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Elizabeth Alma Lidfors

Elizabeth Alma Lidfors

Elizabeth Alma Lidfors, age 99 of Aitkin died Friday, January 27, 2017 at the Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin.

She was born March 14, 1917 in Crosby, Minnesota, the second child of C.E. and Alma Nelson Skone. She was baptized on June 10, 1917 and later confirmed on May 22, 1932 at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood, Minnesota. Her family lived in Deerwood, so she attended elementary school there and then graduated from Crosby-Ironton High School in 1935. After high school she attended the University of Minnesota and later graduated from Minnesota School of Business. While working as a waitress at the Blue Goose in Garrison, she met Henry Lidfors who was the cook. On June 10, 1940 Betty and Hank were married in Cresco, Iowa at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. After marriage they lived outside of Aitkin where Hank had a milk route, and then they moved to Deerwood while Hank worked in the mines. In 1946 they moved to Aitkin, when they purchased Deerwood Lumber Co. from Betty's father. Their marriage was blessed with four children: John Henry, Rebecca Elizabeth, Mary Beth and Bernice Ann. Betty was a faithful member of First Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday School superintendent, teacher of Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, and was an active member of LCW and her circle. She and Hank attended services regularly and participated in Bible Study. They would entertain many visiting pastors and guests of the church and enjoyed getting acquainted with many special friends as a result. Betty enjoyed her family and friends. She was a committed homemaker and caregiver to her husband and children, encouraging all to do their best. She loved cooking, entertaining extended family often, and gathering with friends at their home in Aitkin, Hamlet Lake, Cedar Lake or in Mesa, Arizona. Over the years her hobbies included card playing (she loved to play bridge), embroidering, and cross stitching, teaching ceramics, and playing golf. Betty believed that volunteering was very important. She was active in the Red Cross, serving as the blood chairman for many years and was a Gray Lady, she was a Home Health Aide, a Girl Scout Leader, and a member and officer of PTA. Betty and Hank spent 22 winters in their mobile home in Mesa, Arizona after retirement. In 1999 they sold their home on Cedar Lake and moved to Blackrock Terrace in Aitkin for eight years. In April of 2007 they moved to Aicota Assisted Living and Hank moved to the Aicota Health Care Center in February of 2009. Betty moved to Heartwood in Crosby in August of 2010 where she lived until moving to Aicota Health Care Center in Aitkin on August 9, 2012.

She is survived by two daughters: Rebecca (John) Jungas of Mountain Lake, Mn. and their daughters: Kristin Engbrecht and grandchildren: Alexander and Madison of Rochester, Mn. and Karna (Dave) Hagen and grandchildren Evan and Cole of Shakopee, Mn.; Bernice Hayes (Rod Cornell) of Duluth and her daughters: Natasha Oreskovich (Shannon Smith) of Woodbury, Mn.; and Brittany (Joe) Mathews of Minneapolis, Mn.; brother and law and sisters in law: Arnold (Marian) Lidfors of St. Louis Park, MN; several nieces and nephews: Leslie Skone, Elizabeth Lee, James Terry, Susan Macaulay, Timothy Robinson, Kathleen Miller, Robert Lidfors, William Lidfors, Vernon Lidfors, Lorraine Lidfors, and many special cousins and friends. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years who passed away on January 18, 2010, her parents C.E. and Alma Skone, brother and sister in law: Edward and Lorraine Skone, brother Jacky Skone, sister and brother in law Dorothy and Robert Terry, sister in law: Vera Robinson, children: John Henry-"Bam" and Mary Beth Lidfors; great granddaughter: Annika Nilson and nieces Cynthia Skone and Virginia Lidfors and nephews Terry Skone and Brian Skone.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 30, 2017 at Noon from the First Lutheran Church in Aitkin with Rev. Darrell Pedersen officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Cemetery at Aitkin. Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin. Blessed be the memory of Elizabeth Alma Lidfors.