Marian Loretta (Juhl) Betten was born Oct. 19, 1923, on a farm in Plymouth County, near Remsen, the daughter of Christian and Mary (Mortensen) Juhl. She was baptized and confirmed in the Nazareth Lutheran Church (now Faith Lutheran) in Marcus. She attended a rural school and graduated from the Marcus High School in 1941.
Marian was united in marriage to Warren John Betten at the Nazareth Lutheran Church on March 21, 1943. They farmed in the Boyden area until 1961, when they moved south of Carnes.
They retired to Orange City in December 1999. Warren died Dec. 11, 2005, in Remsen, after 62 years of marriage.
On Sept. 29, 1946, Mr. and Mrs. Betten became members of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Sheldon, where she belonged to the Esther Circle. In later years, she also worshipped at the American Reformed Church in Orange City, where her pastor called on her many times. She often prayed to the Lord for help, even when backing a load of grain into the machine shed when a storm was coming or hooking onto wagons.
Marian was a true farmers' wife, always helping her husband, whatever the work would be, from going to the field with a tractor, to the barn with a shovel, to helping with livestock, and to mowing the lawn on her Dixon mower. Many stories were told about these jobs. She and Warren enjoyed working side by side, even bringing coffee along to the field.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, always ready to help anyone when needed, and doing it with a smile and a hug. Her family was the love of her life. Her daughter was her pride and joy and was taught to help with all the farm work.
After moving to town and Warren's death, to keep her hands busy, she started making quilts for her family and has completed one for each member.
She will be lovingly remembered by her daughter and her husband, Sandra and Alvin J. Nibbelink, of Orange City; two granddaughters and their husbands, Rhonda and Dwaine Tiedemann, of Canton, S.D., and Lynette and Alan Lems, of Doon; and two great-grandchildren, Dalton Lems, and his wife, Brittany, and Sable Lems, all of Doon.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle Bleasdell Riter, Della Gray, and Irma Garvin; and a brother, Howard Juhl.
Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon. The Rev. Daniel Hart and the Rev. Keith Krebs will officiate. Interment will be at the West Lawn Cemetery in Orange City. Visitation will be after 4:30 p.m. on Friday, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City.
Memorials will be directed to the Orange City Area Home Health and Hospice and the Health System Hospital.
You may express your sympathy at www.oolman.com.