FAIRMONT - Funeral services for Betty Jean Picken, 78, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 11 a.m Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Fairmont. Burial will be following the service in the Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery in Fairmont.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at Evangelical Covenant Church in Fairmont. Lakeview Funeral Home of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Betty Jean Picken slipped peacefully into the arms of her Savior on the evening of Sept. 15, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. One of six siblings, she was born in Grand Blanc, Mich., on Dec. 15, 1933, to Elma and Cecil Robertson. Betty graduated from Grand Blanc High School and attended Flint Junior College and Northwestern College of Minneapolis. While in high school and college, she was very active in the choral music program and enjoyed traveling with the choir and being a member of the girl's trio.
Betty moved with her family to Fairmont in 1968. She was a homemaker for many years and was employed by the Fairmont School system for 23 years where she retired from the position of payroll clerk in 1997. Betty was a longtime member of Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church, where she often played piano for services. She took great pride in maintaining her own home. She enjoyed working outside, gardening, tending her flowers, feeding and watching the birds and canning. Betty was an avid Vikings fan.
Before her illness, Betty enjoyed going out to eat with her friends and especially enjoyed spending time in Colorado with her sister, brother-in-law, nieces and their families.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, Daniel Picken (Amy Kosbab); daughter, Diane (Scott) Posner; sister, Sharon (Russ) Sparks; and many beloved nieces, nephews and their families, as well as many loyal and devoted friends.
She will always be remembered for her sparkling brown eyes, her wry sense of humor, her independent spirit as well as her devotion to her family, friends and church.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Elma and Cecil Robertson; and four siblings.
The family requests memorials be given in Betty's name to the American Cancer Society or to the Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church.