Ordelle 'Dell' Beckett

By Farmers Independent staff

Farmers Independent of Bagley, Minnesota

Ordelle "Dell" Beckett, 65, of Bagley, died on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at Essentia Hospital in Fosston after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of her life will be held and arranged at a later date.

Ordelle Joyce Jordahl was born on Aug. 31, 1948 in Bagley to parents John and Olga (Oien) Jordahl. She spent her early years in Bagley and then moved to Franklin, Mass., in 1965, graduating from high school there in 1966. It was also in Franklin that Ordelle met the love of her life, Richard Beckett. They were united in marriage in Franklin on Jan. 27, 1968.

Prior to and after her marriage, Ordelle worked as a caregiver at the Wrentham State Hospital in Wrentham, Mass. After Richard returned home from the service in Vietnam, they returned to Franklin for several years. She returned to her job at Wrentham State Hospital until they moved to Bagley in June 1979.

Dell was an active and caring person, taking care of her family, and working at several places in Bagley, including Food-n-Fuel, Greensview Nursing Home, the American Legion, TEAM Industries, and the DAC. She began her battle with cancer on Feb. 9, 2012.

She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley. Dell loved gardening, reading, antiques, and animals of all kinds and was a very creative person. Her favorite times were spent with her family and friends and she will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Richard Beckett of Bagley; four children, Lori Ann Beckett of Puposky, Minn.,

Richelle (Michael) Condon of Bismarck, N.D., Scott Beckett of Bagley, and Jason (Erika) Beckett of Erskine; brothers and sisters, Janet (Jordahl) Shegrud of Moorhead, John Jordahl of Bagley, James (Shelly) Jordahl of East Grand Forks, and Melinda (Brian) Larson of Fosston; 16 grandchildren; aunt, Helena Flaherty of Franklin, Mass.; sister-in-law, Geraldine (Mike) Tavalone of Franklin, Mass.; special friend, Theresa Johnson of Bagley; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerry Jordahl; niece, Gaylene Lewis Smith; and great-niece, Molly Coutu.

Arrangements are with the Carlin-Hoialmen Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be sent at

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