OBITUARY - NAOMI "FERNE" (GRAHAM) CREGEEN
Naomi Ferne (GRAHAM) CREGEEN, the last living child of James Monroe and Nellie (SHEETS) GRAHAM, was born south of Diagonal,
Iowa on September 6, 1911. She attended Diagonal Community school, graduating in 1931.
Ferne and Stanley went to Savanna, MO to get married in April of her senior year. During their life together, they lived
in Diagonal and Clearfield, Iowa and Portland, Oregon. In 1944 they returned to Diagonal, later moving to Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Five children, Richard, Mary, Roland, Elsie and Dale, were born to their union. They also raised two of their
grandchildren for several years, and helped Elsie with her children while she went to college and started to work.
Ferne and Stanley had the privilege of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1981, and were married for almost 60
years at his death. After Stanley passed away, Ferne returned to Diagonal.
Ferne worked for Art and Laura Bonebrake in their grocery store in Diagonal and later at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr
as a cook and a certified nurse aide. She liked to fish and could often be seen fishing while Stanley read the paper or
napped by her side. She enjoyed visiting with her family and friends, playing bingo at the nursing home, going out with
family and attending family reunions.
Ferne enjoyed going to the Tingley Meal Site with Kenny and Beva MORROW. While there she had a stroke and was taken to
the hospital and later to the Afton Care Center. Later she was transferred to the Creston Nursing and Rehab Center where
she lived out the remainder of her life. She passed away at this center on January 26, 2002.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Richard, and wife Ila of Creston, Iowa; daughter, Mary, and husband Joe McCALL of
Webb City, Missouri; son, Roland, of Creston; daughter, Elsie CREVELING, of Creston; and son, Dale, and wife Phyllis of
Rockford, Illinois. She also is remembered and loved by 17 grandchildren and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Ferne was not just our mother, she was our best friend.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 29, 2002 at United Church of Diagonal in Diagonal with Reverend Karen GARRISON
officiating. Musicians were Judy NEWTON and Rochelle MASON. Casket bearers were Brandon GILES, Jeremy GILES, Brent GILES,
Dustin GILES, Brad GILES and John BIRKINSHA, Jr.
Ferne was laid to rest in the Diagonal Cemetery, Diagonal.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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