Betty Jean Newman, 85, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Bismarck.
She left this world peacefully holding hands with her husband of 66 years, Melvin, until God carried her into his loving hands.
Betty Jean was born Oct. 4, 1927, in Coulee, to Leroy and Mildred (Baker) Knower. She was educated in Donnybrook, graduating in 1945 from Donnybrook High School. She attended Minot Business College, which was an accomplishment for that time, and had wanted to pursue a secretarial career. Her first job was at The Minot Daily News, and later, while raising Judy and Joe, she was employed at Sears, Gold Bond Stamps and Shoppers Corner.
She found the love of her life at a dance when she was 18 years old. He was this handsome soldier, just back from World War II. They were married on Dec. 8, 1946, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minot. They made their first home in Burlington and later moved to Minot, where they resided at their home, raising their two children, Judy and Joe, enduring the infamous '1969' flood, and a life filled with love and laughter, until moving into Edgewood Vista Assisted Living in Minot in 2007. This past June, 2013, they moved to Good Samaritan Home in Bismarck to be near their children and grandchildren.
Betty loved to bake and entertain, was a wonderful hostess, often inviting friends and relatives for a delicious meal and lively debate. She loved a good conversation and was well versed in a wide array of topics, including politics and religion. She was the designated neighborhood Mom and was like a Betty Crocker and Ann Landers rolled into one. She was very talented with creating crafts and doing home projects. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Minot since 1946 and was active in Dorcas Circle, Trinity Auxiliary and the Eagles. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by: her husband, Mel; daughter, Judy (Gary) Olson, Maple Grove, Minn.; her son, Joe (Bonnie) Newman, Bismarck; granddaughters, Stephanie Olson, Plymouth, Minn., Pam (Mike) Hillis, Cordova, Tenn., Kerry (Billy) Ericksen, Mandan, Tim (Jen) Newman, Bismarck; four lovely great-granddaughters, Kiarra Folstrom, Cordova, Tenn., Bri Lyn Folstrom, Williston, Greta and Evy Newman Bismarck. She is also survived by a sister, Zola Mae Berg, Kenmare; sister-in-law, Leona Knower, Lakeville, Minn.; brother-in-law, Maurice Swanson, Williston; and by many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Lloyd and Charlie; sisters, Arlene Swanson and Lila Vandemark.
The family of Betty would like to thank the staff at Good Samaritan for their compassionate care.
Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association.
Funeral service: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Visitation: Friday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
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