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Ferne Viola More

January 26, 1934 — October 23, 2018

Ferne More, age 84, died Tuesday October 23, 2018 peacefully in her home with her loving family and husband by her side. A memorial service will be held Monday 10:30AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Blue Earth with Russell Steele officiating. Visitation will be 4-6PM Sunday October 28 at Patton Funeral Home 400 E 14th St Blue Earth.

Ferne Viola Risk was born January 26, 1934 in Ledyard, IA to Orville and Esther (Richter) Risk. She was the only girl of three children. She attended school in Elmore and graduated with the class of 1952. Right after high school, she married the love of her life James More on August 9, 1952. Together, they farmed south of Blue Earth and raised four children. In 1968, they moved into town where they still reside.  After they both retired, they would travel to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to avoid the cold, harsh, Minnesota winters.

Aside from raising her children and helping on the farm, Ferne held many different jobs outside the home. She was employed at Telex, St. Luke’s as the housekeeping supervisor, Green Giant in the summers, and Blue Earth Elementary School where she worked as a “lunch lady” until retiring in 1994. Her hobbies included quilting, cross stitching, sewing, playing the piano, socializing over coffee, and keeping up with her grandchildren. What she will be most remembered for is her fantastic ability to cook and bake, her kringla and lefsa at Christmas, her famous and unduplicatable banana bread, and her Chex mix that you could never have just one handful. Her biggest joy, though, was cooking big meals for her family and having everyone around the dinner table to cherish old memories and make new ones.

Ferne is survived by her soul mate and husband of 66 years, James; three sons, Monte (Gayle) of Jackson, Mitchell (Sharon) of New Ulm, and Murri (Paula) of Albert Lea; her daughter, Monica (special friend Brad Zierke) More of Blue Earth; her brother, Wayne (Joyce) Risk of Elmore; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren with 2 more bundles of joy on the way, as well as many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Darreld, and grandson Ryan Mensing.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Sunday, October 28, 2018

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Patton Funeral Home and Cremation Service

400 E 14th St, Blue Earth, MN 56013

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Memorial Service

Monday, October 29, 2018

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