Betty Hintz, 86, of Hazen, ND passed away Monday, July 25, 2022 at Knife River Care Center, Beulah, ND. Services will be held at 3:00 PM CT on Saturday, July 30, 2022 at Peace Lutheran Church, Hazen with Pastor Mark Martin officiating. Burial will follow at Hazen City Cemetery.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Betty was born on October 16, 1935 to Rudolf and Lydia (Wiedrich) Mattheis in Hazen, North Dakota. She grew up on a farm eight miles northwest of Hazen where she attended a rural school through eighth grade and was active in 4-H showing cattle. She then attended school in Hazen until her sophomore year when she had to stay home and care for her ailing mother. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Betty had written a journal entry recalling her early years with Herbert. After six months together with winter approaching, Herbie asked for her hand in marriage. Grandma said “yes” but was afraid of leaving Raymond and her father alone. Betty’s caring nature led her to baking 12 loaves of bread for them, where Ray said the last loaf was the best. Betty then prayed that Ray would “meet a nice farm girl” and her prayers were answered.
On November 25, 1955, Betty married the love of her life, Herbert Hintz, at Zion Lutheran Church in Beulah. Immediately after they were married, the couple moved to Herbert’s parent’s farm and received a snowstorm for their honeymoon. Herbert and Betty had wedding money from “the shoe,” but no food to eat until Emil, Herbert’s brother, came to their rescue. He came bearing two loaves of fresh, homemade bread baked by Norma, Emil’s wife. Building their family legacy, they purchased their own farmstead 14 miles south of Hazen where they farmed, ranched, and raised their three sons, Steven, Kevin, and Kelly. Both Betty and Herbert spent many hours tending to their cattle and crops. In 1991, Herbert and Betty purchased a home in Hazen while Herbert continued to farm until his retirement in 1997.
Throughout her years, Betty was very active in her church. She belonged to a women’s circle, helped in the prayer chain, and was a church deacon. Betty showed her love for others by serving as a Senior Companion for many years helping members of her community. Betty and Herbie loved playing cards and games with their friends late into the night, enjoying many rounds of Pinnacle and Aggravation with their homemade board. When not helping others, you could find Betty mixing up a batch of her famous scotcheroos, honey cookies, or chicken and dumplings. She had a love for gardening and tending to flowers all while babysitting her many grandchildren. Her grandchildren loved spending time at grandma and grandpa’s where they played many games, ate copious amounts of orange sherbet, and picked garden peas among many other daily activities.
Betty is survived by her three sons, Steven (Stacy) Hintz, Kevin (Traci) Hintz, and Kelly (Ruby) Hintz, all of Hazen; brother, Raymond (Leona) Mattheis; seven grandchildren, Shannon Hintz, Karson (Angie) Hintz, Alicia Aune (Casey Zingg), Austin Hintz, Kourtney Hintz, Abby Hintz, all of Hazen, and Tyler Aune of Norfolk, Virginia; three great-grandchildren, Trevor, Anastasia, and Hudson Zingg of Hazen; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Herbert; one sister, Elaine Scheid; and one nephew, Dwight Mattheis.
Arrangements are conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.