Mary (Ford, Brallier) Himrod, 87

Mary (Ford, Brallier) Himrod, age 87, of Eagan passed away March 22, 2023.  She is survived by her daughters, Mary Brallier (Don Koetz), Julie Slonine, Sarah Hill (Jay); step-daughters, Joan Gage, Susan Strigel (Tom), and Julie Hesse (Joe); grandchildren,  Dean Hill, Sam Gage, Lauren Strigel, Paige Strigel, Meredith Strigel, Olivia Hesse, Aaron Hesse, Alex Hesse, and Molly Slonine; sisters, Char Beekmann (Gary) and Helen Nelson; brothers, John Ford (Carolyn), Richard Ford (Shirley), Robert Ford (Linda), and Dennis Ford (Amy); as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends she considered family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Helen Ford; first husband, Dean Brallier; second husband, Ralph Himrod; son-in-law, Mateos Slonine; sisters, Julie Ford, Barbara Elsner and Jean Ford; brothers, Jim and Joe Ford; nieces, Teresa Elsner and Michelle Salter.

In her retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at St. John Neumann and with the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and baking many dozens of cookies for her grandchildren and neighbors. She found great joy in traveling to far-flung parts of the world. Mary regularly delivered both sound advice and witty one-liners, and never stopped sharing her kindness and attention with members of her community. 

She loved her family dearly. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. She was an amazing mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She touched the lives of so many people and will be truly missed and never, ever forgotten. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2023, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Eagan. Visitation one hour prior. Lunch will follow at the church. 



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