Betty Deane

Betty Elsie Deane

passed on Sept. 20, 2015,

at home under the care of

her children and Sanford

Hospice at age 92 in

Bismarck. Per her instruc

tions, Bismarck Funeral

Home completed an im-

mediate cremation, her

ashes will be scattered as

directed, and there will be

no formal funeral service.

A memorial service: is

being planned for 1 p.m.

Oct. 3 at the White Shield


Betty was born July 5,

1923, in New Brunswick,

N.J., to Alvah and Elsa

(Liebman) DuBois. Her

family later moved to the

Miami, Fla., area. She gra-

duated from Miami High

School in 1941, worked

for the Miami Herald, and

in 1946 moved to Califor-

nia to work for the San

Diego Union and Tribune

Sun. In 1947 she met and

married the love of her

life, Kenneth Deane, Sr.,

from Elbowoods and Six

Mile Creek on the Fort

Berthold Reservation. As

he was a career Navy Hos-

pital Corpsman, they lived

in various locations near

his base assignments or

while he was on sea duty:

New York City; Newport,

R.I.; Olathe, Kan.; Suffolk,

Va.; Key West, Fla.; Moor-

head, Minn.; Garrison;

Norway, Iowa. Upon

Kenneth’s 1964 retire-

ment, they returned to

Fort Berthold at White

Shield, where he passed

away in 1967.

Betty worked four years

at the White Shield

School District Library.

Later in life she appreciat

ed the fact that students

would approach and

thank her for assisting

with their reading and li-

brary skills. In 1969 she

continued her own edu-

cation, enrolling at the

University of Utah (Salt

Lake City), graduating

with a bachelor of arts de-

gree (1973) and a master’s

degree in manpower

management (1974). Her

father passed away in

1963, and in 1968 her

mother moved from the

east to live with her. Betty

worked for the Eastern

Wyoming Area Agency

on Aging in Douglas,

Wyo., (1978-80) and for

the County Of San Diego,

Calif., Aging Program

(1975-1978). She retired

from employment and

they moved back to Salt

Lake City, where she

cared for her mother until

her death in 1987, then

moved to her daughter

Dani’s residence, living in

Eagle Butte, S.D. Her son,

Victor, had moved from

California to join them. In

2013, with Betty being

near 90 and in the initial

stages of Alzheimer’s,

upon Dani’s BIA retire-

ment they moved to

Bismarck to be closer to

the area’s excellent medi-

cal services.

As noted, most of her

life Betty had traveled and

lived in many areas of the

country. After retirement

she continued to travel as

long as she was able, visit-

ing almost every state.

She made plane and car

trips to New York to visit

her daughter Denise’s and

son Ken Jr.’s families. She

made numerous interna-

tional trips to locations

such as Mexico, France,

Egypt, Greece, Canada,

Ireland, Turkey, the

Caribbean, the British

Isles, and other locations.

During 2014, Betty was

able to make limited trips

to White Shield and to the

State Fair. Betty was a

self-taught genealogist

who was able to trace her

family lineage to the

1500s in Europe. In addi-

tion, she traced her

relatives’ locations as they

fanned out after coming to

America. Betty was a long

time Boxing and MMA


When she developed

Alzheimer’s she was

working on her husband’s

family history. With her

late husband being a

career Navy man and her

father being a WWI Army

and WWII Navy veteran,

Betty was a Lifetime Le-

gion Auxiliary Member

and as an eligible widow

became an American As-

sociation of Navy Hospital

Corpsman member. In the

1960s she belonged to a

White Shield-area

Homemakers Club called

the “Buffalo Rock

Ramblers.” Being an only

child changed when she

came to North Dakota and

was accepted into a large

extended family as well as

by the White Shield Com-

munity. Betty cherished

her husband’s nieces and

nephews always referring

to her as “Aunt Betty,”

visiting her when possi-

ble, writing, and calling to

check on her. She was

especially close to niece

Connie Deane, who lived

with the family from time

to time. While living in

Salt Lake City, she met

Sandra Garber and they

began a lifelong friend-

ship. She “adopted” San-

dy as a sister. While living

in Salt Lake City, she also

met Ann McNaughton,

who also became a life-

long friend, whom Betty

adopted as a daughter.

Ann saved Betty’s life

after a heart attack.

She leaves behind: her

daughters, Dani Deane of

Bismarck and Denise

(Hollis) White of

Hogansburg, N.Y.; her

sons, Victor Deane and

Kenneth Deane, Jr. (Shel-

ly) of Bismarck; grandson,

Stuart (Doris) Deane of

Utica, N.Y.; grand-

daughter, Vicki Buchanan

of Las Vegas, Nev.;


Shawna Buchanan of Wil-

domar, Calif., and Sydney

Downey of Las Vegas,

Nev.; grandson, Nathan

(Kay) Shelltrack Jr. of

Solen; brother-in-law,

Matthew Mason;

sisters-in-law, Delores

(Howard) Wilkinson and

Kathy Real Bird; adopted

sister, Sandy (Les) Garber;

and adopted daughter,

Ann (Clark) McNaughten.

She is preceded in

death by: husband, Ken-

neth Deane Sr.; parents,

Alvah and Elsa DuBois;

father and mother-in-law,

William and Leona Deane;

brothers-in-law, Gerald

Deane, Victor Deane, Al-

bert Deane, and Russell

Mason; aunt, Cecilia

Brown; sisters-in-law,

Marcella White and Marie

Wells; son-in-law, Nathan

Shelltrack Sr.; and niece

Connie Deane.

Special thanks go out

to: Dr. Ron Tello at San-

ford Medical Center, who

was her physician for

many years and helped

her through many medi-

cal crises; Sanford Home

Health and Hospice staff.

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