Betty Lou (Abraham) Peterson

Betty Lou (Abraham) Peterson, 89, of Bowman, ND, quietly passed away the morning of Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Southwest Health Care, Bowman, ND. Funeral services for Betty will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29, at Bowman Lutheran Church with Pastor Renee Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Beach Lutheran Cemetery around 2:00 p.m. Friends are welcome.

Betty was born on January 3, 1930, to Olaf and Charlotte (Doblar) Abraham in Sentinel Butte, ND. Betty Lou married Norris Peterson on July 7, 1948. They have four children Noreen Elichuk, Marsha Peterson, Allan Peterson and Rodney Peterson; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Betty was a treasure to all who knew her.  She was heavily involved in numerous organizations within Bowman including the Homemakers Club, 4-H, Circle, the quilting group at Bowman Lutheran Church, and was a volunteer at the Cedar Chest.  She hosted numerous visitors at coffee time in the neighborhood, hence a doorbell on the front and back door.  Additionally, she was a great cook, somewhat creative at times. She made great lefse for Christmas, divinity for various fundraisers, lemon merengue pie using fresh lemons from Arizona for dessert after dinner and supper, and caramel rolls that rarely lasted more than a day despite how many were made.  What did she create?  Ever heard of Green-Tomato Pie?

Betty enjoyed her family, neighbors, friends, camping, cards (whist and pinochle being a couple favorites), traveling (Alaska and Norway were her and Norris’ big adventures), knitting and hosting Yahtzee games. She enjoyed sharing updates about her nieces and nephews – where they were and what they were doing.  Her friends and family knew her as a prankster including a couple instances of julebukking in her younger years. Betty and Norris, with George and Caroline Weiler, co-owned the Tastee Freez for five years. She and Norris attended their children’s school events including all home and away games, band and chorus concerts, and summer band trips. Betty enjoyed numerous family camping adventures to the Black Hills of South Dakota. As their grandchildren grew, Betty and Norris sent handmade Christmas Ornaments made of common household materials to each child until they reached 12 years old. 

Betty is survived by her children Noreen (Terry) Elichuk of Eden Prairie, MN, Marsha Peterson of Eden Prairie, MN, Allan (Cindy) Peterson of Moses Lake, WA, Rodney (Janet) Peterson of Frederick, MD, eight grandchildren(Brandon Elichuk, Darcie (Kurt) Rooney, Troy Peterson, McKenzie (Jon) Lamb, Kacie Peterson, Tyler Peterson, Brady Peterson, Chad Peterson), one great-grandchild (Theodore Peterson) and numerous nieces and nephews that she cherished deeply. Betty is preceded in death by her husband Norris, her mother Charlotte and father Olaf Abraham, and her brothers, Harold, Kenneth, Gerald and Duane Abraham.

Krebsbach and Kulseth Funeral Services in charge of the arrangements.

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