Betty Anne Emery Halverson, age 90, passed away at Bethany Retirement Living on  Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Betty Emery was born on November 17, 1923 at Gardner, ND to Freda and Carl Emery.  The Emery family farmed in the Gardner area. She was baptized and confirmed at Nora Lutheran Church at Hendrum. Betty graduated from Gardner schools where she participated in music, drama, track, and played on the girls basketball team.

After graduating, she moved to Fargo and worked at Nabisco, and later at Honeywell in Minneapolis.

Betty was married to Irwin (Irv) Halverson in 1945 and they settled in Fargo.  Betty was a stay-at-home Mom until her children were in school.  She worked part-time at the neighborhood grocery store, before going to work for deLendrecies and Herbergers department stores for 31 years retiring in 1989. She was a long-time member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Betty and Irv were active in the Fargo VFW and volunteered their time at the VA hospital.  Betty and Irv were great dancers and loved playing cards or cribbage with friends.  Most of their travels were to visit relatives, however they had one very memorable trip to Hawaii, where they visited Pearl Harbor and paid their respects to brother John, who perished aboard the USS Arizona. Irv passed away in 1994.

Betty is survived by her sons, Ronald Halverson of St. Louis Park, MN; and Robert Halverson of Antelope, CA; her daughter, Connie (Mike) Walsh of Fargo; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; her sister, Jean Emery of Fargo; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Betty had 3 sisters and two brothers - both brothers, Robert and John, died in WWII at the age of 23. Her sisters, Esther Bjornson of Milton, ND and Helen Mulvaney of Fargo, preceded her in death.

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  1. APO AEGrandma,
    Thank you for the memories, for the laughter, and your unconditional support and love. You will be missed.

    Love Jare

  2. Sioux Falls SDConnie & Mike, Bob and Ron–my deepest sympathy to all of you and your families. Your Mom was such a hard working and loving person. She always welcomed me to her home–which was a lot in my childhood years. A second home where I knew there was always a smile and a hug. She always asked if I wanted to eat with you guys. She was such a gem. God will welcome her with open arms.

    Love you guys,

    Rod and Ruth

  3. Fargo NdHeavenly Father hold her in your arms and give her peace and comfort, thank you for the life she shared with us and the many blessings she brought this family and all who knew her.

    In your name I pray….

    ~Ginger Ryan Gunnar Kelsey and Jake

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