Betty 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.