Betty Anderson

Betty L. Anderson, age 83, of New Rockford, ND, died Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd in New Rockford.

Betty Lavice Clelland was born September 16, 1929, in New Rockford, a daughter of Robert and Mae (Black) Clelland. Robert Clelland was a farmer who emigrated from Scotland in 1911. Betty moved from the farm to Fargo, ND, to attend Interstate Business College. The college found her a job at the Armour Meat Packing Company, where she worked for 4.5 years as an accounting clerk.

On January 10, 1953, Betty married Vernon L. Anderson at Sioux Falls, SD. They lived in several communities in North Dakota due to Vernon’s road construction work until 1969, when they moved to Billings, Montana. While living in Billings, Betty worked at K-Mart for 23 years as a cashier/payroll clerk. On November 3, 1994, they moved from Billings, Montana to retire in Plymouth, MN. Vernon “Swede? Anderson died November 28, 1994. Betty returned to New Rockford in 1995.

Betty is survived by two sons: Steve (Joyce) and Robert (Amanda), both of Las Vegas, NV; 1 daughter: Barbara Beckerley of Fresno, CA; three sisters: Eleanor (Donald) Schafer of New Rockford, Gloria Cavegn of Temple Hills, MD; and Donna Schafer of Broomfield, CO; one brother Pereley (Lola) Clelland of Pierre, SD; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one infant son Michael; her son-in-law Richard; two brothers, Eldon and Delbert “Chub? and one sister Mary Grace.

FUNERAL SERVICE: First Lutheran Church, New Rockford, ND

DATE AND TIME: Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

INTERMENT: Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford, ND

Posted Condolences:



Name: Lavonn Yuvaraj

Date: 9/26/13

Message: Barb, Steve and Bob.....My heartfelt condolences to you and your families. I am so sorry I didn't know.


Name: Steve

Date: 26 August 2013

Message: Mom was special in her own way as she lived life on her terms beginning with leaving home at an early age, meeting and marrying Dad, and now at the end...I am glad I was able to speak to her just before her passing...I know she will be with Dad providing him the conversation they have missed for the past several years...