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Published May 10, 2013, 12:00 AM

Betty Sorenson

Betty Lou Sorenson, 76, left this earth to meet her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at her home in Oakes, ND.

Betty Lou was the thirteenth child of Carl and Anna (Olson) Westrom, born on October 25, 1936 in Arne Township, Benson County, North Dakota. She attended school in Maddock, graduating from high school in 1955. She worked as a nanny for two years after high school in Sioux Falls. Betty met Gerald R. Sorenson, a young Marine soldier on a bus, returning from leave to his home in Harvey, North Dakota. Gerald R. Sorenson and Betty Lou Westrom were united in marriage at the North Viking Lutheran Church in Maddock, North Dakota on February 20, 1957. Jerry and Betty made their home in a variety of places due to Jerry's job with the Bureau of Reclamation including Bismarck, ND, Othello, WA, Loup City, NE, before moving to Oakes, in 1966. Betty worked for the Good Samaritan Center in Oakes for 27 years, before retiring to be the primary caregiver to her husband for 12 years before he passed away on January 12, 2001. Betty enjoyed crafts, puzzle solving and being with her family.

Betty Sorenson

Betty Lou Sorenson, 76, left this earth to meet her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at her home in Oakes, ND.

Betty Lou was the thirteenth child of Carl and Anna (Olson) Westrom, born on October 25, 1936 in Arne Township, Benson County, North Dakota. She attended school in Maddock, graduating from high school in 1955. She worked as a nanny for two years after high school in Sioux Falls. Betty met Gerald R. Sorenson, a young Marine soldier on a bus, returning from leave to his home in Harvey, North Dakota. Gerald R. Sorenson and Betty Lou Westrom were united in marriage at the North Viking Lutheran Church in Maddock, North Dakota on February 20, 1957. Jerry and Betty made their home in a variety of places due to Jerry's job with the Bureau of Reclamation including Bismarck, ND, Othello, WA, Loup City, NE, before moving to Oakes, in 1966. Betty worked for the Good Samaritan Center in Oakes for 27 years, before retiring to be the primary caregiver to her husband for 12 years before he passed away on January 12, 2001. Betty enjoyed crafts, puzzle solving and being with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Kari Sorenson (Amy Dailey), Fargo, ND and Kathy (Brian) Filbert, Stacy, MN; one son, Steven Gerald (Rachael) Sorenson, Harwood, ND; three granddaughters, Kayla Filbert, Gillian Sorenson and Lisa Sorenson; and one brother, Vernon (Lillian) Westrom, Tuscon, AZ. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Gerald Richard, her son, Ricky Dean, and daughter, Susan Kaye.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 10, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Oakes. Her funeral will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Oakes, with burial to follow at the Oakes View Cemetery. An on-line guestbook may be signed at www.dahlstromfuneralhome.com

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