Betty Workin

betty workin
Betty Workin, formerly of Walcott, ND, died in Fargo in Sanford Palliative Care Center on November 22, after a two and a half year fight with leukemia. Betty Leann Gaye Rostad Workin was the youngest of three children born to Clara (Lokken) and Otto Rostad on January 5, 1940.  She grew up on a farm near Colfax where she also graduated from Colfax High School.  She attended Interstate Business College and worked at Dacotah Paper Co and FSA in Richland and Clay County.  Betty was united in marriage with Raydon Leon Workin on June 10, 1960 in Walcott, ND and raised three sons. Betty was a devoted and loving mother.  She was very proud of her family and was excited to become a Grandma to her five grandchildren.  Family get-togethers, holidays and any chance to spend time with her family was tops in her world.  She could teach you a card game at a drop of a hat, and when you tired of that game, she had another one up her sleeve. Her quiet, loving demeanor was visible at all sports and music activities that her sons and grandchildren participated in.  Freezing cold temps never stopped her from a football game, nor raindrops from a baseball game.  At the end of a game, her love for her sons and/or grandchildren always stood out as she waited her turn to give them a hug and kind words of support. In Betty’s words, life was a joy.  From her husband to extended family and friends, Betty had a way of making all feel welcome.  She and Ray traveled the world seeing Norway, The Panama Canal, Alaska, Hawaii and many more places.  When home, she traveled the rummage sale streets and golf courses.  In her daily life, she volunteered at Sanford, attended church activities, quilted and crocheted, and always had a good book handy.  We will miss our mom dearly, but we also know she has left a love in us compared to no other, and we will pass that love on through generations to come. Thankful for sharing her life is her husband of fifty-six years, Raydon.  Survivors include their two sons Lowell  (Lora), rural Walcott, ND, and their sons, James and Matthew; Leon (Beth), Eden Prairie, MN, and their sons, Alex and Aaron and daughter Kathryn; brother John Milo (Vonnie) Rostad, West Fargo, ND, sisters and brothers-in-law Madelyn Ulland, Richard Workin (Bunny), Marlys Workin, Arlene Klug, Francis (Bernie) Kyllo, David (Judi) Workin, Carol Baker, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by son, Joel; his companion, Paul Jenkins; her parents; brother, Kenneth Rostad; sisters-in-law Maxine Rostad and Avis Workin; brothers-in-law Marlowe Workin, Arland Workin, Hartman Ulland, Robert Baker; parents-in-law, Ben and Alma (Olstad) Workin. A huge thank you to Dr. Gross, his nurse Jeanne and the whole staff at Roger Maris and Sanford for the care our mom received during the past two and a half years. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Joel R. Workin Memorial Scholarship at or ELM at PO Box 14317; Chicago, IL 606148503, Roger Maris or your favorite charity. Betty’s family gratefully acknowledges your attendance and many kind expressions of sympathy.  We are touched and strengthened by the outpouring of concern and kind words and deeds.  In place of individual thank-yous, please accept our deepest gratitude.  Betty’s memory will be carried on through your gifts.

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  1. Raydon and family you all have our Deepest Sympathy. Loren and Ruth (Olstad) Stebleton. I remember how you would even come to Our Daughters concerts at Concordia. Betty was a wonderful person.

  2. We loved getting to know Betty during numerous baseball seasons. She was always delightful to visit with! You could see the spark in her eye and how much she enjoyed each and every game. She will be missed. Our hearts go out to you all.

    Mark and Carol Mitchell

  3. Betty was such beautiful woman inside and out. Growing up I loved staying with her on the Walcot farm. Her pantry “store” was all inspiring! She also had me forking up nickels for any eggs I broke while cleaning! What loving memories I will treasure of her loving ways and precious times spent together.

  4. To Ray, Lowell, Leon and families, my deepest condolences. She earth has lost a beautiful person, but heaven has gained another beautiful saint. All of you and I will cherish all the time she had with us. Great memories. She and Kathy are enjoying coffee time together.

  5. Betty is a wonderful Mom,Wife, relative and friend. She made everyone feel welcomed and love. So glad I am a relative so got a chance to know and love her. Loved her smile. Loved her!

  6. Ray and the entire Workin family,

    I am an old friend of Joel’s and so thankful to have known Betty. She lived a life filled with love and grace. I came away feeling blessed whenever I talked with Betty. The world is a better place because of her. Peace be with all of you in this time of great loss. Her death leaves a void that no one else can ever quite fill. But, she lives on in our hearts and in the heavenly realm.

  7. Ray and family, so sorry to hear about Betty. Praying that you sense His mercy especially now.
    Toni Gredesky

  8. Sincere sympathy to you Ray and family! I worked with Betty at the Wahpeton ASCS and enjoyed her friendship. Lovely lady!!

  9. I met Betty and Ray at PFLAG while living in Fargo. I always admired and appreciated the way both of you loved your gay son and the support you gave him, especially when he was ill. You are both special people and my sympathy goes to you, Ray, and your family. Martha DiCicco, now living in Colorado

  10. Let us remember before God, Betty and all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore and in a greater light. That multitude which no man can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom, in this Lord Jesus, we are forevermore one.
    Let us commend our sister Betty to the mercy God our maker and redeemer, Betty, our companion in faith and sister in Christ, We entrust you to God. Go forth from this world, in the love of the Father who created you, in the mercy of Jesus Christ who died for you, in the power for the Holy Spirit, who strengthens you. At one, with all the faithful, living and departed, may you rest in peace and rise in glory; where grief and misery are banished and light and joy evermore abide.

  11. Our lives were enriched mightily for having known you, from Guam to North Dakota. We will miss you a great deal. May you rest in peace and may you be welcomed into Heaven with the greatest fireworks show ever seen.

  12. So sorry for your loss. 🙏 Betty will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and for always being there at her sons and grandchildren’s events. She truly got more beautiful as she aged. She will be missed.

  13. Dear Ray and family, At this late date, I have just learned of Betty’s passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences. I first meet Joel while attending the 1987 LC/NA national assembly in North Hollywood, CA. This was my coming out. Being from Northern Minnesota and attending college in Moorhead, Minnesota, I soon came to know Betty and Ray through PFLAG and other mutual friends. Their parental love and strong faith touched my heart and my life in many profound ways. Joel and Betty’s legacy of faithfulness and loving outreach continue on in those whom they touched. In Betty’s memory, I am pleased to make a contribution to the Joel Workin Scholarship Fund at Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries. Blessed Be.

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