McGregor, N.D. – Brooke Ann Duray, 26, of McGregor, ND, formerly of Holdingford, and Leonard, died peacefully on Thursday, November 17, 2016 with her loving family at her side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Warsaw, ND with Father Bob Schreiner presiding. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery in Terrebonne, MN at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Brooks. Visitation will also be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.
Brooke Ann Duray, 26 was born on May 11, 1990 in Thief River Falls, the daughter of Gary Paul Duray and Becky Kay Tvedt Opatz. She was baptized at the St. Vincent De Paul Church in Plummer. She attended school in Holdingford, where she was active in diving, basketball, FFA and 4-H.
Brooke lived and loved life in a large way. She was a carefree person who enjoyed having fun with family and friends She made friends easily, leaving a lasting impression. Brooke wasn't at all afraid to try new things. Because of this, she acquired diverse interests including riding horse, cats, snowmobiling, kayaking, downhill skiing, shopping, traveling, coordinating events for her friends and family, and always helping people and critters, often putting them before herself. From an early age, Brooke enjoyed going on horse camping trips with her mother and guests. With her father, she attended auctions all over the country side. She organized events to attend with her friends, her favorite being listening to old country music. She won't be forgotten anytime soon.
Brooke had a variety of jobs including Certified Nursing Assistant at Cornerstone Residence in Fosston, bartender at Pine Lake and Trail Bar. In the fall of 2013, Brooke was hired on with Neset Consulting Service in Tioga, ND. This is where she met RC, Roy Neset Jr., and they became the love of each other’s lives. Brooke settled on a 30 acre farm with RC north of McGregor, ND where she enjoyed landscaping, gardening, training her horses, and spending summers with her brother.
In December of 2014, Brooke was diagnosed with a very aggressive mouth cancer. She stayed positive as she fought hard. Over the next two years, she spent a lot of time at the Mayo Clinic, where she became friends with doctors, nurses, and patients from as far away as Saudi Arabia. Even while fighting this battle against cancer, she still put others before herself and often times marveled at the strength and perseverance of other cancer patients, downplaying her own issues.
Survivors include her mother, Becky (David) Opatz of Kinsey, MT; father, Gary (Jeanette) Duray of Leonard; siblings, Amy Duray and her son, Erik of Wassenaar, Netherlands; Shawnda Duray of Gonvick, and Phillip Opatz of Kinsey, MT; grandparents, Karen Tvedt of Plummer, Ed and Elaine Opatz of Sartell; fiancé, Roy Neset Jr., and many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, pets and her special cat, JJ.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ole Tvedt and Henry and Lorraine Duray; aunts, Diane Larson, Mary Duray and Patti Hosler-Duray; and uncle, John Duray.
Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfuneralservice.com.