Fern Doris (Jenson) Frank, age 86, of Hutchinson, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson.
She was born June 2, 1926, in Woodworth, ND, the daughter of Simon and Alma (Johnson) Jenson. Fern grew up in the Woodworth area and graduated from the Woodworth High School. She then spent a year studying at the Jamestown College.
Fern was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith, and was presently a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, where she had been active in Dorcas Club.
In 1945, Fern was united in marriage to Gordon Frank in Woodworth, ND. The couple made their home in Buffalo Lake, where they lived until 1949, when they moved to Hutchinson.
An active volunteer at the Hutchinson Hospital Auxiliary, Fern had worked many hours at the thrift shop. In 1999 she was chosen Hutchinson’s Woman of the Year.
Fern loved music, and playing bridge, Scrabble, and doing crossword puzzles. She was a wonderful cook, and when she was young, had worked as a cook shack cook for a construction crew in North Dakota.
She loved to spend time with her family, and especially enjoyed her grandchildren. Some of Fern’s favorite times were spent at the cabin on Lake Manuella.
She will be deeply missed by her family and her friends.
Fern is survived by her children, David (Virginia) Frank of Kingsport, TN, Linda (Richard) Bovy of Minnetonka, Julie Young of Davis, CA, Abby Dahlquist of Hutchinson, Thomas (Barbara) of Orono, and Gordon (Carmen) Frank of Hutchinson; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren,; and siblings, Omar Jenson of Buffalo, NY, and Sandra (Ed) Hammer of Nashville, TN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; and her parents.
A memorial service took place Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with the Rev. Gerhard Bode officiating. Interment of the urn followed at the Peace Lutheran Cemetery.
There was a time to gather with family one hour prior to the service at the Peace Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Memorial arrangements were handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.