Beverly Marlene Haugen was born November 1, 1934, in rural Karnak, North Dakota to Martin and Borghild (Foyen) Haugen. She was the oldest of 3 children. She attended rural grade school in Greenfield township and then boarded in Hannaford for high school. She married John Francis, Jr. August 1, 1951, and together they raised 4 children- Jerome, Jeanine, Mark and Peter on a farm in Helena township. John passed away June 8, 1999. Bev loved entertaining at her farm home and cooking and baking for her family and guests was something that brought her great joy. She is well remembered for her brownies, donuts, pies, hot fudge and knefla soup. Bev also loved decorating her house especially for Christmas. She even started collections for the rest of the family with Santas and nativity sets (some of which she painted herself). Bev was very active in Union Lutheran Church serving as the Sunday School Superintendent for many years, an active member of the Ladies Aide and sexton of Union Cemetery. Starting in 1974, Bev went to work as a CNA at the Griggs County Nursing Home. This job and the people she worked with brought her much satisfaction for more than 30 years. But being a grandmother was her all time favorite job. She was a caring and loving grandma who took great pride in her grandchildren and certainly never hesitated letting others know of all their talents. Bev married Andrew (Jim) Jacobsen in the fall of 2002. The two of them traveled around the country and eventually settled in Mesa, AZ for the winters and the ND farm in the summers. After Jim died in 2018, Bev continued to make Mesa her permanent home. Bev passed away on Sept. 2, 2021, at Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, AZ. She is survived by her 3 sons: Jerome Francis of Hannaford, ND, Mark (Arlene) Francis of Harwood, ND and Peter (Kelly) Francis of Williston, ND; son-in-law Jerome Lureen of Fargo, ND; brother Michael (Jan) Haugen, Fargo, ND; eight grandchildren: Jacob (Megan) Lureen, Janae Lureen, JoVanae (Matt Kulesa) Lureen, Anthony (Kari) Francis, Casaundra Francis, Heather (Justin) Fraley, Nick (Kala) Francis, Brenda Francis, several great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, several nieces and nephews and good friend Ruthie Dahl. She was preceded in death by her parents Martin and Borghild Haugen, foster sister Erica Thompson, husband John Francis, daughter Jeanine Lureen, brother Jack Haugen and husband Jim Jacobsen. Funeral services will be Saturday, September 25 at 1:00 PM in the Union Church, rural Cooperstown, ND. Visitation will be one hour before services in the Church. Interment will be in the Union Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. To sign the online guest book, please visit our website at

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  1. To Mark and Family. Felt bad when I saw mom had passed away. Hope she didn’t,t lay and suffer. I talked to her on the phone after she had been to NorthDakota and she said she was so lonesome. I told her she should move back here but she said down there was her home. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all. I am crippled up so don,t leave home often but with contact you again down the road.Sincerely Ruthie Asmus

  2. So sorry to hear of the passing of Aunt Bev, she loved her family and traditions so much, grateful she shared it with my family. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone. Eileen Haugen & family.

  3. Sending condolences to Bev’s family and friends. It seems like Bev was part of our family for a short time, but I’m thankful for the time she and Daddy (Jim) enjoyed in their later years. Connecting with Bev over coffee and treats was a true joy and getting to know her was a privilege.
    Warmest thoughts and prayers during this time of grieving.

  4. I admired Bev and John as they raised their beautiful family and contributed significantly to our rural neighborhood. Then, years later when she married my brother Jim, I was blessed to call her my sister-in-law.
    Beverly is greatly missed!

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