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Betty Lou Martin

Betty Lou Martin

Betty Lou (Oelke) Martin was born on December 15, 1942 at the Marion Hospital to Rudy and Hertha Oelke. Betty was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids. She attended Dickey Public School and thereafter attended Business School in Bismarck. On August 9, 1963, she married David Neil Martin and together they had four children, Todd, Wendi, Misty and Abby. Betty Lou was loved and appreciated in every work related position she had. Nortonville School was a place where she loved all the children she cooked for. After the school closed, she found her God given talent, which was utilized at the Dickey and Marion branches of the First State Bank of ND.

Betty Lou enjoyed spending time with her animals, but especially her horses. Betty was involved in the James River Riders Horse Club, Adrian Roughriders, and helped her kids in Horse 4-H. She was an avid bowler and a heck of a softball player. Dickey had a very special place in her heart. Betty's contribution to Dickey was shown throughout the town. She loved to decorate the Bank, plant flowers and took care of the church's grounds.

Betty Lou was mostly known for her infectious laugh, contagious positive outlook and spice for life. The love for the Lord was constant for Betty. Her faith was evident with her interaction with everyone she met.

Betty Lou died on August 8, 2014, and is joined in Heaven by her husband David, her parents Hertha and Rudy Oelke, brother Larry, father and mother-in-law Robert and Doris Martin, and Grunt.

She is survived by her children, Todd (Laurie) Martin, Wendi (Carl) Larson, Misty Martin, Abby (Kevin) Rohrbeck, much loved grandchildren, Heather (Steven) Klystad, Tony Rodin, Lucas Rodin, Marty and Autumn Rohrbeck, Ryan Pederson and Amber (Nate) Samuelson, sister Jean Falter, brother Kenneth (Patty) Oelke, including nieces and nephews, her James River Riders, First State Bank of North Dakota family and the "Rodin Racing Team".

Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Dickey, ND. Her memorial service will be Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Marion High School, Marion, ND. Burial will be in the Dickey Cemetery, with lunch and fellowship to follow at the Dickey Community Center. An on-line guestbook may be signed at