Miss Fern E. Wilson, Roosevelt Junior high school counselor, in Mason City,
died Thursday morning, April 21st in a hospital in that city. She had been
a teacher in Mason City for many years and made her home at 113 N.
Miss Wilson was born at Clearfield, daughter of David and Sabilla Wilson. She
was graduated from Clearfield High School, attended Simpson College
at Indianola and Drake University, Des Moines, where she received B.A. and
She taught first in Mason City as a science teacher and then was a guidance
counselor. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega social sorority and Delta
Kappa Gamma professional teachers sorority. She was a member of the United
Presbyterian Church at Lenox.
Her past professional activities included president of the Junior High School
Association, president of the Mason City Education Association, president,
chairman of the executive board and National Education Association (NBA)
director for the North Central District of the Iowa State Education Assn.
(1SEA). She was a life member of the NBA and ISEA, and had been on the NEA
committee on juvenile delinquency and took part in the classroom teacher
in Washington, D.C., on juvenile delinquency.
Her non-professional activities included the presidency of the Council of
Social Agencies of Mason City, and she had been a member of the American
of University Women. She won a number of golf championships, she held
membership in the Hole-in-One Club, having won that in the Women's State Golf
Tournament in Des Moines in 1929. She was an enthusiastic supporter of all
school sports at Roosevelt. At one time she coached the boys basketball team,
which won the city championship.
Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. J. R. Fling, Kansas City, Mo.; Mrs. C. J.
Everett, Minneapolis, Minn., and Mrs. E. V. Goodale, Lenox. She was preceded
in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters.
The funeral was at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Major Memorial Chapel. Dr. Walter
J. Kalvesmaki, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiated.
Burial was in the Clearfield Cemetery. A service was also held here Saturday
at Bender's, the Rev. James Eddy officiating.
Transcription and Submission by Lorelei Rusco, February of 2014