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Harriet McFerran

d. July 31, 2011

Harriet McFerran, 74, Mandan, died July 29, 2011 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Spirit of Life Catholic Church, Mandan, with Reverend William Ruelle celebrating. Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 pm on Monday at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with a Rosary / Parish Vigil at 7 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Harriet was born July 25, 1937 in Mandan, the fourth of ten children to Harry and Katherine (Jiran) Zachmeier. She graduated from Mandan High School and on January 10, 1959 married David McFerran in Mandan. Talented in many ways, Harriet worked from home as a caterer while raising her children and later worked as a bookkeeper and assistant manager at the Mandan American Legion Club until her retirement, to provide childcare for her great grandchildren and great great granddaughter. Harriet will be remembered for her generous and giving heart. She loved being around people and gave of her time in many ways. Harriet was a founding member of HIT, Inc. and served on their Board of Directors, was active in the Bis-Man Handicapped Association and served as a registered lobbyist for the disabled and on the Governor’s Council on the Employment of the Handicapped. Harriet served as State President of the Homemakers Club and on the State Task Force on Mental Illness. She chaired the Mandan Heart Drive and organized the Band Mothers Organization at Christ the King School. She was a member of the Junior Catholic Daughters and the Altar Guild at Christ the King church, serving as church sacristan for many years. Harriet was also a 4-H and Brownie leader. Taking notice of all she had done, Harriet was selected as North Dakota’s Outstanding Young Woman of the Year in 1968. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 49 consecutive years, holding many offices and chairmanships, including State President in 1982. She was devoted to our veterans and passionate in her efforts to honor and support those who served our country. An avid bowler and fisherwoman, she appreciated life and made the most of each day. Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 52 years, David McFerran, Mandan; daughter, Marlys (Gene) Baker, Mandan; son, Gary (Angela) McFerran, Greenville, OH; nine grandchildren, Jason, Bethany, Brandon, and Marin Baker, Kerry, Joshua, and Nicole Noble, and Jordan and Hannah McFerran; six great grandchildren, Nikki and Kristen Baker, Easton, Landon, and Maylynn Noble, and Noah Deubner; one great great grandchild, Kaylee Baker; one sister, Loretta (Tom) Landeis, Mandan; six brothers, Edward (Janice) Zachmeier, Walter (Lila) Zachmeier, James (Caroline) Zachmeier, Louis (Sylvia) Zachmeier, Tom (Colleen) Zachmeier, and Leo (Jodene) Zachmeier, all of Mandan; sister-in-law, Betty Jo (Roger) Peet, Mandan; and many nieces, nephews, and countless friends.
Harriet was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bill Zachmeier and Albert (Janice) Zachmeier.
Memorials in memory of Harriet may be sent to the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery Foundation (NDVCF) 1825 46th St. Mandan ND 58554-9943.

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