Ferral Browne, 76, Glenburn, died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, in a Minot nursing home.
Ferral was born on Nov. 19, 1935, in Monticello, Ind., the daughter of Clarence and Hattie (Wilson) Benjamin. She was raised in rural Monticello and graduated from Buffalo High School in Buffalo, Ind., in 1953. After graduation, she worked at the States and Savings Bank in Monticello.
She met Robert "Bob" Browne in October of 1955 at the local teen hangout, the Wagon Wheel, in Monticello. They married three months later on Jan. 1, 1956.
Bob joined the Air Force in June of 1956. They were stationed at several air bases prior to being stationed at Ramey Air Base in Puerto Rico in 1962. It was during this time that they adopted Rob and Keely. They later were stationed at Castle Air Force Base in California. Ferral worked at the hospital in Atwater, Calif., and this is where they adopted Tanya. Minot Air Force Base was the final stop in their long Air Force career.
Bob had three overseas tours of duty where Ferral stayed home with the children.
While living on Minot Air Force Base, Ferral worked at the First National Bank, NAF and was office manager of the NCO Club. She then was a purchasing agent for the base. It was during this time in 1974, that they adopted Mike from Seoul, Korea. She was then appointed to the position of Director of Contract Operations. She worked in that position for 20 years.
After Bob retired in 1976, they moved to Glenburn, to finish raising their family. In 1977, Children's Village contacted Bob and Ferral which led to the adoption of Donna. In 1978, Children's Village made one more phone call to Bob and Ferral which led to the adoption of their final child, Donald.
Ferral's family in Indiana called her by her middle name Maurine, which was translated to "Meanie" by one of her younger sisters who could not pronounce Maurine. Thus she was "aunt Meanie" to her nieces and nephews. Ferral was an avid sports fan when it came to her children and grandchildren and attended every event that she could. She enjoyed camping with her family and loved to read. She enjoyed the holidays and was notorious for cooking enough food to feed "an army." She always wanted to make sure everyone had their favorite food. She was a loving mother and grandmother and always put others before herself. She was a remarkable woman and will be missed by us all. We love you Babbi!
Ferral was on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of America in Northwest North Dakota. Ferral was a member of Glenburn Baptist Church and attended Immanuel Baptist Church, Minot.
Ferral is survived by: her husband, Robert Browne, Glenburn; sons, Robert O. (Lonna) Browne, Burlington, Michael D. (Jessica ) Browne, Buckeye, Ariz.; daughters, Keely D. Browne, Minot, Donna (Toby) Goodbird, Pierre, S.D., Tanya M. Caruso, Minot; 19 grandchildren: Racia Jo Browne, Aubrey M. Browne, Keenan Browne, Mike Barajas, John Barajas, Mark Barajas, Rich Caruso, Jonny Caruso, Orianna Browne, Chauncey Goodbird, Lattobie Goodbird, Augustina Goodbird, Charles Goodbird, Madisyn Olivares, Christyan Browne, Zoey Browne, Analiese Browne, Alyssa Browne and Charles Browne; sisters, Joy Meyer, Kathryn (Don) Apple, Vera (Dale) Timm and Patricia (David) Tolley, all of Monticello, Ind.
She was preceded by in death by her parents, Clarence Otis Benjamin and Hattie Mae Benjamin; a son, Donald Browne; brothers and sisters, Clarence Otis Benjamin, Jr., Anna Mitton, Ethyl Stanley, Edna Martin, Ina Grounds, Mary Benjamin, Clarice Giles, Jessie Klopfenstein and Herrick Benjamin.
Funeral: Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Immanuel Baptist Church, Minot, at 2 p.m.
Burial: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation: Today, Nov. 13, from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to Immanuel Baptist Church, Minot.
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