Frances I. BittnerFrances Ilene Klevgaard was born January 20, 1940, in Twin Valley, MN, to George and Signora (Volness) Klevgaard. She was raised in Felton, MN, where she graduated from high school. She later attended Josef's School of Hair Design in Fargo, ND.
Frances married Don Hatfield on January 28, 1961, in Felton, and they lived in Fargo for a time before moving to Moorhead, MN. She worked as a hairdresser and later as a waitress in Fargo.