Delphine "Dolly" Braaten


Dolly passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2010 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident, along with her sister, Harriet Selleys.

Delphine Anderson was born on July 19, 1933 in Edmore, North Dakota, the daughter of Harry and Sylvia (Idland) Anderson.  Dolly was united in marriage to Truman Braaten on September 18, 1950 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, North Dakota.  They were married for 58 years.  After 4 years in the military, they settled in Fargo.  They were members of Peace Lutheran Church where Dolly was involved with Circle, Altar Guild, and various volunteer programs through the church.  She was also active with AMVETS Auxiliary of which she was a life member.

Her family was her dearest accomplishment and she leaves 3 daughters, Trudi (Wayne) Dahl -and  their children, Brett (Jodee) Brown - and their children, Samantha, Nathaniel, Isaac, Jordan, Lucas, Heather (Eric) Glaesmann, Amber (Rob) Dietzmann - and their children Meggie and Kyle;   Jennifer( Jeff) Soland - and their children, Joshua, Jessica (Chris) Erickson; and  Melissa (Adam) Ochoa - and  their children, Sophia and Samuel.  Also surviving are her brother, Norman Anderson; her 5 sisters, Carol (Glenn) Wright, Marlys Anderson, Bernice (Ralph) Mackey, Shirley (Kermit) Stein and Sharon (Wes) Thompson; and her brother in law, Tom Selleys.

Dolly was preceded in death by her husband Truman; an infant son, Todd Alan; her parents; and sisters, Delores Sigwaldson and Harriet Selleys.

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  1. St. Cloud MN
    Missy~I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a wonderful lady. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


  2. west tawakoni texasWe will miss Dolly and the great phone calls. Also so sorry for the loss of Harriet. God bless and may you find comfort knowing how loved they were. Hard to find words to express.

  3. Amber and Heather, I am so sorry for your loss. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. I pray for peace and comfort in this nightmare. If you need anything, let me know.

  4. Fargo ND
    Missy, Jenny, Trudi, and families,

    We are so very sorry for your loss. It is very hard to put into words what a special lady your Mom was. We grew up knowing your Mom and always admired how she gave her time and talents to help people and she set a good example for everyone to follow.

    It was always nice to visit with Dolly because she gave good solid advice and I don’t think I ever saw her in a bad mood…always a smile and glad to see you.

    If there is anything you guys need in the coming days, weeks, and months, we are only a phone call away. Take care and God bless.

    Fernando, Amy, and Jordan Ochoa

  5. Seligman MOTrudi, I am was so sorry to hear about you loss. No words can comfort only time helps take away the pain and brings us to a place where we can remember the good times and know that our loved ones are still with us even when their body is gone. My prayers will be with you and your family.

  6. Missy & Adam:

    So sorry for your loss. My heart dropped when I saw her picture in the paper.
    Please know that I am praying for your family as you go through this difficult time.
    Take care-
    Shane, Beth, Abbi & Daymon Vrem

  7. Federal Way Wa.So sorry you lost your mother. Dolly was a wonderful friend, we both worked at Welu Dental Lab in 1962. She was so full of life and fun to be with. May God bless you and all your families. Isabel

  8. Glendale AZ
    Dear Family Members: We are so saddened by this news. Dolly was a wonderful person and such a good friend to Alice. Alice loved and looked forward to Dolly’s visits and the many card games they played. Our love and deepest sympathy to each of you. Alan and Pat Burckhard Glendale, Arizona

  9. To Missy and her family:

    Your mother was truly a kind hearted woman. My family sends their thoughts and prayers to your family.

    Tony, Bobbi, AJ and Matt Limer

    Ken and June Smith

  10. Dilworth Minnesota
    Missy and Adam – Louie and I were so sorry to hear about you Mom and your Aunt. We just found out about it today so we were unable to make it to the funeral. We just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Fargo ND
    To Jenny and her family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I can’t image what you must be going thru, but hope you know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    May God bless you and help you through this difficult time.

    Sincerely your friend,


  12. Bernice and family,

    So sorry to hear of the death of your sister, Dolly. My condolences go out to you all.

    Maxine(Olga and Robert Martinson’s kid)

  13. Lincoln ND
    Jenny and family,
    I am so very sorry to hear about your loss. When we were growing up your mom was always so happy and generous to all of us. Words cannot express how a person can feel in a time like this just know we are thinking of you and hold close to your family and friends to get you through these hard times.

  14. Sandy Lake Manitoba, CanadaTrudi, Jennifer, and Missy,

    I was saddened to read of your mother’s untimely death. Your folks were really nice people and I always enjoyed visiting with them – whether is be in the backyard or at the VFW.

    DeeJae Harlow

  15. Your mom always had a smile on her face that we will never forget. She was a wonderful lady and Rod and I will never forget the laughs we had with her at the bowling alley or out and about. She will be missed by many.

  16. CORAOPOLIS PADEAR FAMILY BOB AND I are so sorry for your loss. dolly was very special and a wonderful person. She was such awonderful friend to our Mom,Bertha. Inpsalms it saya to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.I just want you all to know how loved she was by us and our prayers are with you.

  17. Pittsburgh PATo the family of Dolly Braaten,

    We are so sorry for your loss, we will miss her too. She was a very special lady and she meant alot to us.
    She was so special to my mother Bertha, and I know that they are together in heaven.

    I will be praying for all of you, including
    Harriet’s family.

    God bless you all and give you his peace.

    Love, kathie and hamilton gambaro

  18. Carrington We cannot understand how a tragidy like this can happen. When I talked to her last Tuesday and am so glad to have ended our conversation with ” I love you and take care”. We will miss her deeply.
    To you all we express out deepest sympathy. You are all in our prayers and hope you will find peace.

    We love you all dearly. See you on Monday

    Fred & Val

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