Betty Anne Walde (Horn) joyously entered this life on January 2, 1938. Her beloved parents, Helmer and Bernice (Nelson) Horn, welcomed her to the world in Twin Valley, MN where she grew up with her four sisters. She had a happy childhood, surrounded by loving family, friends, and community. Throughout junior high and high school, she developed her musical giftedness through extensive involvement in choirs and musical productions. Her beautiful singing voice will echo in the hearts of her children always. Betty loved to dance during her high school years and could often be seen on weekends at community dances, kicking up her heels with school friends and her sisters. Betty graduated from Twin Valley High School in 1956. She maintained close friendships with the 48 members of her graduating class through the years, attending and enjoying immensely their regular reunions.
Betty worked as a stay-at-home mother, and for ten years (1977-1987) at the Barnesville Care Center in Barnesville, MN as their secretary/bookkeeper. She married Robert Walde of Dent, MN on June 13, 1987 and they have lived a rich and beautiful life together on their farm by Dent for the last 31 years. They worked their dairy farm together during these years, and from 2004-2015 Betty also worked at Service Food in Perham, MN.
Everyone who knew and loved Betty recognized the feisty Norwegian that she was. Fiercely independent and strongly opinionated, she took deep pride in living life simply, close to the earth as her father did. Betty worked alongside Bob on their dairy farm, an equal and involved partner and helpmate to him. She loved their farm, having always longed to live on a farm like that of her childhood. Betty also loved gardening, fishing, cooking, craft projects, and visiting with family and friends. And coffee- the “real” stuff only (like all good Norwegians), which, for her, could only be Folgers. She loved to laugh and tease, and her smile was luminous and beautiful.
Betty entered the loving care of Hospice of the Red River Valley on May 3rd, and in her home, surrounded by her family, she moved into her peace-filled, eternal rest on October 13, 2018. Betty leaves us without her incredible hamburger gravy, her glorified rice, her addicting lemon cake, her quick wit, and the assurance of her presence at the table watching her bird feeders, hand resting on her cup of coffee. Her grandchildren, her nieces, and her nephews will miss her hugs and the deep gladness that lit up her face when they visited her. Their memories are filled with her fishing instruction and adventures (including cleaning and cooking the fish) and of working beside her in the garden and on the farm. (And they will never forget to leave their shoes at the door!) Her dearly loved sisters will miss her regular calls, and they are left with the knowledge that there is now a hole in their circle of care for one another that has been part of their lives for over eighty years.
Left to cherish her are her dear loved ones: her beloved husband, Robert Frank Walde, Jr. of Dent; sons Kent (Janene) Holmberg of Salt Lake City, Utah, Douglas (Tracy) Holmberg of Duluth, Georgia, Mark (Susan) Kremer of Bryan, Texas, and Douglas (Trinidee) Kremer of League City, Texas; daughters Dawn Marie Holmberg of Duluth, Minnesota, Kathrine (Nathan) Johnson of Louisa, Virginia, and Linda (Bruce Berg) of Fargo, North Dakota; 19 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. She also leaves behind four beautiful sisters: Joyce Kindseth of Litchfield, Minnesota; Verna Grivno of Ada, Minnesota; Lucille Fuglseth of Fertile, Minnesota; and Kaye (Roger) Fetting of Fertile, Minnesota; and numerous nieces and nephews who were greatly loved by Betty. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her baby brother, Harvey, and grandson Augustine Carrillo.
A service celebrating the life of Betty is being planned for the springtime, date pending. May we who mourn know consolation, and may she rest in gentle and loving Peace…we love you, Betts.