Beverly A. Trong-Miles
HARTWICK — Beverly A.Trong-Miles, nee Forbes, 74, lost her courageous battle to cancer and Alzheimer’s, with her loving family at her side, at A.O. Fox nursing home in Oneonta on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.
Bev was born on Nov. 14, 1938, in Jay, to Maxwell and Theresa (Elliott) Forbes. She married William H. Trong, of Troy, on June 26, 1960, who passed on Dec. 27, 2003. She later married Roy Miles, of Plant City, Fla., who predeceased her on Nov. 2, 2012.
Bev spent a portion of her childhood in Cherry Valley, where she graduated from high school and worked at the family restaurant, where she developed a love for cooking under the wings of her beloved grandmother.
She had been a member of the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown, where she was also a member of the Women’s Guild. During her time of participation, she was active in fundraising for the church through overseeing soup kitchens, rummage sales and craft bazaars.
Following Bev’s first career opportunity as head cook for the Otsego County jail some time ago, she devoted many valuable and appreciated years of service to the Office for the Aging as manager for the Nutrition Program, which provides meals to the elderly and shut-ins.
A familiar face at Bassett Hospital’s ER and admissions desk was where her career days ended and her retirement began.
Bev was well known and appreciated for the baking she did in the community throughout her life, as well as her sewing and crafting skills.
Bev is survived by her brothers Roger, Richard (Mitzi) and Scott (Jeanette) Forbes. She was predeceased by Rogers’ late wife, Patricia. She is also survived by her children, sons, William F. (Holly Kubli) of Nassau, Jeffrey (Kathleen) of East Greenbush, Russell (Catherine) of Hartwick, Christopher (Lynne) of Burlington Flats and daughter Hope Trong of Oneonta. Grandchildren Aubrynn, Sarah, Jessica, Kelsey, Caitlin, Kathleen, James, Andrew, Jacob, Brittany, Noah, Micaela and Dakota; great-grandchildren Lilianna, Alaina, Landon and Grayson. As well as several nieces and nephews.
At Bev’s request, there will not be a traditional funeral service or calling hours. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Catskill Area Hospice and A.O. Fox Nursing Home for their involvement, care and support, not only to their mother, but the immediate family as well.
Memorial donations may be made and greatly appreciated, in Bev’s honor, to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta NY 13820.
To light a candle or send the family an online condolence, please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.