Renee LaVonne Holm-Betz, 76, Moorhead, MN, died Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at her home surrounded by her daughters, Courtney and Lindsey, and her grandkids, Yasi, TaKarra and her boyfriend Damien, Brittanya, and Nastasia. She was survived by her husband Leland Betz (who 20 days later passed away); her daughters: Courtney Ingli of Wolverton, MN and Lindsey Brink of Moorhead, MN; stepchildren: Daniel (Linda) Betz of Minot, ND, Melody (Lowell) Walz of Shelly, MN, Gregory Betz of Mt. Vernon, WA, and Ronald (Kim) Betz of Mt. Vernon, WA, her mother Joyce “Garnett” Holm of Mesa, AZ; her siblings: Arlen (Vrenda) Holm of Perley, MN, Connie Monson of Mesa, AZ, Carlayne (Jim) Haga of Shoreview, MN, Devon (Scott) Sadowski of Savage,MN, Rachelle Holm of Blaine, MN, and Lindell (Gina) Holm of Rochester Hills,MI; her 8 grandchildren, 14 step-grandchildren, and 10 step-greatgrandchildren. Renee was preceded in death by: her dad Wallace Holm, her grandparents Haktor & Inanda Lee, and Palmer & Inga Holm, her brothers-in-law: Allen Monson and Burt Moore, her step daughter-in-law Shireen Betz, and her ex-husband Orvin Ingli.
Renee was born on November 21, 1946, in Fargo, ND. She was Wallace and Garnett’s first born of the seven children they would have. She grew up in Hendrum and Perley, MN, and graduated from Hendrum High school in 1964. She then moved down to the Twin Cities area and worked and eventually ended up meeting her first husband Orvin “Orv” Ingli and they would marry in 1982. They then ended up having their first daughter, Courtney in 1983, and then their second daughter, Lindsey in 1985. They eventually separated and divorced; with Renee taking her two girls with her to Moorhead, MN. Not too long after moving to Moorhead, Renee would meet Leland Betz and they dated and were married shortly later on Friday, July 28, 1989, in Moorhead, MN. Since then, Lee and Renee raised Courtney and Lindsey, and continued to be happily married, dedicated, and in love with each other until Renee’s passing.
Renee worked several different jobs over the years. She worked at Dakota Clinic doing insurance claims, she was a “Candy Striper” and loved working with the newborn babies, she worked for TD Creations selling dolls/etc. for crafts, sold Tupperware, but the majority of her working career was spent working at the “front desk/information desk” of Meritcare/Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND until she retired. After retirement she ended up working part time at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, MN serving lunches to kids, which she enjoyed. Otherwise her “job” became being a grandma and a wife, which she absolutely loved being. When you would walk into Renee and Lee’s home, most people would have assumed that she must of ran one huge daycare because of all the toys and kid stuff she had; but the truth was that she was just a grandma who loved to shop, and not for herself, but for items that her grandkids could use or might like one day. Even usually having a bedroom setup for her grandkids to stay in when they would come to grandma and grandpa’s house.
Renee had several loves or enjoyments outside of family. These included: absolutely being obsessed with Precious Moments, porcelain dolls, kid toys (especially Little Tikes & Fischer Price), wind chimes, pictures, and family tree stuff, and absolutely loved garage sales and thrift stores! Renee and Lee loved to take vacations to Branson, MO and Shepard’s Hill, MO in order to go to the Precious Moments Chapel so Renee could buy the “exclusive” Precious Moments only sold at the chapel. But on their way to Branson, Renee and Lee loved to stop at several casinos to try their luck on the slot machines. These vacations were one of their favorite things to do whether they had their kids or grandkids with them or they got to go alone; they absolutely loved Branson.
Renee was one of the most caring, loving, and huge hearted individuals out there. She was always thinking of others when she would be shopping and would hunt for VHS tapes for her grandkids and her nephew, Matt that they were looking for; or she would keep her eyes out for Trolls or Pound Puppies that her daughter Courtney collected or Barbie’s that her daughter Lindsey collected, really for anything that she knew someone she was friends with or family collected or might like. She helped out so many people with whatever she could. She really enjoyed it when she was able to help someone out or buy something for someone else that made the person happy.
She was a believer in Jesus Christ and attended several churches over the years. They both were devout Christians and raised their children in a Christian home and later would instill the same principles with their grandchildren.
The last few years were not kind to Renee; she had several health problems and severe dementia. However, even when she could be tough to handle, her family loved her and cared for her at home. These actions show the type of wife, mother, and grandmother she was; even to have her grandkids, Yasi and TaKarra & her boyfriend Damien, being willing to help with her personal care. Her husband Lee and daughter Lindsey taking care of her every day, her daughter Courtney crocheting the washcloths she begged for all the time; which were expressions of the love they all had for Renee. Everyone came together because of the love they have for Renee. This only happens when you have lived your life the way she did; showing kindness, selflessness, and unconditional love to her family and to people in general. She truly was an amazing daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be truly missed, forever loved, and will never be forgotten.
The visitation for Renee, along with her husband Leland Betz, will be from 5 – 7 PM, with the funeral at 7 PM on Thursday May 11, 2023, at Northview Church (formerly First Assembly of God) in Fargo, ND.