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October 13, 1931 – August 10, 2023

Bettie Ann Burling October 13, 1931 – August 10, 2023, born in Millville, MN to Elgin G. and Clarice Enabnit.

Bettie graduated from the Osage, Iowa High School, attended Francis Shimer College, Mt. Carroll, IL, and Mankato State Teachers College, Mankato, MN. She was employed by Bankers Life in Minneapolis, followed by a secretarial position at Underwriters of New York, Minneapolis, MN.  She also worked for National School Studios and JC Penney’s at Ridgedale Mall.

Bettie was married to Ralph Burling on November 27, 1954 and made their first home in Portage, WI where they started their family with the birth of their first son, Bob.  The young family relocated to Prior Lake where son, Tom, was born, and, eventually, Edina, MN with the addition of daughter, Jane.  The Burlings enjoyed spending quality time at their lake home on Lake Pulaski in Buffalo, MN where they later moved and settled.

Bettie took great pride in acts of service and volunteer activities.  She was an active member in Galilee Chapter #53 Order of the Eastern Star in Buffalo, MN as well as a devoted election judge for Buffalo for many years.  Bettie could be found volunteering in the Buffalo community at the Buffalo Rodeo, Parkview Care Center and Buffalo Hospital Gift Shop.

She further showed her caring by looking after her grandchildren and proudly taking them to JC Penney for school clothes.

Bettie was preceded in death by her husband Ralph Burling, parents Elgin and Clarice Enabnit and Vera Enabnit, siblings Peggy Enabnit, Elgin Enabnit Jr., Theodore Enabnit and Jerry Enabnit.

Bettie is survived by her son Robert Burling (Lynn Strandquist), son Tom (Peggy) Burling, daughter Jane (Mark) Paurus; sister: Shirley McGhan; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

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  1. Laurie Page

    While we will all hold close the memories of the ways in which Grandma Bettie touched our lives, when we begin to share those stories, there is sure to be a common theme. Bettie was always first in line to support, congratulate, share, give and teach. I will treasure the example that she set for me and all of us in these qualities. Revelations 22:5 says, “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.” I know that Grandma Bettie is now walking hand in hand, in the light, with Grandpa Ralph.

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