She was raised in Dove Creek, CO.
Fern moved to Monticello, UT at the age of 16, where she graduated from Monticello High School in 1936.
She attended Adams State College in Alamosa, CO, before graduating from nurse’s training in Denver in 1940.
Fern’s nursing career included working for hospitals in Grand Junction and Durango, CO; Moab and Monticello, UT; a nursing home in Blanding, UT; as well as a public health nurse for Park City, Grand and San Juan counties, UT.
Some of her duties included charge nurse, director of nursing, head surgical nurse and nursing supervisor; all prior to retiring as nursing instructor for the College of Eastern Utah.
During her nursing career, she owned and managed a dry goods store for a few years in Monticello.
After retiring, she and her husband moved to St. Johns in 1979 to be close to their only child and his family.
Everyone who knew her knew of her filing hobby, which filled 27 four- and five-drawer cabinets with files ranging from wars and conflicts, politics, movie stars and space exploration.
If you needed information, she had it. She made more than 200 scrapbooks and photo albums of her family, who she dearly loved.
Throughout her life, she witnessed horse and buggy to jet cars; outdoor toilets to hot indoor water; the invention of radio, television, and typewriters to computers; man on the moon; as well as countless inventions in the medical field, but she never did master the use of a cell phone.
Fern is preceded in death by her parents, brother, two sisters and husband.
She is survived by her son Jim (Dianne); grandsons James (Crystal), Robert (Sylvia) and Michael (Angela); eight great-grandsons; and three great-granddaughters.
A celebration of life service were held Saturday, January 14, 2017, Springerville.
Interment at the National Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ.
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Burnham Mortuary of Eagar handled arrangements.