VeeAnn Backes (Joyer), age 80, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 19, 2018 in the loving community of Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo, N.D.
VeeAnn was born on December 10, 1937 in Minot, N.D. to Lloyd and Anne Joyer. VeeAnn attended the University of North Dakota, earning a degree in Business Education.
A beauty, she modeled for Dayton’s department store in the 1950s. She married Norman Backes in 1961, and while putting him through law school, taught at the Grand Forks Airforce base. She worked as a loan officer for Gate City Savings and Loan, and then for 19 years assisting 7 presidents at American Crystal Sugar in Moorhead, MN.
She was an active member of the Fargo Junior League, and the First Presbyterian Church.
VeeAnn lovingly raised her children and supported them always, providing advice, both wanted and unwanted throughout her life. She was fiercely intelligent in a time when smart women didn’t have the opportunities they have now. She was a master duplicate bridge player, an exceptional bowler, an avid golfer and a tennis player. She was a loyal wife and mother who modeled hard work, honor and the Scandinavian principles of thrift and a stoic love that we all understood had no end.
VeeAnn is survived by her loving husband, Norman Backes of Fargo, her sister Constance Williams (Scottsdale, AZ), her children Brian Backes (Diane), Lakeville, MN, Andrea Backes (Jim Jeffery), St. Paul, MN and Bradley Backes (Kristina Burow), San Francisco, CA, and grandchildren Nick, Darby, Alev, Noah, Vivienne, Otto and Zella.
Condolences should be sent to Norman Backes, 722 Southwood Drive, Fargo, N.D. 58103. We suggest memorials be directed to Dr. Keith Josephs’ research program in Primary Progressive Aphasia at the Mayo Clinic.
A Gathering will be held from 5 – 6:30 PM on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo, with a Memorial Service beginning at 6:30 PM.