PLENTYWOOD — Funeral services for Betty Eidsness will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8. Pastors Johnette Grefe and Kris Nyman will officiate at the service at Reserve Lutheran Church, with interment in Eden Valley Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Brian Brinkman, Brian Jacobsen, Tim Richardson, Arden Lund, Neil Andersen, Jens Nielsen, and Lee Swanson; Honorary Bearers will be William Soderholm, Michael Heinemeyer,
Kermit Dahl, David Engstrom, Brad Holm and Ken Merena. Clinton Lunde and David Patterson will serve as ushers. Betty died at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood Saturday afternoon, March 2; she was 83.
Betty Jean Johnson was born March 17, 1929, in Kylesford, Tenn., to Curtis and Addie Johnson. Her early life in the mountains of Tennessee was challenging for young Betty, especially after her mother died when the little girl was only 4. She joined her older sister Yvonne in Washington, D.C., where she met and married Chester Holje, a Sheridan County marine working close to his discharge point. Their son Carl was born in Alexandria, Va., in 1950. Betty joined Chet on the Holje farm north of Reserve, and their daughter Alethea was added to the family in 1952. Betty and Chet divorced and Betty married Allyn (Bud) Eidsness in 1953. Daughters Norma and Rhonda completed their family. Bud and Betty farmed west of Reserve until Bud's retirement.
Her great love was her garden, from which she canned vegetables to last throughout the winter. No church potluck in Reserve was complete until Betty's famous lima beans were placed on the table. Betty's love of cards was legendary. Whist, bridge or smear, she was first at the table when someone pulled out a deck of cards. Betty was happiest surrounded by her family. Her grandchildren remember many overnights with her, waking in the morning to southern-style biscuits and gravy, a happy reminder of her Tennessee home. Nothing pleased Betty more than to have the whole family home for the holidays. Her Christmas meals were amazing and she hosted this holiday for 50+ years. Friends and family alike, young and old, quaked when they were the recipient of "the Betty Look." After breaking her hip, Betty resided at LaCasa until her final illness.
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Betty is survived by her son, Carl Eidsness and his wife Larysa, of Reserve; grandson Allyn Eidsness and his companion Uli, who live in Germany and their daughter Tabea; and a granddaughter Margarita Eidsness of Costa Rica. She is also survived by her daughter, Norma Paulson of Reserve, granddaughter Kristin Kelm and her husband Randy, of Reserve, and their children Nolan and Keira; by grandson Ryan Nielsen and his wife Cristin of Butte, Mont., and their son, Kevin; and by her daughter Rhonda
Ashley and her husband Peter, of Contoocook, N.H. She is also survived by granddaughter Kelly Duke and her husband Jason of Billings, and their children Lauren and Brody; and by grandson Blaine Hancock of Medicine Lake, as well as by sisters Edna Wampler and Judy Young, and brother William Johnson.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband Allyn (Bud) Eidsness, daughter Alethea Hancock, son-in-law Kevin Paulson, and sisters Lucille Davis, Yvonne Mathena, and Alfreda Hundley.
Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood has charge of arrangements.