Betty Jean Marie Spellman
Betty Jean Marie Spellman was born on September 7, 1929 in Minneapolis MN, the only daughter born to Lawrence and Florence Hockert. She had two brothers Jim and Bob who preceded her in death. Betty’s childhood years were spent growing up in Minneapolis by Riverside Park. She talked about all her friends from that huge neighborhood and playing hopscotch, jacks, fun at the school playground and riding her bike along the parkway. All of her relatives lived nearby so Sundays they would gather after church at one of their homes. Betty attended Clay Elementary School and graduated from South High both in Minneapolis. She talked about walking with friends decked out in their bobby socks and poodle skirts to the big dances held at the Pillsbury house in her neighborhood. It was there she met her future husband, Jack Joseph Spellman. They were married at the catholic church her family attended on February 15, 1947. She was only 18 years old.
Betty and Jack had five children: 4 daughters and one son. They moved their family out to the West coast residing in Portland, Oregon and Kennewick, Washington in the early years of marriage before moving back to the twin cities. Eventually the family moved to Alexandria in 1962 where they had a lake home on Lake Ida and raised the family there. Betty and Jack moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 1970 following Jack’s mother who retired there. Betty lived in Florida for 45 years and 21 of which she was a widow. In 2015, her daughters, Lynne and Lecia, moved her back to Alexandria and her new home at Nelson Gables.
Betty could be found daily busy creating handmade greeting cards (she was written up in the Echo Press magazine “Generations.”) She made hundreds of cards during her 6 years here in Alexandria including a birthday card for every resident and every staff member for every birthday every year not to mention every family member. The sound of Frank Sinatra could be heard coming from her apartment from the moment she got out of bed until she went to bed for the night. You would also find about 24 library books sitting in her library bag at all times. Debbie McComber was her favorite author. A stack of crossword puzzle books were always on her end table providing a reprieve from card making and or reading! She did not like television. Weekends you could find her at one of her daughter’s homes with a scrabble game going on or at a parade riding in one of her son-in-law’s vintage cars. The Model T was her favorite.
Betty passed away August 11, 2021 at the St. Cloud Hospital with complications from pneumonia. She was 91 years old. Her three daughters, Lynne, Jackie and Lecia, were with their mother the entire day and had hours together sharing their love for one another before she went to her heavenly home. Betty is survived by her 5 children, Mike (Irina) Spellman of Riviera Beach, Fl. , Lynne (Paul) Lommen and Lecia (Bob) Baas both of Alexandria, Jackie (Jim) Holten of Tulsa, Ok. and Dennene (Rick) Baumann of West Palm Beach, Fl., 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 3 great grands.
Her visitation will be Saturday, September 25, 2021, from 10:00am-11:00am with the Celebration of Life following from 11:00-12:00 at Grand Arbor Church Facility. Her burial will be at Lake Geneva Cemetery.