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Betty Jo Carlson Lewellen (88) of White Bear Lake passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home. She is survived by her children Lorie (Jack) Hackett of Morristown MN, Patti Jo Lee and Michael (Joni) Carlson both of White Bear Lake, and Barb (Stan) Schafer of Revillo SD, her sisters Julie Lessard of Duluth and Lola Roodell of Baldwin WI, her 11 grandchildren including Mike, Gary, Toni, Tommy, Amy Jo, Nique, Justin, Billy, Collin, Jaci and Amy, along with 18 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husbands Howard (Bing) Carlson and Cecil (Don) Lewellen, her son Steve Carlson and his wife Cheryl, her great grandson Rickey Hible, her twin sister Rogene Beckman and sister Karen Geiken.
Born on a farm near Story City Iowa, Betty and her family moved to Willernie MN where she attended school. She was proud to have started her first job at age 15 at a department store in St Paul, selling men's clothing. She had met and married Bing in 1952. In June of 1954, they had moved their young family to the small cabin on Bald Eagle Lake.
After Bing's passing, Betty continued raising her family in that cabin. She was a hard worker and in her spare time enjoyed embroidering, gardening and bird watching. Betty met Don in the 1970's and over the years the two of them enjoyed taking many trips together, often to go hunting grouse or pheasants. But she had a real pasion for fishing, especially ice fishing, and they spent many weekends up north.
Later in life, Betty enjoyed the quiet comforts of getting to know her grandchildren and reminiscing about the stories of her youth with family.
At Betty's request, there will be not be a funeral service but a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers or memorials, please send a donation to the Children's Home Society in her honor.
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