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August 21, 1946 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Fern Marie Reed, the daughter of Cecil and Irene (Bisbee) Figgins, was born August 21, 1946, at the family farmstead near Burr Oak, Kansas. She departed this life on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at the Brodstone hsoptial in Superior, Nebraska at the age of 77 years, 3 months and 8 days.
A lifelong resident of Jewell County, Fern grew up in the Burr Oak area. She received her education attending the Burr Oak schools, graduating with the class of 1965. She was united in marriage with Merl Reed on July 17, 1965, at the Methodist Church in blue Oak. This union was blessed with two sons, Michael and Marcus. Fern enjoyed working on the family farm with her husband as well as raising cattle. She continued working the farm until her death and raised cattle until 2021.
In her leisure time she enjoyed square dancing with her husband. Fern and Merl enjoyed making memories by attending square dances with close lifelong friends. Fern laughed easily and enjoyed playing pranks on all of her loved ones. Any get-together at the Reed farm was spent playing cards. She enjoyed pitch and rummy. Fern was a good cook, candy maker and baker. She is known for her delicious cakes that she made for over 45 years. Fern worked 30-lus years for the Mankato Livestock Inc. She was always busy sewing and raising a garden.
Left to keep her memory are her sons, Michael and wife, Amy; and Marcus and wife, Debbie. Also surviving are three grandsons, Derk, Jake and Jaden Reed; sisters, Charlotte Pletcher, Pauline Mills, Twila Morris, Marilyn Warneking and Joan Pate and a sister-in-law, Karen Figgins; as well as numerous other relatives and an uncountable amount of friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Merl; brothers, Franklin, Glen and Carl Figgins; and sisters, Lorene and Carolyn.
Services were Monday, December 4, 2023, at 9:00 am at Williams Funeral Home in Red Cloud with the Rev. Dan Benedict officiating.
Interment was at the Burr Oak Cemetery.
Williams Funeral Home
241 West 4th Avenue
Red Cloud, Nebraska 68970