MORRIS, Minn. — Bethany Claire Tickle, died on Monday, May 26, 2014 surrounded by family at her home in Morris, Minn. She was 26 years old. Born May 19, 1988 in Morris, Minn., she is the daughter of Jerry and Linda (Batdorf) Tickle. She was baptized and confirmed at Faith Lutheran Church. She attended elementary and high school at Morris, graduating at the top of her class from Morris High School in 2007. Bethany attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences, graduating Summa Cum Laude, in 2011. She then pursued her graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Minnesota State University Moorhead, making it over halfway through the program before having to withdraw for health reasons. Bethany then moved home to live with her parents.
While living and attending school in Moorhead, Bethany was a graduate assistant and a resident hall assistant at the university. During school breaks in Morris, Minn., she worked at Skyview Assisted Living, where she enjoyed taking care of the residents. She also worked as a receptionist at Big Stone Therapies and was a teacher’s assistant at Morris Area Child Care Center. She had various other part-time jobs in the area.
During her high school years, Bethany was a member of the National Honor Society, sang in several choirs, performed in drama and speech and was on the swim team. She was crowned Miss Morris for 2007-2008 and was voted “Miss Congeniality” at the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Program. While at college, she was a member of Phi-Kappa-Phi National Honor Society, Alpha-Lamda-Delta Honor Society and was on the Dean’s List every semester. She also served on the Residence Hall Association as the historian, the National Residence Hall Honorary and was a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.
Bethany enjoyed reading, scrapbooking, collecting vintage “Peanuts” memorabilia, camping and fishing, playing board games and church activities. She had a love for all animals, especially her dogs “Suki” and “Gracie.” Most of all, Bethany loved spending time with her family.
She is survived by her parents, Jerry and Linda Tickle of Morris; siblings, Kelly (Jeffrey) DeWitt of Shoreview, Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Tickle of Lakeville and Julie (Martin) Schwartz of Northfield; nieces and nephews, Kayla and Matthew DeWitt of Shoreview, Kaiya Tickle of Lakeville and Carl Schwartz of Northfield. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leland and Violet Batdorf and James and Ruby Tickle; her uncle, James Tickle, Jr and her beloved dog, “Suki.”
Funeral services for Bethany Tickle of Morris, Minn. will be held Friday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Morris, with the Rev. Dell Sanderson officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.
Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.pedersenfh.com. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge or designated to Cancer Research at the Mayo Clinic, both in Rochester, MN.