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Alice Elvira Beckman Bettenhausen

  • Birth 8 Nov 1921 Baker, Fallon County, Montana, USA
  • Death 16 Jun 2010 Baker, Fallon County, Montana, USA
  • Burial Baker, Fallon County, Montana, USA
  • Memorial ID 54407189

Alice Bettenhausen, 88, Baker, Mont., died June 16, 2010, at the Fallon County Medical Complex Nursing Home, Baker. Services will be held at 10 a.m. MDT Tuesday, June 22, at American Lutheran Church, Baker, with Pastor Bruce Kolasch officiating. Interment will follow at Bonnievale Cemetery, Baker.

Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. MDT Monday at Stenerson Funeral Home, Baker, with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. MDT.

Alice Bettenhausen was born on Nov. 8, 1921 to Henry and Elsie (Quinlan) Beckman in Baker, Mont., the fourth of six children. Her family farmed north of Baker. Following the death of two of Alice's older brothers, Cecil in 1917 and Gerald in 1924, Henry, Elsie, Ernest and Alice moved to Tacoma, Washington. Sadly, Ernest died in 1926 in Tacoma and the family moved back to the family farm in Baker, where Alice's two younger sisters, Jean and Willa Mae, were born.

Alice grew up on the family farm and attended schools in Baker, graduating from Baker High School in 1940. Alice loved riding horses and spent a great deal of time riding with her friends and cousins. She and five close friends were caught in a blizzard after their car stalled in the winter of 1939. Alice froze both her legs and she delayed going to college for one year while she recuperated. Alice attended St. Luke's School of Nursing in Fargo, with her good friend Helen (Tunby) Jenson, graduating in 1945. In the fall of 1944, she had met Roy Bettenhausen, who had just returned from Europe and World War II.

Alice and Roy were married in a double ceremony with Alice's sister Jean and Norm Stenerson on Nov. 3, 1948. Roy and Alice moved to Roy's hometown, Wishek, where Roy built and ran the Wishek Body Shop. Their only son, Shane, was born March 9, 1951, in Bismarck.

The young family moved back to Baker in 1955 and Roy built the Baker Body Shop with his brother-in-law, Norm Stenerson, and Alice worked as a nurse at the hospital; she also served as the Director of Nursing at the Baker Hospital.

Alice retired from nursing in the mid 1960's, but she never gave up her profession. She spent many years caring for friends and family and served on the hospital board for many years. She and Roy enjoyed many years of traveling to visit family members in California, Washington, British Columbia, and Italy. Alice also enjoyed shopping trips with her sisters, Jean and Willa Mae, and later with her daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Alice spent a great deal of time with her grandchildren and was so proud of all their accomplishments. She delighted in spoiling them and accompanying them on family vacations and many picnics to Medicine Rocks. Alice also enjoyed her coffee afternoons with her good friends, Anna Mae, Helen, Sandy and Emily.

She is survived by her son, Shane, and his wife, Carole, and their children, Caleb (Brittany), Missoula, Slade and Darby, both of the family home in Baker, one sister, Willa Mae Flint, Baker, one sister-in-law, Ione Bettenhausen, Wishek, and nieces and nephews.

Alice's family extends their thanks and gratitude to the present and past staff and employees of the Fallon Medical Complex for their professional and compassionate care they gave to Alice these past five plus years.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Alice Elvira Beckman Bettenhausen (8 Nov 1921–16 Jun 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54407189, citing Bonnievale Cemetery, Baker, Fallon County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by JFJN (contributor 46976255) .