Ronning, Bettye Ruth OUR VIKING QUEEN Surrounded by love, our mom, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Bettye Ruth Ronning passed away peacefully in her home in Northfield MN. Dad, Ronald Henry Ronning had passed away 2 months and 1 day earlier, Dec. 9, 2021. Mom's great joys were first and foremost her family and friends. She loved setting a fine table to gather round and fill the house with music and laughter. Maintaining a welcoming space for us all to come to when life proved too daunting, or we just wanted her greet us with her love and smile. She was a gardener, not only creating beautiful spaces outside for her and dad to gaze over and smile, but also to fill the great need to grow, amend, and create within herself. To dad, she was his best friend for life. "She made me kinder", he would say. Never one to pass up a good tease, Bettye kept Ron on his toes, and a smile on his face. To her grandchildren she was, Great grandma, Gran, and Oma. Her biggest delight was hugging and holding those little ones, celebrating in their life victories they shared with her as they grew. To us, her children, she is Ma, and Mom, steadfast, loyal, funny, and lovely. So, as her Granddaughter said, "If I could I would adorn her in flowers and set her afloat on the pond as in a Viking Queen funeral." We adorned her body in flowers after death and stood as she passed. Each reaching out with a gentle touch to send her safely on her journey. We will forever miss our Viking Queen. Private Interment in the spring. Memorials to: FFNPL Northfield Public Library. This memorial was created for a Multicultural Early Childhood Literacy space with outside garden, and play area access for children and families in Northfield who do not have easy access to the main library downtown Northfield. 100% of your donation will go toward creating this wonderful space. Mail to Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, 210 Washington St., Northfield MN 55057 or visit Please write Bettye Ruth Memorial in comments or in the memo of your check.

Published on February 27, 2022