Sharon Tranby, 77, Des Lacs, died Wednesday, May 28, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Sharon Darlene (Brodehl) Tranby was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Bottineau, to Oscar and Ella (Smette) Brodehl and grew up in the Kramer area. The family settled in Minot, where she graduated from Minot Model High School. On June 22, 1954, at First Lutheran Church, Sharon was united in marriage to James Tranby. They made their home in Minot until 1965, when they moved to their farmstead south of Des Lacs.
As a young wife and mother, Sharon worked for Trinity Hospital several years as a nurse's aide on the OB-GYN floor. She continued her medical career earning her RN degree and then was director of nursing at Medical Arts Clinic in Minot, followed by nurse supervisor at Trinity Hospital for several years. During this time, she was also the flight nurse accompanying patients being transferred to outlying medical facilities with Pietsch Flying Service. She furthered her medical career earning her physician assistant degree, subsequently practicing at Western Dakota Clinic in Williston and then providing services at Garrison Clinic in Garrison. Sharon spent more than 50 years serving people in the medical field. After retiring from her medical career she became assistant postmistress at the Des Lacs Post Office, where she continued her caring, supportive nature in that community.
In her early married life Sharon was the children's choir director at Christ Lutheran Church in Minot and throughout the years shared her musical talents as a vocalist for weddings and funerals. She earned her private pilot's license and spent many hours flying the yellow Aeronca Champ.
Sharon was a remarkable lady as evidenced by the hours spent teaching her granddaughters how to embroider, knit, crochet and quilt. Her handiwork, especially her quilts, was enjoyed by so many friends and family. She was very active in her grandchildren's horse shows and attended several of their school events. Her sons very much enjoyed her homemade bread and especially her bacon rolls, which ended up quite often being their Christmas gifts.
Sharon loved reading and made sure she passed along books, that she thought should be shared with family and friends. For several years, Sharon kept journals jotting down her thoughts and daily happenings. It was important to Sharon to extend greetings, care and concern, and congratulations to friends and family by way of cards and letters. She was known to donate to several charities, actively supporting the Ward County Historical Society and the Dakota Air Museum and the Lake Metigoshe Ministries to name a few. She relished the opportunity to discuss and debate politics any chance she had. Sharon shared Jim's love for their Clydesdale horses. Over the years, Sharon enjoyed meeting with her retired nurse friends as well as the Minot Model graduates on a regular basis and regularly attending Smette and Brandt family reunions. She also enjoyed the times she drove school bus and the one fall that she drove grain truck for harvest. Sharon was part of the church family at Des Lacs United Methodist Church and most recently enjoyed their weekly Bible study. After the 2011 flood she spent several hours as a case worker for RAFT and had been active with the District 2 Nurses Association.
Sharon is survived by: her husband, Jim; four sons and daughters-in-law: Scott and Terri, Wayne and Connie, Brian and Deana, Todd and Deanna. She was a loving grandmother to Timothy (Dana), Traci (Michael) McLachlan, Trevor (Madison), Adam, Jamie, Ryan (Michelle), Chantel, Hallie, Emily and James and to three great-granddaughters: Shelby Tranby, Piper McLachlan and Genevieve Tranby. Other survivors include a sister, Gaye (Donald) Wolff; niece, Sandy (Monte) Monger and family; nephews, Daron and Wade Wolff and their families; brothers-in-law, Vernon Steen and Odin Tranby, along with several other nieces and nephews. She was a special aunt to nieces and nephews in Wisconsin and a close cousin to Patsy (Maynard) Anderson of Carpio.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; an infant son, Nathan James; and infant granddaughter, Abbey Dawn Tranby; and sister, Barbara Jo Steen.
Funeral service: Monday, June 2, at 11 a.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church, Minot.
Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minot.
Visitation: Sunday, June 1, from 1 to 5 p.m., in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers or plants to Metigoshe Ministries or an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com)