Delores (Ferm) Durward

Delores (Ferm) Durward, 79, Bismarck, formerly of Bowbells, died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck. She had a long 9-year battle with Parkinson’s.

Delores was born on Oct. 26, 1934, on a farm in Burke County to Olger and Myrtle Ferm. She attended grades 1-8 in a country school in Carter Township. She graduated from Bowbells High School in 1952. Delores married her high school sweetheart, Harley Durward, on Aug. 1, 1954. They lived in Bowbells the entire time, except for two years when Harley was in the service, when they lived in Olympia, Wash. They spent their winters in Arizona, starting in 1994, and moved to Bismarck in 2007.

After high school, Delores worked for Schaffer Drug. She also worked at Montana-Dakota Utilities in Kenmare. She was a Tupperware dealer and manager in 1987 and 1988, but her full-time job was taking care of her family and home.

Delores was a member of the United Methodist Church in Bowbells. She had been a member of the Walster Homemakers since 1965. She was an excellent cook and baker, and taking care of her grandkids was her pride and joy.

Delores is survived by: her husband, Harley, Bismarck; daughters, Terri (Tim) Salter, of Menoken, and Kristine (Kyle) Melby, of Bismarck; grandson, Ryan (fiancee, Amber) Nelson, Denver; granddaughter, Crystal (Travis) Jochim, Bismarck; grandson, Jacob Salter, Lincoln; granddaughter, Kenley Melby; grandsons, Kirkland and Kyler Melby; and great-granddaughter, Macy Joy Jochim, all of Bismarck. She is also survived by one brother, Gerald (Myrna) Ferm, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

She is preceded in death by: her son, Kirk Harley Durward; two brothers; one sister; and her parents.

Special thanks to Dr. John Erickstad, Dr. Ralph Dunnigan and Westview staff at Missouri Slope for all of the wonderful care they gave Delores through the years.

Services: will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Parkway Funeral Service in Bismarck with Rev. Rebecca Aardahl officiating.

Graveside services: will be held in the spring at the Bowbells Community Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (, Bismarck Senior Citizen’s Center, St. Alexius Hospice, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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