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Betty Trom

August 01, 1921 - March 27, 2018

Funeral Service - Tuesday

April 03, 2018
- 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo

Visitation - Tuesday

April 03, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo


Davenport Cemetery in the Spring


Boulger Funeral Home

Betty Trom

August 01, 1921 - March 27, 2018


On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Betty Marie Trom, 96 – wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother – went to her heavenly home. Privileged to go through her journey with her were her husband of nearly 65 years, Orville, and her children, son Doug Trom and daughter Dianne (Richard) Hanson. Betty’s gentle spirit will live on through the lives of her 5 grandchildren – Paula Trom, Ryan (Jackie) Trom, Liann (Marty Williams) Hanson, Jessica (Damion Rassier) Hanson, and Jana (Kevin McComb) Hanson; and her 8 great-grandchildren – Andrew, Emily, Mason, Cora, Wesley, Isobel, Evelyn, and Traeger.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at Boulder Funeral Home in Fargo, with visitation at 1:00.

Betty Marie Cockerill was born in Richfield, NE on August 1, 1921 to Leon and Eva (Martin) Cockerill. She had three brothers: Robert (Marge), Jude (Helen), and Dean (Peggy). Betty’s mother died when she was 10, and her father later remarried Irene (Bradsbury) Cockerill. From this, Betty had two sisters: Phyllis (Erv Stuckle) and Nancy (Lynn Nelson). Betty graduated from Papillion High School in Nebraska in 1938 and later that year moved with her family to North Dakota. She was united in marriage to Orville Trom on December 16, 1944. The family settled in the Davenport, ND area, first in town and later on a farm.

Betty spent her life helping others. She was a dedicated mom and wife. Meals were always made from scratch and served with love, whether that was a meal for her children, her large extended family, or to the men helping in the fields. Grandchildren always knew where to find the candy and were encouraged to jump on beds as Betty had done as a young girl. Betty loved warm laundry and ironing clothes. In addition to raising children, Betty also served her community as the president of the Davenport Lutheran Church Ladies Aid and as the president and vice-president of the Davenport School PTA. Known for her excellent cooking, Betty will also be remembered for making 150 popcorn balls for the local Christmas tree lighting with Santa. Betty was an active and proud Republican her entire life.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, parents, siblings, brothers and sisters-in law, Dick Trom, Bev and Lowell Simonson, William Lechner and a grandson. Betty is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and special sister-in-law, Geraldine (Jeri) Lechner. Special thanks to the wonderful staff at Glenn’s Place at Edgewood Vista in Fargo, her second home.

Memorials preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley or Davenport Cemetery Fund.

This quote by Helen Keller sums up her family’s feelings as they grieve: What we once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.


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9 responses to “Betty M. Trom”

  1. larry pietsch says:

    so sorry for he family’s loss . larry

  2. Jon and Phyllis Hanson says:

    We are sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Our condolences to Dianne and her brother Doug and to their families.

  3. Jon and Phyllis Hanson says:

    We are sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. Our sympathies to Dianne and Doug and to their families.

  4. Tim & Angie Berg says:

    So sorry for your families loss. She was an amazing lady! I will always remember helping you guy harvest & seeing the suburban coming down the road @ lunch time & supper time. Betty would pretty much set up a 4 course meal. Chairs & a card table. She would have enough food to feed an army & always worried she didn’t have enough for everyone. Everything was homemade from the pies to cookies to the bread. Prayers

  5. Merle and Sue Meszaros says:

    Dianne, Doug and family,

    We all knew that this day would come but it is never easy to have someone we care about leave us. I’m sure that Betty had a great time visiting and playing with her grandchildren. I probably wouldn’t have recognize Doug. He has changed a lot over the years.

    If you remember Dianne, when we were about 4 or 5 years old Nancy, you and I use to play together. I’m sure that the two of you dressed me up in one form or another.

    Whenever we would make the journey from Colorado to Davenport I would always stop by to visit with Ordy and Betty. After Ordy passed I would call Betty to see how she was doing. We had some very interesting conversations and I kept up with Doug and your families. The Trom family was always close to our family.

    Thank you very much for keeping me up to date with Betty’s situation. She was a very warm and loving person. Hope to visit with you and your family again soon. Our deepest sympathy is sent to you and your families.

  6. Cheri Olday says:

    Doug and family, so sorry for the loss of your MOM- she was such a sweet lady!
    Cheri Henderson Olday

  7. Nancy and Terry Peterson says:

    To the Hansen and Trom family,

    So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the thoughts and prayers being sent to you during this difficult time.

  8. Ausk Family says:

    Doug & Families,
    So sorry for your loss!!!
    The Ausk Family

  9. Rosalee Trom Forkner says:

    Dear Dianne, Doug and your families.
    Deepest sympathies on the loss of your Mom. Rejoice in all the good memories including all the Trom
    get-togethers over the years. It was always fun to see Ordy & Betty; they were a team.
    With love and prayers.

    Rosalee Trom Forkner

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