OBITUARY - FERN LEELLA (WOOLLUMS) JEANES
Fern Leella (WOOLLUMS) JEANES, the daughter of Floyd and Blanche WOOLLUMS, was born near Tingley, Iowa, on August
28, 1924, and passed away on January 17, 2009, at the Lucas County Health Center at Chariton, Iowa, after a brief
Fern was the eldest of three children, sharing the family home with her sister Julia and brother Avery. She went to
school in Tingley and graduated in 1942. She worked for a short while at restaurants in Creston and Mount Ayr. She was
married to James Robert "Bobby" JEANES on November 2, 1946, after he returned from World War II. To this union was
born one son, Bobby Ray.
Fern spent the majority of her life as a housewife, riding along with Bobby wherever he went. If the truck left to
go to Hatfield to check the cows, you can bet Fern was in the passengerís seat, prepared to open and close the gates
for Bobby as he drove. She enjoyed attending horse shows and rodeos with the family all over Iowa and northern
Missouri. Rodeo travels took her as far as Helena, Montana and Huron, South Dakota to watch Bobby Ray participate in
the National High School Rodeo Finals. Fern enjoyed meeting up with the ladies at "club" once a month to talk about
the big happenings going on in Mount Ayr and Redding. After Bobby passed away in May of 1999, she remained at home
until June of 2007, when after a fall she moved to Chariton to be closer to her family. Fern had never lived in an
apartment complex before, but thoroughly enjoyed her time at Southgate Apartments in Chariton with all of the other
elderly residents. She was famous for the angel food cakes and cherry delight dessert she always brought to the
Fern is survived by her son, Bobby Ray and wife, Tammy, and their two children, Trenton Ray and Tacy Lynne JEANES of
Chariton. She is also survived by her brother, Avery WOOLLUMS and wife Alice of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and
sister, Julia SANDEFUR of Moline, Illinois; nephew Larry SANDEFUR of Moline, Illinois and niece Linda EMMONS of
Kississimee, Florida; brother and sister-in-laws Dorothy and George SAVILLE of Mount Ayr, Patricia and Bill HUNT of
Blockton and Charlie and Vickie JEANES of Mount Ayr, along with many other dear family members and friends.
Memorials are to the family.
Services held Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 10:30 a.m., Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, Mount Ayr, Iowa. Interment was in Redding Cemetery, Redding, Iowa.
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