July 29, 1937 to Nov. 10, 2019
Betty Bertha (Fandrich) Horne passed away on November 10, three months after she suffered from a stroke. On July 29, 1937, Betty was born to Abraham and Amy (Hinch) Fandrich in Washburn, North Dakota, the oldest of four children. The family moved to Townsend in 1940, where she attended grade school and graduated from Broadwater High school in 1956. Shortly after graduation, Betty married the love of her life Ray Horne on June 20, 1956. Together they had four wonderful children: Raymond Dean; Valerie Jean; Karen Kay; and Deena Rae.
Ray and Betty farmed and raised pigs in the Crow Creek Valley, where they raised their girls and made lifelong friends. Betty was a homemaker, took care of the farm with Ray, and drove bus for 40 years. Many students in the community remember Betty as their school bus driver, where she drove for the Crow Creek and Townsend School District. Her students enjoyed their time on the bus with her and knew Betty was quick to lend them some money or support any fundraising efforts. Betty was always willing to lend a hand or cook a warm meal for neighbors and friends. As a 4H leader, she served for many years specializing in cooking and sewing. Betty volunteered as one of the first female firefighters for the Toston Fire District.
Driving came natural to Betty and she was often found behind the wheel of the school bus, potato truck, hauling corn silage, fire truck, pulling a stock trailer, and hauling the kids’ 4H animals to the fair. The family moved up Deep Creek in 1977, where Ray and Betty lived a joyful life surrounded by kids and grandkids. She was very creative and enjoyed passing time making crafts, putting together puzzles, cooking German food, and making flower arrangements. She never missed a Memorial Day to place flower baskets around the cemetery for family members. On a sunny afternoon, you could always find Betty riding shotgun with Ray, going for a drive in the woods. The pair enjoyed spending their summers up in the mountains camping, playing cards, and spraying weeds. Cooking, baking, and candy making were some of Betty’s favorite things and she never turned down a sweet treat. Each Christmas, Betty would make sweet popcorn balls for all her bus kids. Family was everything to Betty and she enjoyed having everyone over to her house for Christmas Eve dinner and present exchange. Later in life, Betty enjoyed journaling and writing about what her kids, grandkids, and great grandkids were up to. She was so proud. There was nothing she loved more than spending time with her girls and family.
Betty is survived by her loving daughters Valerie (Roy) Hornsveld, Karen Horne, and Deena (Lonnie) Gobbs; her grandchildren JR (Heather) Middlemas, Charity (Jason) Krebs, Lane (Azher) Gobbs, and Casey (Kelley) Gobbs; the loves of her life and great-grandchildren Hogan Krebs, Harrison Krebs, Adara Middlemas, Mayble Sue Gobbs; sister Margo Dale, brother Abe (Cathy) Fandrich and sister-in-law Helen Fandrich. She will be missed by her four-legged companion Sassy and many other family members, friends, and former bus students.
Betty is preceded in death by her husband Ray; their son Dean; her parents; brother Doug; and son-in-law David Middlemas.
The family would like to thank the staff, providers, and caretakers at the Broadwater Health Center nursing home, staff of Frontier Hospice, and this loving community. Words can’t express the gratitude and love the family has felt in the last few months with Betty.
A service celebrating Betty's life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15th at Trailhead Christian Fellowship Church, 20 Trailhead View Dr. in Townsend. A social gathering will follow the service in the fellowship hall at the church. Instead of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Betty’s memory to Broadwater Community Health Foundation and Broadwater Health Center Ambulance Service. Please visit www.stvensonwilke.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Betty.