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Fern L. Smith

Fern L. Smith

July 23, 1921 - May 24, 2007

MORRIS -- Fern Leona Smith, 85, of Morris died Thursday at the Stevens Community Medical Center in Morris.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Paul's Evangelical Church in Morris. Burial will be Vinger Cemetery in Donnelly.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church and for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Arrangements are with Pedersen Funeral Home of Morris.

She was born July 23, 1921, in Donnelly Township in Stevens County to Charlie and Florence (Smith) Sperr. She was raised and attended country school there. She later graduated from Alberta High School.

On Oct. 18, 1939, she married Gordon M. Smith. They farmed in rural Donnelly. In 2001, she moved to Morris after selling the farm to her son.

She was active in the Stevens County Homemakers Club and the Stevens County Fair.

She is survived by her sons: Donnie (and Dawn) Smith of Brooklyn Park, Happy Smith of Minneapolis, Mike (and Rhoda) Smith of Donnelly and Greg Smith of Fridley; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 10 brothers and sisters: Irene (and Herb) Kill of Morris, Ralph (and Bertie) Sperr of Morris, Charlotte (and Hank) Atzmiller of St. Paul, Lucille Jenrich of Andover, Clinton (and Vera) Sperr of Moses Lake, Wash., June Hoover of Montclair, Calif., Joyce Gerstner of Morris, Elwood Sperr of Forest Lake and Phyllis Tondelli of Tampa, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter: Trudy Smith; and one sister.