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Elizabeth “Betty” Stewart



May 2, 1926-Nov. 24, 2023


Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Stewart, 97, Minot, died Friday, November 24, 2023 in a Minot nursing home.

Elizabeth Anne was born on May 2, 1926 in Minot to Oscar and Eva (Walton) Haner. She was raised and educated in Minot and graduated from Minot Model High in 1944. Betty continued her education at Minot State Teacher’s College, furthering her education for three years. After her tenure as student, she became an employee of the college, working there for the next

several years. Later, she worked for Dr. Gene Jordahl at the Jordahl Animal Hospital of Minot.

Betty was united in marriage to Thomas Harold Eidsness on February 12, 1947 in Minot. They were blessed with the birth of two sons, Alan Craig Eidsness and Paul Thomas Eidsness. They made their home in Minot. Tom passed away in 2001.

Betty married Wayne Hayes Stewart in Huron, South Dakota in 1971 and they remained married for forty-eight years. Thirty-one of those years were split between their home in Minot, their lake home at Lake Metigoshe, and wintering in the border town of McAllen, Texas. She liked to say she got tired of taking care of four homes, “because that d—motorhome required just as much work” as the others. They called Minot home for the rest of their lives. Wayne died on June 26, 2019.

Betty loved to cook and read. She was also an excellent card player, with bridge being her game of choice. She will be remembered for her love of family and her hospitality to friends too numerous to count.

Betty’s surviving family includes her sons, Alan (Lollie) Eidsness, Minneapolis, MN and Paul

(Mira) Eidsness, Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren Kyle Eidsness, Jay Eidsness and Ben Splinter, all of Minneapolis, MN and Ana Eidsness, Bozeman, MT and Oscar Eidsness, Ft. Collins, CO; great-grandchildren Natalie, William and Nora Eidsness, all of Minneapolis, MN; sister JoAnn Decker, Weir, KS and her children Mike, Randy and Amy.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Thomas Eidsness and Wayne Stewart, grandparents, Warren and Anna Haner and Anthony and Elizabeth Walton and brother, Gerald Haner along with many, many friends and family who have gone before her. All who survive her will miss her dearly.

Private Interment Ceremony: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Betty’s memory to the Dementia Society of America at

Memories and condolences can be shared at

Arrangements in the care of Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.

Published by The Minot Daily News November 29, 2023.

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