Elizabeth E. "Betty" Engebretson-Ellingson, 100, Minot, formerly of Douglas, died Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, in a Minot nursing home.
Elizabeth Corwin was born Oct. 2, 1912, on the family homestead, three miles southwest of Minot in Afton Township, Ward County, the second child to Harry and Lena (Miller) Corwin. She was baptized in the Lutheran parsonage in Douglas. Elizabeth attended Frost School #2 and while growing up she helped with the chores on the family farm.
In April 1936, Elizabeth married a World War I veteran, Edwin T. Engebretson. Following their marriage they made their home on the Cleven Ranch in Spring Lake Township, rural Douglas. They lived there until the fall of 1949 when they moved into Douglas. While in Douglas they owned and operated the hotel, cafe and grocery store. Mr. Engebretson passed away on Oct. 13, 1952. Following his death she continued to work at the grocery store in Douglas.
She married Ben Ellingson on May 10, 1958. They made their home in Douglas and Elizabeth continued working at the hotel. They moved to Minot in the fall of 1980. Ben passed away on March 3, 1993.
Elizabeth was a member of Spring Lake Lutheran Church, rural Douglas, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Douglas, where she was active in both churches ladies aid. While living in Minot she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Elizabeth was also a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Those who shared in her life: son, Edwin H. (Loretta) Engebretson, Williston; daughter, Mary Ann (Neil) Narum, of Douglas; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Engebretson, Minot; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Jensen, Princeton, Minn. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husbands, Edwin T. Engebretson and Ben Ellingson; son, Gary Engebretson; sisters, Luella (William) Westphal, Harriett (Childs) Evenson and Elaine (Gust) Kohler; brother, Edwin (Myrtle) Corwin; brother-in-law, Phil Jensen.
Funeral: Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot.
Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Tuesday, Jan. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Elizabeth may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).