Betty Evenson

Betty Whitmore Evenson, 88, Velva, passed away after a short illness on the 11th of May in the presence of all her children at a Minot hospital.

Betty was born in Stanley on March 5, 1926, to Bill and Nellie Whitmore, grew up in the Great Depression, and was married in 1946 to a local veteran, John Gray. They had five children together before his untimely death in 1953.

In 1960 she married Everett Evenson, also of Stanley, and they had a child and raised their family in Stanley until a new job took them to Velva in 1969, where she lived until her passing. Betty and Everett also lived in Sidney, Mont., for a short time.

Grandma Betty couldn’t have ever been happier than watching her grandsons play football, basketball and baseball for the Velva Aggies. She was their No.1 fan.

Betty has spent the last five winters in Surprise, Ariz. Betty loved the sun, spring training games, and watching the planes fly over from Luke Air Force Base. It was warm months of family gatherings, game nights and making fond memories. She would be more than happy to take your money in a high stakes Blitz card game!

She traveled through the years to Alaska, Florida, and everywhere in between celebrating graduations, college graduations, weddings, births of all of her grandchildren, holiday celebrations, and getting to know all her great-grandchildren. If there was a family gathering she was going to be there.

And then there was the love/hate relationship with the Minnesota Twins! She was an avid fan for years. She kept her own score book while watching at the kitchen table. If a Twins game was on, you knew where she would be.

If you happened to stop over in the morning for a cup of coffee she would always be working on a crossword puzzle. This became a family tradition that continued with her grandchildren, and she was always kind enough to let you think you helped her with an answer!

She is survived by: two siblings, Bill Whitmore ( Anna Marie) and Donna Brown (Bill ) and six children, Cindy Irmen (Dan), of Soldotna, Alaska, Jackie Wold (John), of Phoenix, Ariz., Mike Gray (Susan), of Denver, Colo., Mary Sue Simmerman (Jack), of Rock Springs, Wyo., Gwen Colby (Butch), of Voltaire, and Holly McKibben (Kevin), of Haymarket, Va.; 19 grandchildren, Jessica Irmen (Tommi) Drum, Ashley Irmen, Jake Wold (Angie), Andrea Romano, Laura Gray, Angela Wacha (Scott), Eric Gray, Kalan Giniger, Andy Giniger, Emmi (Jack) Slater, Abbie (Myron) Gunyon, Ross Colby, Blake Colby, Conner Colby, Michael ( Jennifer) McKibben, Theresa (Allen) Caraher, Jennifer (Wes) Dautrich, Stephanie (Jason) Campbell, Brian (Melissa) McKibben. Each will miss their annual birthday card and holiday card as Betty would never miss a celebratory date. She is also survived by 18 great-grandchildren, Alexa, Camden, Logan, Avery, Lucas, Lynlee, Jonas, Cash, Eowyn, Ashur, Quinton, Anakin, Kylie, Madeline, Mckenzie, Addison, Declan and Keegan; all knew her as Grandma Betty.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; parents; brother, Curt; and great-granddaughter, Harper.

She was a member of Oak Valley Lutheran Church and The American Legion Auxiliary.

Memorials/donations can be made to the Harper Drum Memorial Fund at Children’s National Hospital where Betty’s great-granddaughter, Harper Drum, was treated.

Funeral service: Friday, May 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Valley Lutheran Church, Velva.

Visitation: Thursday, May 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Velva.

Burial: Velva Community Cemetery, Velva.

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