Ferne A. Balliet, 87, Houston, Texas

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Ferne A. Balliet, 87, Houston, Texas, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her residence.
Two memorial services will be held, with the first in Bradenton, Fla. on April 6 and the second memorial service in late May at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church, in Buffalo, Minn. where she was a longtime member. Times and details will be communicated later in the spring.
Ferne was born June 24, 1925, in LeRoy, Minn., to Melvin and Hattie (Flikki) Anderson. She was the second of three daughters born to Melvin and Hattie and was raised on the family farm west of LeRoy. She graduated from LeRoy High School at age 16 and then attended a community college in Austin, Minn. Ferne worked in Minneapolis after college and during that time met a returning WWII veteran from Buffalo named Byron Charles Balliet.
Ferne and Byron were married on June 8, 1946 and farmed just north of Buffalo. They had one son Ronnel in 1959.  She held several jobs around Wright County and her favorite was as a Realtor for Eberhardt Realty, which she continued with after Byron’s death in May, 1977.
In 1984 Ferne met her longtime loving partner Barney (Clifford) Gustafson and they resided in Monticello, Minn. and Bradenton, Fla. for the next 25 years until Barney passed away in Nov. 2009. Ferne moved to Houston to be near her son in April 2010 and was a resident there until her passing in 2013.
Ferne was fond of many things during her long life including travel, dancing, entertaining, and visiting with her family and with a large number of friends. As we remember Ferne, we think of her love, laughter, energy, hospitality, fun, and as a true Viking fan. She was a member of the Buffalo American Legion Auxiliary since 1947 and also served as an auxiliary president.
Ferne is survived by her son Ron and his wife, Solsiree of Houston; sister Isabel Vatne of Duluth, Minn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; longtime partner Barney; husband Byron; sister Joyce Cass; and nephew Greg Cass.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Peterson Funeral Home in Buffalo.

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