Ferne Jackson, 92, of Creston died March 22, 2013, at Creston Nursing and Rehab Center.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the First Christian Church. The Rev. Ed Shields, United Church of Diagonal, will officiate. Interment will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 809 W. Montgomery St. Visitation with family present will be 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Creston Nursing and Rehab Center, Alzheimers Association and/or Care Initiatives Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Ferne Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of Myrtle (Barker) and Clarence Ambrose, was born March 24, 1920, in Kent.
Ferne lived in or near Creston her entire life.
Ferne graduated from Kent High School in 1938.
On May 4, 1941, Ferne married John William Jackson in Maryville, Mo.
Ferne performed house cleaning for various people in Creston before she began work as a cook in the Creston Public School System. She worked as a cook for many years and as the head cook for several years prior to retirement.
Ferne moved to Creston Nursing and Rehab Center in January 2006.
Ferne was a long-time member of the First Christian Church of Creston and volunteered many hours with the different circles of the church.
Ferne is survived by her son Gary Jackson of Creston; stepson Hal (Harriett) Jackson of Winterset; daughter Karen Jackson of Afton; step-daughter-in-law Tillie Jackson of Delta, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Russell “Pete” Ambrose and Eldon (Sharon) Ambrose, all of Kent; sisters, Delma Bittner of Creston and Helen Ridel of Oklahoma; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Ferne was preceded in death by her parents; husband on Dec. 11, 1994; infant son in 1948; grandson Scotty Norris; brother Lyle Ambrose; stepson Albert “Sonny” Jackson; and brothers-in-law, Ed Bittner and Dick Ridel.