Lenore M. Beauchamp, 90, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2023 at the Pembilier Nursing Center, in Walhalla. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, August 7, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Boniface Catholic Church, in Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. vigil service at the church.
Lenore Marie Benoit was born October 29th 1932 to Harvey and Leona (Cleary) Benoit in Walhalla ND at the home of her Uncle Phil and Aunt Malvina Benoit. She spent her youth at the family farm northwest of Olga with her older brother, Cleo and two sisters, Ursula and Ione. She attended school in Olga and later graduating from St. Alphonsus High School in 1951. She continued her education at Mayville College. She then taught school in the Mt Carmel area where she formed a lifetime friendship with Rita Hoffarth Beauchamp. In October of 1953 she married her childhood sweetheart, Leo Beauchamp. They made their home in Olga ND where they raised their 6 children Deborah, Dennis, Dean, Diane, Kevin and Kirk
Lenore was a typical farmwife of her time, she kept an immaculate home, she cooked wonderful meals for her family daily, there was always a fresh baked treat if you stopped by for coffee and a visit, she gardened and kept her yard in tip top shape. During harvest you could find her and her mother-in-law “Grandma Beauchamp” cooking dinner and bringing it to the workers in the field, they loaded the car with food, card table and chairs plus the kids. Upon returning home she tended to the farm chores. She learned to bake bread from her mother-in-law and passed down this skill to her daughter-in-law Terri.
In 1994 Leo and Lenore made the decision to move to Walhalla. She truly missed her home in Olga but often could be found sitting on her deck in Walhalla watching the birds, or enjoying her flowers or just visiting with her friends, neighbors and family. The family farm outside of Olga was always ‘home’ to Lenore.
Lenore babysat for families in the area, drove the Pembina County Senior bus and later she worked at the Walhalla Inn Motel until her retirement. She cherished the friends she made during this time. She also was a member of the Homemakers Club and had numerous friendships through this.
Lenore was a devout Catholic and rarely missed mass. She was a member of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Olga, where she was active in the altar society and taught CCD for 13 years. She sang in the church choir for 50 years. After moving to Walhalla she was a member of the St. Boniface Church.
There was no greater joy in Lenore’s life than her family. She spent countless hours with grand children: Kayla, Kelsey, Tanner, Emily, Michael, Kyle, Bailey, Josh, Darwin, Courtney, Allyssa and her 6 great grandchildren. She enjoyed attending the grandchildren’s activities and visiting with them in person or on the phone or just playing numerous games of cards when they would visit for a weekend.
In 2019 Lenore entered the Pembiler Nursing Home in Walhalla where she continued to enjoy visits with her family which always included a game of cards or a sweet treat one of them brought. She enjoyed the activities at the nursing home but never could call it “home”. Her face lit up when the great grandchildren came to visit. These visits usually included pushing Nana Nore’s wheelchair, playing ball or building and knocking down the blocks.
She truly loved her husband and knew he loved her by his devotion to her for 69 years of marriage. He visited the nursing home daily while she was a resident with the exception of the time that no visitors were allowed in and during that time, he would do a FaceTime call, so they could at least visit and see each other. Their marriage was a shining example of what “true love” really was.
Lenore is survived by her husband Leo, her children Deborah (John) Goyette of Poulsbo WA, Dennis Beauchamp of Fargo ND, Dean (Terri) Beauchamp of Fargo ND, Diane (Bryan) Hanson of Langdon ND, Kevin (Anita) Beauchamp of Olga ND and Kirk (Tammy) of Box Elder SD, Grandchildren Josh (Anna) Goyette; Kayla Beauchamp, Kelsey Beauchamp and Tanner (Mariah) Beauchamp; Emily (Jordan) Braunberger, Michael (Holly) Hanson; Darwin (Alexis) Schwartz, Courtney (Cody) Schwartz, Allyssa (Gage) Olson, Kyle (Alexa) Beauchamp and Bailey Beauchamp; Great Grandchildren Jackson Box, Ava Goyette, Cooper Braunberger, Everett Braunberger, Mason Schwartz and Torger Olson. She is survived by sisters Ione (Tom) Hamlet and Ursula Hermanson along with numerous nieces and nephews; and special cousin, David and Artini Beauchamp.
Proceeding her in death are parents Harvey and Leona Benoit; father in law and mother in law Ernest and Adeline Beauchamp; brother Cleo (Edith) Benoit; brothers-in-law and sisters– in-law Kenneth Hermanson, Oscar (Peggy) Beauchamp, Rene Beauchamp.