Betty Jane Johnson was born February 9, 1930 to Jonina (Jo) Johnson and Marvin Gilley. Her grandparents, Rannveig and Gudmundur (Goodman) Johnson raised her from 3 years of age.
Betty grew up in Grafton, ND and as a young girl she sang with a church group which traveled to different events to perform. She loved all animals, country & gospel music, hardanger, crocheting and knitting. She survived a severe case of diphtheria as a freshman in high school and never returned to school but, received her GED as an adult.
Betty married Duane Bjelde of Hensel ND on July 2, 1949, where they lived for 20 years and she began her working career at Borg Nursing Home. In 1970, they moved to Cavalier where she worked at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital for 20 years as a technician in Central supply, ER, and OR.
After retiring Betty and Duane wintered in Mission, TX for 15 years and remained in Cavalier after that.
Survived by her husband Duane, 2 daughters Darlene Kihne(Michael) of Sioux Falls SD; Lyndis Jaster (Lee Brown) of Fargo ND; three grandchildren Todd Kihne, Bryan Kihne and Katie Jaster Sayler; nine great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, 12 siblings, and twin granddaughters.