Gary Fischer

  13. John and Michelle Korsmo says:

    Dick and Flora, we are so sorry to read about Beth.

  14. Steve Dargen says:

    Fargo ND
    Dear Mr. and Mrs. McGarvey, I was deeply saddened to learn of Beth’s passing. She was such a kind soul, and it is impossible to think of her and not envision her beautiful smile. Please take comfort in the fact that she absolutely affected everyone who knew her in a positive fashion, and she will continue to do so. May God bless you both, Tyler, and the entire McGarvey family.
    Steve Dargen

  15. Jeanette Rabideaux Dickey says:

    Audubon MMy most heartfelt sympathy is extended to all of Beth’s family, her passing is such devastating news. It was just in the last year we reconnected through Facebook. I could tell by our conversations that she was still the beautiful, kind person she was in our Shanley days. I could feel and hear the pride she felt as she spoke of her son Tyler. My prayers and condolences go out to all of you. God has welcomed another beautiful angel in heaven. God bless you Beth – may you rest peacefully in the arms of the Lord.

  16. Reverend John Anderson says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Her smile was contagious her spirit was gentle and kind. Beth was a sweet person and this world is less bright with her no longer in it. I am so very sorry for her family and friends. May God’s mysterious Peace find its way into the hearts of those who love her. Fly on, Beth!
    John, Shanley ’84

  17. Mary Lou Kriegl says:

    Woodbury MN
    Dear Mr. and Mrs. McGarvey,

    It is with heartfelt sadness that I express my sincere condolences to you and your family. Beth was such a genuinely kind, sweet person, and I am grateful for the friendship and memories we shared growing up. May God Bless and hold you during this difficult time.

    Sincerely, Mary Lou Fischer Kriegl

  18. Vicki Bender says:

    Walnut Grove MN
    Uncle Dick, Aunt Flora And family
    My thoughts and prayers go out to all.

    “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. “

  19. Reenie Koob says:

    Fargo ND
    Uncle Dick , Aunt Flora and cousins,
    I am so sad for this loss of Beth, I will miss everything we went thru together in our lives. I wish so much I would of had a chance to spend more time with her in our adult lives, I will miss her and know that I can still chat with her when I need to. I love you guys and if there is anything you need I sure hope you will let us know. Why these things are part of life I will never understand or fully accept. Love you always Beth, if you only knew how much I will miss you.

    Sadly, Reenie

  20. Kam Strom says:

    bismarck ndSo sorry to learn of the loss of Beth. Too young and too soon. I will always remember her gentle personality and beautiful long hair! May you find comfort in knowing how Beth touched each one of her friends with her wonderful spirit. Time will ease the pain but never the loss. God Bless!

  21. Rob Gibb says:

    Hanoi VietnamI was deeply saddened to hear of the news. I reconnected with Beth over the last few years and found her to be the same strong, gentle and dignified woman I remember from our Shanley days. It is a reminder of how important it is to appreciate loved ones at all times. May good bless and comfort all of you in this time of sorrow.

  22. Lisa Gunderson says:

    Stillwater MN
    Mr. and Mrs. McGarvey,

    Words cannot express my sadness upon learning of Beth’s passing. I have so many fond memories throughout all of our years of grade school and high school…..she was beautiful both inside and out. How lucky I am to have had the privilege of her friendship for so many years. We will miss her always, and she will be in our memories forever.

    My sincere condolences,
    Lisa Gunderson

  23. Shannon (Day) Myhre says:

    Columbia Heights MN
    I am so very sorry for your loss – while I was a classmate of Beth’s at Shanley, it was only in college that I got to know her better. We worked together at Interstate Bank for two years – she was diligent, a hard worker and also very kind. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.


  24. Nancy Hilsendeger Arneson says:

    Hawley, Mn. There is no words to describe the sadness and total shock when I learned Beth had passed.Just in the last couple years we had reconnected through facebook and was looking forward to seeing her when she came back to Fargo to visit.I recently shared with Beth how extremely blessed I had her and her family in my life growing up because I was at their home everyday after school.I had a very difficult childhood and her parents took me in and gave me a safe place to go.I will always cherish our friendship.Rest in peace my dear friend.

  25. Rob Heinley says:

    Chaska MN
    So very sorry for your loss…I cried when I got the news…not only was she beautiful, she had a quiet, gentleness about her. She will be missed. mr h Holy Spirit School 1979-1983

  26. Stacy Gallagher says:

    Eden Prairie MN
    Dick, Flora and family,
    I was so sorry to hear that Beth had died. It was such a shock and so unexpected. May God give you the strength to get through this difficult time. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to let me know.

    Love, Stacy Gallagher

  27. Mary Jo Zacher says:

    Peoria IllinoisMr. and Mrs. McGarvey,
    It is with deep sadness that I offer you my sincere condolences. I will always remember Beth as a beautiful and kind soul. May she rest forever in the peace of Christ and may God embrace you in His arms of love.
    Mary Jo Zacher

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