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12/27/2017 - Fern Hawthorne Eleson

Funeral services for Fern Ruby Hawthorne Eleson, age 96, of Whitney, NE will be at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron, NE with Pastor Aaron Sprock officiating.  on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron. School. She was also a poet and wrote many poems about her family and farm life.
 
Burial will be at the Greenwood Cemetery in Chadron, NE.
 
A visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM
 
A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.  
 
Online condolences can be made at www.chamberlainchapel.com.
 
Fern passed away on December 22, 2017 at Chadron Community Hospital in Chadron, NE. She was born on August 8, 1921 at her family home south of Hay Springs, NE.
   
She was born to Frank and Angie Hawthorne at their home south of Hay Springs, NE and was the youngest of nine children: five brothers and three sisters.
She attended several country schools during her youth as the family moved several times to different farms.
 
She graduated from high school in 1938 and attended Chadron State College for one year to get her teaching certificate. Then she taught at district R and one year at Rose Hill country schools.
 
On August 27, 1941, Fern married Floyd W. Eleson, and to that union, eight children were born: Richard (stillborn), Nancy (Bill Gilbert), Duane (Teckla), Kenneth (Barbara), Kathy (Jerry Scott), Kay (Dan Curtis), Bonnie, and Keven (Laurie).
 
Fern was well known for her delicious cooking and helping with Bethel Sunday
 
She loved the Lord and has gone to spend eternity with those who had gone first: husband Floyd, children Nancy, Kathy and Kay, and son-in-law Dan.
 
She is survived by three sons and one daughter as well as 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
 
Chamberlain Chapel in Chadron is in charge of arrangements for Fern Ruby Hawthorne Eleson.

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