Fern Holliday, 97, of Creston, died Monday, February 20, 2017, at the Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston. Funeral services will be 10:30 on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Pastor Rick Titus will officiate the service. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Open visitation will be from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday with the family receiving friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Powers Funeral Home in Creston. Memorials may be made to the St. John's United Church of Christ. On line condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.
Ida Fern Holliday daughter of Olive Lavina (Staley) Merritt and Frank Robert Merritt was born November 19, 1919 in Union County, Iowa. Fern graduated from Creston High School in 1937. She went on to Simpson College. She taught country school until she was married.
On June 22, 1940, Fern was united in marriage to Frank William Holliday at the First Presbyterian Church in Creston, Ia. They settled in Union County where she worked as a clerk for Woolworth's for 12 ½ years and later another sixteen years for National Farmers Organization. Fern also was an active mother and homemaker. Fern volunteered with meals on wheels. Fern was a member of the St. John United Church of Christ, Evening Women's Fellowship and the Hospital Auxiliary. Fern in her spare time crocheted and quilted but her greatest passion was her children and grandchildren.
Fern is survived by three daughters Joyce (husband Jack) Clark of Creston, Ia., Judy (husband Gary) Smither Rapid City, S.D. and Lavonne (husband Wade) Motsinger of Winterset, Ia.; a son Harold (wife Cathy) Holliday of Creston; nine grandchildren, Jenny Thompson (Thad Hoffman) of Creston, Ia., Trent (wife Tarrah) Holliday of Creston, Ia., Shelene (husband Ryan) Kelley of Thayer, Ia., Travis (wife Jenny) Clark of Osceola, Ia., Tiffany (husband Pete) Davidson of Lenox, Ia., Michael (wife Paula) Motsinger of Winterset, Ia., Lori (husband Thomas) Fulcher of Winterset, Ia., Mark (wife Barbara) Smither of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Minda (husband Rich) Parsons of Rapid City, S.D.; 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren with another on the way. Fern was preceded in death by her parents, husband Frank Holliday, four brothers, Edward, Jonas, Everett and Ervil Merritt; four sisters, Ethel Freeman, Myrtle Grimm, Bernice Young and Gladys Haney and a great-great-grandson.
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