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Betty Jensen

June 28, 1931 - July 20, 2013


Friends can call at 10 AM Monday, July 29, 2013 at Congregational Church UCC, 900 Lake Avenue, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Funeral Service:

Memorial Service will begin at 11 AM Monday, July 29, 2013 at Congregational Church UCC , 900 Lake Avenue, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Betty Jensen

June 28, 1931 - July 20, 2013


Mary E. “Betty” Jensen, 82, of Fargo, formerly of Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids, Minn., died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Elim Rehab & Care Center, Fargo, where she had resided since November 2010.

Before joining the Elim community because of declining health, Betty, as she was known by everyone, had previously lived in 12 different communities in Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas and North Dakota during her lifetime.  This was largely because of promotions and transfers received by her husband when he was employed more than 25 years by the former Northwestern Bell Telephone Company.  

She prided herself on adapting to new homes, making many new friends along the way and helping her children adjust to new schools.      

Betty was born June 28, 1931, in Valentine, Neb. to Robert and Luella (Armstrong) Reid. The family later moved to Sioux City, Iowa, where Betty graduated from East High School in 1949. She married Donald L. (Don) Jensen on Nov. 3, 1951, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. After Don served four years in the U.S. Navy submarine service, the couple returned to Sioux City where he joined Bell Telephone as a lineman.  Several years later he was transferred to Sheldon in northwestern Iowa.    

In 1962 the couple had a yearning to operate a resort, which led them to the west side of Rush Lake near Perham, Minn. For about five years, Don and Betty, along with their three young children operated Hidden Haven Resort.

When they sold Hidden Haven so Don could re-join Bell Telephone, Betty packed up and the family moved to Brainerd, Minn., for one school year. Don was soon promoted into Bell management and the family moved to Park Rapids, Minn., for one school year. That was followed by another promotion to Detroit Lakes where the family put down some roots for 10 years. Their children all graduated from Detroit Lakes Senior High School, and Don and Betty became active in the community, which included Lions, Welcome Wagon and a duplicate Bridge club.  In the 1970s, Betty also worked for Lakeland Cable TV, the first company to provide such service in Detroit Lakes.   

Betty and Don later moved to Plymouth, Minn., where Don finished his career with Bell Telephone.  They returned to Park Rapids and built a house on South Long Lake, and Betty worked at Woodstock North in neighboring Dorset for about five years. Their love for all things Dorset led them to move again to another home nearby on Lake Ojibway.  

After spending winters in Arizona and California, Don and Betty surprised their families by moving permanently to the year-round warmer climate of Georgetown, Texas.  Several years after Don died in Georgetown in 2001, Betty moved back north to her son’s home on South Lake Lida near Pelican Rapids. There she was able to reconnect with long-time friends in the area. When her health began to decline, Betty returned to Detroit Lakes for several years before one last move to Elim Care Center.

She is survived by one sister, Florence “Flo” Miller of Cuero, Texas; sons, Mike (MaryBeth) of Little Falls, Minn., and Mark (Sonja) of Fargo; one daughter, Kathy (Andy) Anderson of Blythe, Calif., six grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one nephew and four nieces.


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  1. Keith and Joy Tellekson says:

    Prior Lake MN
    We were saddened to hear of Betty’s passing. We have been close friends of Betty and Don in years past but lost touch after she moved into the care center. We have many good memories of times we spent together, both in Minnesota
    and in Arizona.

    Betty was a wonderful person and friend. We’ll miss her.

  2. Gwendolyn Block says:

    Park Rapids Minnesota
    I was so sad to read in the Enterprise of Betty’s death. We were such good friends for many years. We visited Betty and Don in AZ
    one year and in TX another year. They stayed at our place on Little Sand Lake one year. Betty and I had many friends in common. She was such a caring, friendly, lovely, smart, witty, classy woman. I lost touch with her when we began to spend 7 months a year in San Diego and only returned to Park Rapids for the summer when our property was filled to capacity with our far flung family. I will never forget her. She was truly a very special lady. My thought and prayers go out to her dear family. How she loved all of you!! She talked about all of you a lot. Love, Gwen Block

  3. Gary and Barbara Hulst says:

    Sioux City IowaDear Mike, Mark, Kathy and Family,

    So sorry to hear of your moms passing. Such a great lady. Always had great visits with her (and your dad) when they came to visit in Sioux City. Know your parents had such a close friendship over the years with Marlyn and Lois, and lots of good memories. Your mom also shared some great recipes that we will continue to enjoy. Our prayers will be with you as we are thinking of you and your family.

    Gary and Barbara Hulst

  4. Claudette Ostlund says:

    Omaha NEBetty and I have been friends since I worked for Don in Park Rapids MN
    in 1967. We always stayed in contact, no matter where we each lived. A true friend through thick and thin!

    I saw her at the Elim Center on July 11th, I was at Pioneer House spending the day with a relative of mine. I am here for my relatives funeral on Monday, in Fargo at the same time her service is in Detroit Lakes. Sorry I won’t be there to say good-bye to my forever friend.

  5. tom wood says:

    Council Hill OklahomaBetty and I go back a long way. My earliest memory goes back to her high school days and the night her father died. She rushed up to our house to be with my Aunt Lois, one of her best friends in Sioux City, IA.

    But most of my good memories will always be of us developing and operating Woodstock North Giftshop and Tearoom in Dorset Mn. together.

  6. Jamie and Marcia Goodyear says:

    Fargo ND
    We were lucky enough to have Betty as a neighbor at the lake. She always had a twinkle in her eye as she waved hello and took the time to chat, always interested in what we had done the previous week. She loved to talk about her children and grandchildren and how proud she was of them. She knew she was blessed to have such a caring family. After Betty moved to Elim, we still got to visit with her and she still had a twinkle in her eye. We, along with the many many friends you’ve made over the years, will miss you Betty.

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