Fern Christine Williams, 92, of Buchanan, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at her daughters’ home, in Buchanan.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 am on Friday, September 25, 2020, at Swem Chapel, 301 W. Front St., Buchanan. A time of visitation will take place from 5-8 pm on Thursday, September 24, 2020 also at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mission Hills Memorial Chapel, Niles. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Fern’s name may be made to Red Bud Area Ministries, 708 Red Bud Trail, Buchanan. Those wishing to send a condolence online may do so at www.swemchapel.com.
Fern was born in South Bend, Indiana, to Christopher and Bessie Kahlmorgan. On November 1, 1946, she married Franklin LeRoy Williams and they built their home and family in the Buchanan area. Fern was very active in the community and the First United Methodist Church. She worked at Electro-Voice until they moved from the area. She then was a cook for the Niles Community Schools. She was on the Board for Red Bud Area Ministries and also volunteered there for many years. She was on the Memorial Board at the church and had also been President of the American Legion Auxiliary and Worthy Matron for Eastern Star.
Fern’s hobbies included crossword puzzles, spending time with grandkids and cooking. She was known for her cookies and famous apple dumplings. She loved to travel and her family swore she kept a packed suitcase under her bed and ready to go anytime.
In 2003, Fern was preceded in death by husband of 57 years, Franklin Williams. She was also preceded in death by daughter Diane VanBlaricum, granddaughter, Casey Pollitt and sisters, Mildred, Sylvia, Betty and brother, Bill. She is survived by one sister, Bernice Tompkins of South Bend; daughters, Sandra (Wayne) Whitmyer, JoAnn (Gerald) Pollitt and son Richard (Shirley) Williams. She is also survived by grandchildren, Jason (Sherrie) Williams, Jeremy (Samantha) Williams, Shawne (Randy) Sheldon, Andy & Billy Crooker and Jeff (Laura) Pollitt. Her family includes ten great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Posted On: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:18 PM
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