Patricia Ferrin, 69

Patricia (Trish) Joyce Ferrin, 69, of Webster, died Friday, March 1, 2013, at her home.

Patricia was born on August 25, 1943, in Huron, SD, a daughter of Otto and Catherine Werner. She attended Huron High School and upon graduation, moved to Minneapolis where she met and married her husband, Mike Ferrin. Trish enjoyed antiquing and filled her log home with eclectic finds such as 17th century quilts, Americana artifacts and various items. A lifelong supporter of animal rights, she opened her home to any and all creatures, including dogs, cats, birds, and even raccoons, snakes and a bobcat. Visitors were charmed and entertained by her beloved African Gray parrots, Gonzo and Andy. She loved reading, the movie Popeye, delighting family and friends with her stories of youth and spending time with her grandchildren, Tiegan and Stone. Trish and Mike owned and operated Ferrin Farms, where they raised cattle, crops and Arabian horses. They traveled throughout Canada and the U.S. showing their horses and winning numerous awards. Every day, seven days a week, Trish left her home at midnight, working until 6 a.m. at the family's commercial cleaning company and returning home to fulfill her other roles of wife, mother and farmer. Her cancer diagnosis did not dampen her independent streak or fighting spirit. Always a health food proponent, she embraced holistic treatments and Eastern philosophies in treating her cancer.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years; sons Chad, Los Angeles, CA, and Justin, Webster; two grandchildren; siblings Harold (Gina) Werner, Amarillo, TX, Jan (Tom) Logan, Burnsville, Connie Murphy, St. Paul, Terry (Joan) Werner, Columbia Falls, MT, and Rick (Judy) Werner, Lexington, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister Cheryl Matthies.

Services are pending and cremation has taken place.

Arrangements are with the Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Prior Lake Chapel.

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