Just shy of hitting the century mark, Bea Ihlenfeld exudes an energy many young adults would desire. An avid swimmer, Bea often jokes she is able to stay so active because she is “preserved with chlorine.”
Given her lifelong passion for fitness and sports, it’s no wonder she maintains a full lifestyle – despite her own physical limitations due to arthritis. For more than 30 years, she was a swimming regular at the local YMCA. Now at age 99, Bea swims three times a week at the Touchmark Health & Fitness Club. And, if that’s not amazing enough, just two years ago at the age of 97, Bea shared her love of swimming by teaching youngsters – 80-year-old Touchmark residents – how to swim.
Bea came of age at a time when girls’ sports were not commonplace; as a result, she is a strong advocate of girls’ sports at all levels. Aside from fitness and sports, teaching is the other major pursuit in Bea’s life. In her professional life, she was a physical education teacher in the Fargo Public Schools for many years and later was the assistant principal at Fargo North High School. As evidenced by her willingness to give swimming lessons to her fellow Touchmark residents, she is a teacher at heart who loves helping others succeed.
Bea’s inner beauty shines in the way she exudes kindness and compassion. Whether it’s from the smile on her face, the kind words always spoken, or her ability to overcome her physical limitations, Bea truly is an inspiration to all she meets. As a result of this, it is with great pleasure that we nominate Bea as one of the Beautiful Women of North Dakota.
My sister and I want to tell you about our mom. She is the most amazing person in the world. Our Dad drives truck out in the oil fields and so she is basically a single parent. BUt here is her story. My mom was diagnosed with thyroid cancer back in Feb. She had to go thru 9 weeks of chemo and radiation. She was working full time then and still went to work everyday all day still not sure how she pulled that off but she did. She never once complained and continued to take care of us kids no matter how bad she was feeling. We don’t know how she does it cause my sister and I are no angels by any means. She has since been cleared by the Dr’s and is in good health. After being thru this with my family my sister and I have come to appreciate everything our mom does for us no matter how little ir bug it may seem. We are very fortunate to have her. Thnigs could have been so different for our family. I want everyone out there to know how much we love and appreciate our mom. If you would feature our mom this would be our way of saying thank you to her and letting her know how much we really appreciate her and EVERYTHING that she does. I asked my little sister who is 7 what is the one thing she loves about my mom and she said ” The way she smiles at me”. I am a boy who is 11 and doesn’t cry very easy but that brought tears to my eyes. I would have to say that i agree with my sister now matter how bad things were or how bad she may have felt she ALWAYS had a smile on her face. We just want to say “We Love you MOM. YOU ARE OUR ROCK. Nick Jemtrud
(Holley was nominated last year by her husband. This is his nomination)
My wife should be featured as she is my ROCK! I drive truck over the road which means I am gone quite a bit. We have two children a boy who is 10 and a girl who is 6. Our little girl has some medical issues and is going thru a lot right now and my wife is pretty much having to deal with it by herself. She keeps the family together and always has a smile on her face. She never lets the kids know that she may be sad or upset and she never complains to me on the phone or gets upset because I am unable to be there for her when she needs me. Being married to a truck driver is like being a widow sometimes.This would be my way of saying “I love you and I appreciate everything that she does” Please help me out.
Susan is the mother of 4 (ages 10,9,6 and 4) including son Jaxson who has Williams Syndrome. Having a special needs kid takes a lot of Susan’s time but she still works full time as a professional inpatient coding specialist for Lake Region Healthcare Corporation and volunteers for numerous organizations. Including being an official for the Fergus Falls Flyer Swim Club along with being Secretary of the Home and School board at the kids school. She truly is the definition of beautiful—“delightful to see, hear or experience; lovely to the senses; having beauty”—-both inside and out. She has a way not only with her kids but also with her friends, husband and co-workers in making them feel that they are the most important person in the world. Beauty definitely is in the eye of the beholder but anyone that knows Susan will tell you she is beautiful in many ways—even with her 9 tattoos. Mickey Rohde.