Ella Barbara Beaton, 98, Bismarck, died Sept. 8, 2019, at Miller Pointe Community, Mandan.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Church of Corpus Christi, 1919 N. 2nd St., Bismarck, with the Rev. Paul Becker officiating. Burial will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parkway Funeral Service, 2330 Tyler Parkway, Bismarck, where a rosary/vigil service will begin at 7 p.m.
Ella was born Jan. 30, 1921, the daughter of A.J. and Gertrude (deKoning) Bogers. She was raised and educated in Halliday. After graduating from high school she received her teacher’s certificate and taught rural school in Dunn County. Ella married Donald Beaton in 1945. Don suffered a stroke in 1983 and Ella spent much of her time visiting him at St. Vincent’s Nursing Home until his death in 1994. Don’s care was always her priority, and she faithfully brought him home for Sunday afternoons and took him to SMCHS football games. Ella retired as administrative assistant at St. Mary’s Central High School after 21 years.
Ella was very active in Girl Scouts, serving as camp director and Girl Scout leader at Riverdale, Wahpeton, and Bismarck. She was a member of Corpus Christi church where she served in various positions. She was a member of St. Thomas Guild, and American Legion Auxiliary. She discovered her love for the arts and her passion for watercolor, oil, and tole painting, which she displayed at Gallery 522 and many craft fairs. Her grandchildren loved sleepovers at Grandma’s and spending time in her studio creating things.
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Her children and grandchildren were very important to her. She opened her home to many of her nieces, nephews, and grandchildren as they pursued their education or their work. Over the years, her home was a gathering place for backyard get-togethers and holidays for the Beaton, Bogers, and Runge families.
Ella is survived by her children: son, David (Jane) Beaton, Georgia; daughters, Donna Moragues, Omaha, Neb., Peggy (Dale) Kuntz, Fargo, and Debra Beaton, Bismarck; her grandchildren, Jon Beaton, Jeff (Nancy) Beaton, Jennifer and Marisa Kuntz, Alex Runge, Madison (Zach) Runge, Nickolas (Charlene) Runge, and Jessica (Brett) Goldoni; her great-granddaughter, Anna; great-grandsons, Jude and Elijah; brothers, Adrian (Gertrude) Bogers, Gerald (Ann) Bogers, and Joe (Delores) Bogers; and her sister, Gertie Marquardt.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents; her brothers, Dingeman, John, Francis and Pete; and sisters, Catherine Hueske and Cory Brooks.
Go to www.parkwayfuneral.com to share memories of Ella and sign the online guest book.