Obituary -Beryl Myhill
April 20th, 2017 | Staff Report
Bessie Beryl Overlin, 90, was born in Fairburn, S. D. The youngest child of Ethyl Aleta Scott and William Willard Overlin, she had five brothers and two sisters: Edgar, Paul, Darrel, Lela, James and Marie — all of whom preceded her in death.
Overlin married Howard Myhill in 1945. He passed away in Homer in 1997, and her son Bryan died two years later. Overlin is survived by sons Dale, Leon, Loren and David; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her five beloved daughters-in-law.
Overlin passed from this world on to her Heavenly Home on Good Friday. In 1944, she left her home in South Dakota, sailed by steamship to Alaska and was dropped off on the beaches of Anchor Point. From there, she walked the beach to Homer — dodging the incoming tides (there was no road) — to help and assist a single missionary lady and her young son.
She met and married her husband Howard there, pioneered a town with no electricity, running water, sewer, or hospital; pioneered a church in her basement (Homer Assembly of God); helped build a local business (Homer Rexall Drugs); helped establish the Homer Little Theatre; and was co-founder of the Homer Concert Association bringing classical music to Homer.
As a young girl, she dreamed of sailing the Queen Mary to Europe, visiting and meeting exotic people, cultures and landmarks. Instead, she found herself in a small village at the end of the Kenai Peninsula, where she invested her life in developing community and culture — both artistically and spiritually — and building a town that thousands of visitors frequent yearly, thousands call "home," and hundreds who were raised there say, "Those were the best years of my life."
Overlin's sons just want to say, "Mom, thank you for investing in our character and spiritual development; thank you for raising us in Homer; and thank you for doing your part in making it the most beautiful place on Earth. We love you Mom. See you soon."
A memorial service will be held at the Salvation Army Homer Corps, 1468 Sterling Highway, Saturday May 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. For more information please call Captain Christin Fankhauser at 235-2609. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Overlin's memory to the Alaska Bible Institute, 1295 Mission Rd. Homer, Alaska 99603.