Elizabeth "Betty" Getz Odegaard

Elizabeth L. Getz Odegaard, 88, Fargo, ND, passed away on May 3, 2015 at Villa Maria in Fargo under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Elizabeth Louise Lewis was born on May 28th, 1926 in Bismarck, ND.   She was the firstborn of Harry and Verna (Menge) Lewis. Betty spent her early years in Beulah, ND until the family moved to Bismarck.   She graduated from Bismarck High School in 1944 and recently celebrated her 70th high school class reunion! She attended Bismarck Junior College and North Dakota State University where she received a degree in Pharmacy in 1948. GO BISON!! Betty married Robert "Bob" Getz in June 1948 and they raised 3 children in McVille, ND. In 1962, they moved to Grafton, ND after purchasing their second drugstore. Bob died in a tragic car accident in 1968. Betty continued to work and manage the drugstores in Grafton, McVille, and Park River. In 1972, she married Doug Odegaard. Betty acquired additional drugstores in Larimore and Devils Lake. She ran for the ND House of Representatives and the ND State Senate in the 1970's. Her slogan for the state senate was "Ready for Betty". She was selected by Harvard University to attend their "Small Company Management Program". Betty was a member of the ND State Board of Pharmacy in the early '70's. Betty and Doug loved to travel and visited many European countries including the Soviet Union and the British Isles. Music was a very important part of Betty's life. She was also an avid sports fan. Betty loved spending time with family and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim Lewis; and sister, Marge Drosky. "Grandma Betty" is survived by husband, Doug Odegaard; her brother, Robert Lewis, Los Angeles, CA; her children, Linda Getz-Kleiman (Ted Kleiman) of Fargo, Bob (Lona) Getz of Fargo, and Lucinda (Susan Snyder) Getz of Seattle, WA; grandchildren - Marisa Larsen, Kathryn (Ron) Norby, Caleb (Amanda) Getz, Lucy (Jay) Jolstad; great-grandchildren - Dylan, Evan, Dominick, Koen, Max and Marley; stepchildren - Steve (Diane) Odegaard of Fargo, Lori (Mike) Sorteberg of Thief River Falls, MN, Julie (Brian) Hersch of Casselton, ND, David (Jan) Odegaard of West Fargo, ND, Dan (Lana) Odegaard of International Falls, MN and Doug (Michel Ann) Odegaard of St Petersburg, FL; grandchildren - Kali (Josh) Wachter, Chelsey Odegaard, Lisa (Ryan) Schlosser, Sean (Amanda) Sorteberg, Garrett Foss, Jordan and Chandler Hersch, Bailey and Katie Odegaard, Anders (Carissa), Gretta and Gunnar Odegaard, Samantha and Dakota Odegaard; great-grandchildren - Noah, Beau and Eli; Owen and Levi. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to CHI Riverview or Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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  1. We are saddened to hear of Betty’s passing. She was so much fun to visit with at the lake. Our heart felt sympathies go out to you all. May she rest in peace.

    Butch and Eileen Hastad

  2. Betty Getz was my second mom. I had the privilege to spend the year of 66/67 in Grafton, with the Getz family, as a foreign exchange student.
    In all these years we could re-meet several times. She and Linda attended my second wedding in Grafton in 2006. I was so pleased they were there. We met for lunch in Fargo last year with Doug and Betty and had a lot of fun.
    I will never forget you mom !
    Rick’s and my deepest feelings are with the Getz family and the Odegaard family.
    Betty and Rick Skaflen

  3. Liz,
    this a sad time for us & I just can see ya, saying: Judy it’s Ok, things will be all-right, it’s just part of life. You were my mentor, my mom, my sister and most of all my best friend…best camper, coffee friend. I learned more from you about life, the ups and downs. when I talked to you last, that the last couple of years, we were having coffee with you & Bud at 9:30 am everyday on TV…5-days a week….And you laughed, when I told you that Ron would just smile and wave Hi to both of you on TV…
    God Bless you girl for being you & how lucky we were to have you & Bud in our life’s…We Love YOU…
    Judy & Ron

  4. Linda and Ted:
    Please receive my most heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother.
    Manuel Otero.

  5. My best friend Betty, I will so much. I am so happy we celebrated our 70th high school class reunion last summer. It is hard to imagine a world without you, we have been friends for so long. My heart is broken at the loss of you. Doris “Do”.

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