Arlene Beck

Arlene Beck

Arlene Beck

Arlene Beck, 94, Minot, died peacefully, Friday, November 27, 2020, with her family by her side.

Due to COVID, there will be a service for the family at Zion Lutheran Church, Minot, at 10:30 a.m., December 17, 2020. To view the livestream please access Arlene’s obituary on the funeral home website.

Visitation will be December 16, 2020, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Thomas Family Funeral Home.

Interment will be open to those who wish to attend at Pleasant Prairie Cemetery two miles north and three miles west of Columbus at 2 p.m., December 17, 2020, with lunch and fellowship following the burial service at Faith Lutheran Church (aka Pleasant Prairie), Columbus.

Arlene was born on a farm NW of Columbus, March 20, 1926, to Lars and Jennie (Kihle) Horntvedt. She attended Brookside School, graduated from Columbus High School, and after one summer of classes at Minot State College, she became a teacher herself. She taught three years at Brookside School, one year in Lignite, and one year at Foothills School south of Lignite.

While teaching she met the love of her life, Douglas Beck. He lived on a farm nearby and attended the Lignite School where they met. In 1949, Arlene quit teaching to move to Minot and work in a bank, then later at NSP as a telephone operator.

Arlene and Douglas were married May 20, 1951, at Pleasant Prairie Church northwest of Columbus. To this blessed union were born four children: Daren, Lori, Anita, and Tami.

Arlene became an awesome homemaker and mother. She was well-known for her lovely smile and warm hospitality. Arlene did so many things to show her love-baking, canning, sewing, embroidering, camping, fishing, traveling, playing games and cards (especially whist parties and later when she learned to play pinochle where she seemed to always have an ace of diamonds in her hand). Her homemade bread, buns, lefse, and pies were appreciated by all who stopped in to visit-some stopped in knowing that was a day she would be baking, so they could get a free sample!

Her legacy continues on with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren-learning the skills she taught and doing the things she loved. Many winters were spent in Arizona, but they always returned to their real home in Minot.

After Douglas retired, they did more traveling, the NE states and Norway (three times) were the highlights of these journeys. In her later years she would babysit her grandchildren at various times, always having a welcoming hug and smile for each one!

Arlene is survived by: husband, Douglas Beck; son, Daren (Brenda), Minot; daughters, Lori Schweigert, Beulah; Anita (Ronald), Columbus; Tami Howarter, Prior Lake, Minnesota; grandchildren, Kyle (Natalie) Beck; Kelsey (Seth) Spidahl; Shila (Gary) Garrett; Tyler Schweigert; Shalene (Kyle Nygaard); Lana Erickson; Logan Erickson; Kristina (Andy) Dirksen; and Scott Howarter; twelve greatgrandchildren with one on the way; brother Lester (Dianna) Horntvedt

Arlene was preceded in death by: parents; brothers, Howard, Arthur, Maynard, Dennis; sisters, Leona, Clara, and Muriel.

Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at

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