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Elizabeth "Betty" Risinger
January 1, 1942 - May 19, 2023

Place of Birth: Selz, North Dakota
Residence: Sidney, Montana
Age: 81

Elizabeth “Betty” (Held) Risinger was born January 1, 1942, on the family farm near Selz, North Dakota to John and Helen Held. She grew up working on the family farm and attended the local elementary school, later graduating in 1959 from Sacred Heart Academy High School in Minot, North Dakota.
She met the love of her life, Carrol “Deac” Risinger and they were married April 23rd, 1966, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Minot, North Dakota. Carrol was in the U.S. Air Force at the time; the son of Claude and Willis Risinger of Cache, Oklahoma. Being a part of a military family, Betty lived in a number of places (California, Oklahoma, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana). Deac and Betty raised four children: John Edgar, Richard Dean, Mary Helen, and Jo Anne.

Her first jobs were at Lee’s Photo Shop developing film, and later at J.C. Penney Company in Minot. After moving to Kansas City, Missouri, she worked at Commerce Bank until returning to Minot in 1965 and working at First National Bank. She spent several years as a food service worker in the school cafeteria. Over the years, her unique gift of creativity led to not only frequent requests for her one-of-a-kind special occasion cakes and baked goods, but also resulted in many beautiful crafts of various sorts, particularly anything sewn from her loving hands.

After 22 years of service, Carrol retired from the military and they settled in Sidney, Montana. They continued to make their home in Sidney, MT, where Betty enjoyed the companionship of both her loving husband as well as numerous dear friendships over the many years that followed.

Betty dedicated much of her life to serving others in various forms of support and volunteerism, including Catholic Daughters of America, Right to Life, Sidney Health Center’s Good Cents Store, as well as so many others. Well into her later years, her genuine desire to help others in times of need was undoubtedly felt by all those that knew Betty. She never hesitated to “step up” when possible, helping with bingo at the Lodge, delivering food to elders, and many activities through St. Matthews Parish - bringing communion to those homebound, adoration, and the funeral commission to name just a few.
Betty peacefully went to be with the Lord on May 19th, 2023, surrounded by family at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Billings, Montana.

Betty is survived by her husband, Carrol Risinger; sons John (Angela) Risinger and Richard (Wendy) Risinger; daughters Mary Risinger-Wigham, Jo (Martin) Miller; sisters Dyanne (Ron) Gleason and Patty (Toby) Lemer; brother, Tim (Bev) Held; grandsons Beau Andreason, Anthony Risinger, Zachary Miller, Dean Risinger, and Payton Risinger; granddaughters Niki Luneclair and Ciara Robinson; and great-grandchildren Zaeden, Gemma, Nahli, Shiya, and Sophia.

She is preceded in death by her brothers Kenneth, Thomas, Leo, and August Held; sisters Marcella Rogalla, Misty “Phyllis” Hall, Mary Abrahamson, Delores Held, Katheryn Held, and Eva Held; and many more beloved family members.

Memorial Contribution
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Betty’s name to the Catholic Daughters, Right to Life, or the Sidney Health Center’s Good Cents Store.

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Traudel and Jack Risinger (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
May 21, 2023
In loving Memory.Betty you will be missed but never forgotten
Ronald West (Apache Junction , Az)
May 21, 2023
Carla and I send our deepest sympathies for the passing of your mother. Praying for your family.
Dave and Jackie Lemer (Vale, Oregon )
May 22, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Aunt Betty was one of a kind.
She will be missed. Sorry we can't be there, but you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs. ??????
Brenda Jones (Sidney, Mt)
May 22, 2023
My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. .Betty was an amazing lady and will be missed by many . Cherish all the memories you have of her and know that no one can take them away . Hugs and Prayers
Sr. Idelle Badt (Bismarck, ND)
May 22, 2023
I loved Betty! She was always so fun and happy. Rest in peace my friend.
Naomi Abrahamson Wells (Puyallup, Washington)
May 23, 2023
So sorry for your loss. Aunt Betty was one in a million for sure. I learned many tips from her and have wonderful memories of fun times together Betty was always my favorite Aunt and will miss her so much. Gods peace and Blessings to the family
Robert and Christi Baxter (Sidney, Montana)
May 24, 2023
Betty had the best smile no matter what the situation was (maybe not a couple muddy boys on her clean kitchen floor) but always a smile.
Kay (Nice) Trail (Sidney, MT)
May 24, 2023
Carroll & family, It was a pleasure to live next door to you on 14th St SW for many years. It was also wonderful to have Betty volunteer to help me do vision and hearing screenings in area schools when I worked at the Health Department. There was always so much joy and laughter!
Rita Finch (Sidney `, MT)
May 25, 2023
She was a very talented, warm loving woman who had a heart of gold. She was a very good friend of mine and I loved her.
Jessica Ballou & Uncle Ken Lockhart (Cache, Oklahoma )
May 25, 2023
Betty will be missed by all. First person to show me how to sew. I’ll never forget. She always baked the best cakes! My prayers are with you Uncle Carroll, Johnny, Mary, Jo, Richard, and grandkid! Love from Cache!
Lori Abrahamson Green (Puyallup , Washington )
May 26, 2023
Thinking of all of you, sending my prayers and heartfelt sympathy to all of you! May all those wonderful memories and all the love and fun that shined in your beautiful memorial tribute help you through the sadness. Aunt Betty was a wonderful, funny, resourceful, talented woman and just the mention of her name will always make me smile. Her generosity of gifts, rugs, blankets, levi purses, her sense of humor and kindness will always be a cherished!! Rest in peace Aunt Betty
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