Fern Miller, 87, of Cabool, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri, from lymphoma.
She was born May 11, 1926, to Gilford and Mary Brown of Solo, Missouri. She was the seventh child of thirteen in the family.
Her brothers and sisters were Paul (deceased), Orville (d), Leatha (d), Pearl (d), Jewell (d), Wade (d), Delmar (d), Elmer (d), Dwaine, Gerald, Roy Dean (d), and Kay Brown (d).
She was raised on the farm and had many chores. At age 14 she began cooking three meals a day for the family. Fern was a cook at Midwest, El Rancho, Cabool Senior Center, Cabool Schools and Kabul Nursing Home for many years, retiring at age 75. She was gifted in the kitchen, as anyone who has eaten from her table can attest.
At age 13, Fern accepted Christ as her Savior at a revival being held at Newel Church. She was baptized in Hog Creek behind the church. She was a Sunday school teacher and program coordinator for many years at Faith and Hope. Later she moved her membership to Mt. Pisgah.
Fern married Jesse Miller on June 1, 1946 in Gerard, Kansas. Jesse passed May 18, 1987 and Fern did not remarry. They had six boys: Ralph, Harold (d), James, Jerry, Lonny, and Ronald.
Fern leaves many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and friends who all love and miss her. Her Sunday dinners will never be forgotten.
Fern did not have a driver’s license and walked or rode the bus to conduct her business. In the last few years the bus drivers were very important people to her as they always did the extras, and the family thanks them.
Services were at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the funeral chapel with Rev. David Carroll officiating. Pallbearers were Robert Gray, Kelbert Miller, Dennis Miller, Chayton Reese, Austin Miller and Christopher Lewis. Interment was in Miller Cemetery near Elk Creek, Missouri, under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.
Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.