Fern Maxine DrownFern Maxine Drown, 83, of Bagley, MN, died on Friday, March 13, 2009, at the Garden Place Extended Care Facility in Bagley, MN.
Fern Maxine Drown
Fern Maxine Drown, 83, of Bagley, MN, died on Friday, March 13, 2009, at the Garden Place Extended Care Facility in Bagley, MN.
Fern Maxine Peterson was born December 5, 1925 in Shelly, MN, the daughter of Arvid and Clara Peterson. Growing up Fern attended schools in Badger, Gatzke, and Euclid, MN and graduated from Crookston High School in 1944. She attended Aaker’s Business College and was trained in telegraphy and become a Telegraph Operator for the Great Northern Railroad. While working for the Great Northern, Fern met Gordon Drown and they would send “love messages” over the lines because there was no phone to use.
Fern married Gordon Drown on February 5, 1947 at Augusta Lutheran Church in Grand Forks, ND. They moved many places with the Railroad but retired in Bagley.
Fern loved gardening, quilt making, bird watching, traveling, and was an active member of Grace Free Lutheran Church. Fern helped work on the Bagley Centennial quilt and entered a lot of her handiwork in the Bagley Fair. Fern also loved playing Chinese checkers, cards, and dice games with her friends and family.
She is survived by her Daughter- Julie (John) Quirarte of Tulsa, OK; Three Sons- Paul (Debbie) Drown of Larimore, ND, Rex (Debbie) Drown of O’Fallon, IL, and Kelly (Marion) Drown of Tulsa, OK; Three Sisters- Genevieve Hervey of Bagley, MN, Patience Hervey of East Grand Forks, MN, and Lorraine Vanderweg of Crookston, MN; Four Brothers - Gene (Ann) Peterson of Gatzke, MN, Dawn Peterson of California; Forrest Peterson of California, and Dale Peterson of Badger, MN; 8 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gordon in 2008, and brothers Roy, Vernon, and Larry
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grace Free Lutheran Church in Bagley with Pastor Lyle Twite officiating.
Visitation will be on Friday, March 20, 2009 from 4-7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bagley.
Interment will be at the Nora Township Cemetery rural Bagley.
Messages of condolence may be sent to ceasefuneralhome.com
The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bagley assisted with the arrangements.