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Betty Bishop

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Betty Bishop

Jan. 28, 1928 - May 25, 2013

Betty June Bishop was born to parents Adren and Clara "Rislund" Boze on January 28, 1928 in Detroit Lakes. She was the middle of three siblings. Adrienne "Babe" Skoog was the oldest child and Eldred "LD" Boze the youngest.

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Betty grew up on "Boze's Corner" on Big Detroit Lake. Her parents ran a convenience store, bar and gas station, with their home in back. Her Uncle Walt (Ade's brother) ran a small resort next to the store. Her Uncle Bill (Ade's older brother) and his wife lived on the other side of the resort.

Though a child of the Great Depression and World War II, Betty's childhood memories reflected the wonderful tapestry of neighbors, friends and family who lived in this small community. As a teenager during the war, Betty had her first job at the Lakes Theater, beginning a work career that carried into her 80s.

One of "America's Greatest Generation" who returned from the war was her future husband, Dale Bishop. A musician during the "Big Band" era, Dale joined a traveling band that toured throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.

One evening one of Betty's friends suggested they go to a dance where her fiancée was a member of the band. Her fiancée introduced Betty to Dale and the two couples were jointly married in 1949. A year later, their son Danny Gordon was born.

Betty and Dale settled in Detroit Lakes, buying a house on Langford Street and living there for over 30 years. Betty enjoyed working and worked as a bookkeeper for a number of years for both Peter's Meats and Gabor Trucking. She also did the books for her mom and dad when they bought the news stand in downtown Detroit Lakes.

Along with Sam and Pat Rogers, Betty and Dale brought Friday and Saturday night dancing to the community, holding teenage dances at the lakeside Pavilion through the late 1950s-60s.

Dale died in 1980. Not long thereafter, Betty decided to move to Florida. Her sister Babe and her husband, Larry had retired to Englewood, Fla., a small gulf coast community in the southwestern part of the state. Betty moved to Englewood and remained there till her death in May of this year.

While there she worked for Nielson Research. Unfortunately the last five years of her life were marked by steady memory loss. In 2012 she was forced to give up driving and her apartment to move into an assisted living facility. Even so, she enjoyed lunching with friends, outings with her son and his family and Sunday dinner at her sister's.

Known for her red hair and her love of Christmas, Betty is survived by her sister Adrienne; her brother Eldred; her son Dan and his wife Kathy; her granddaughters Tricia Calvert Bishop and Jennifer Bishop Hamm; and her great grandchildren, Quinlan, Alexis, Chloe and Finley.

A remembrance service will be held in Detroit Lakes later this summer. The family asks that any donations in her name be made to Tidewell Hospice House, www.tidewell.org.

Arrangements are being handled by Alan Moore Funeral Home in Ellenton, Fla. To send private condolences please visit the website, alanmoorefh.com.

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