BETTY JEAN NOLBY

Betty Nolby webphotoBetty Jean Nolby, of Champlin, formerly of Braham, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at her home. She was 76 years old.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the Servant of Christ Lutheran Church of Champlin (740 East Hayden Lake Rd). A time of visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service.

A VISITATION will be held from 2-4pm on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home with a 3:30 prayer service.

SPRING INTERMENT will be at the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.

Betty Jean Nolby, of Champlin, formerly of Braham, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at her home after a courageous struggle with cancer. She was 76 years old.
Betty Jean was born on April 21, 1933 to parents Raymond (Roy) and Jennie (Eva) Frances (Stephens) Hult in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the age of ten, Betty and the family moved to the Braham area where she attended school and graduated from Braham High School in 1951. While in school she met and married her sweetheart, Robert Kenneth Nolby in the spring of 1951 in Iowa. Bob served in the Air Force from 1949 to 1971 and Betty and the family lived on bases in Alaska, Florida, Europe, New Mexico, Montana, and Illinois. During these years, Betty worked while raising their six daughters. The family returned to Braham in the early 70’s and moved around Minnesota before settling in Champlin in 1977. Betty began working for Hennepin County in child protection services until her retirement in 1995. She then worked part time for Dayton’s in the gift wrapping department.
Betty’s faith was very important to her. In 1978 she became a member of Servant of Christ Lutheran Church and was involved in many activities such as: bible studies, BSF, Scandinavian Tea, quilting groups, prayer chains, Alpha training, and she also served on the church council for a number of years. During her life she was able to make pilgrimages to Medjugorje (1989 and 1992) and to Israel (2006).
Betty had many interests, including sewing, shopping for and collecting antiques, outings with the Red Hat’s, Book Club and practicing her Scandinavian heritage making lefsa, lutefisk, krumkeke, and tea. But her greatest love was her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Even when she became ill, she would be present at her grandchildren’s events. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bob, and great granddaughter Madison Johnson.
Betty is survived by her daughters Cheri (Dudley) Johnson of Thief River Falls; Robyn (Robert) Mahlberg of Andover; Bonnie (Patrick) Perro of Duluth; Jennie (Roman “Buddy”) Kruzel of Howard Lake; Jody (Kerry) Schoer of St. Francis; and Bobbi (Joel) Varichak of Shoreview; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; brother Samuel “Buddy” (Barbara) Hult of Clear Lake; and sister Ellen (Kenny) Evenson of Braham; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at Servant of Christ Lutheran Church of Champlin with Pastor Eric Walbolt presiding. A time of visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at church, and from 2-4 pm on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham with a 3:30 Prayer Service. A Spring Interment will be held at Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham. Arrangements are with the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.

7 guestbook entries for BETTY JEAN NOLBY

  1. Karen & Jerry Romness January 4, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    To Betty’s family,
    We have all lost a wonderful lady who greatly loved her friends and family and was a spiritual mentor and prayer warrior for many of us. We so enjoyed being in Bible study with Betty and appreciated the insights she shared from her own study and travel. We will surely miss her and are comfoted by the blessed assurance that she is now in perfect peace with our Lord and Saviour. Please know that we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May your many memories be a comfort to you at this difficult time.

    With deep sympathy and in His Love,
    Jerry & Karen Romness

  2. Debbie and Darin Androsky January 4, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy. ~Author Unknown

  3. Jerry & Shirley Sanders January 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    To Betty’s family
    We will miss Betty’s smile and her constant faith in our Lord. She has been such a cornerstone of faith at Servant of Christ. Betty’s faith was so unwavering and she made our faith stronger for it. We are so thankful that we have known Betty for so many years. We have no doubt that she is at home with all her family and friends and her Lord and Savior.

    With our deepest sympathy and God’s love
    Jerry & Shirley Sanders

  4. Kelley & Jackie Jackson January 5, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Bonnie, we are so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing, it never seems to be time to say goodbye to someone you love so deeply. Do not hesitate to ask, if there is anything that we can do to make this difficult time any easier and be comforted by all of the wonderful memories you have shared.

    Kelley and Jackie Jackson

  5. Martha Haavisto January 7, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope the memories of your mother help you through this difficult time. I worked with Betty in Child Support in Hennepin County and she was always so upbeat and had the most infectious laugh. She always was smiling and you could tell she loved life and her family!

  6. Joe & Janet Pipp January 8, 2010 at 10:30 am #

    To Betty’s Family,
    We will miss Betty very much – Her faith and her sharing that faith with us (and so many others), her humor, her laugh, her smile, her caring thoughtful and gentle ways…. She was always a shining example of God’s love and grace. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
    In Christ’s Love,
    Joe & Janet Pipp

  7. Karen (Johnson) Fallstrom January 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Bobbi,

    Sorry to read of your Mom’s passing in the Champlin-Dayton Press yesterday. I have fond memories from our Jr. High days of your Mom & being at your house in Champlin – it’s odd that every time I am at the corner of 117th & W. River Road the one thing I remember is your old house. Praying that you and your family are surrounded by loved ones as you celebrate your Mom’s glorious Homegoing and that the Peace of God can be felt by each one of you.

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