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Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.George Bernard Shaw

This memorial website was created to remember our dearest FERN HODGES who was born in Arkansas LOGAN COUNTY on December 15, 1918 and passed away on October 15, 2006 at the age of 87. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.


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Kristan Johnston
 Mama Fern was a marvel. How could a person who had to spend years caring for an increasingly sick husband and then do the same for her son after his Lou Gehrig's  disease striped him of his ability to manage on his own, come out seemingly unscathed? I swear she was actually younger than she was   before this saga began. A    couple months shy of turning 88, she still drove a car occasionally to take friends to their doctor's  appointments, to go to church,  run errands; things of this nature. She lived alone and managed her  own affairs  very well despite the pain she had often suffered at the hands of various ailments & conditions that seemingly go  hand in hand with aging. I couldn't get over how well her  hearing was; she must never  have listened to  Rock-n-roll music because she  could hear way better than me! She had her wits about her     and was a pistol when she got going on top of  that soapbox she would perch upon when         something drove her to such passion! I still     hear    her laughter that I will forever           cherish when I  told her about me and Brian    both having "turtle lips." Yes, I will miss my Mama Fern and I am sorry I couldn't make the funeral. I will swing by to see you on    Thanksgiving though. My only wish would be   that you could have hung on long enough  to  share one more of many, many holidays   together and you could have met Thomas, the   man I am engaged to. Blessed I am to have only good memories of our last shared visits    and conversations to cherish for the remaining  days  I  have left to walk on my  own precarious journey through life's jungle  of  twists and turns. I will keep you in my   mind for inspiration in my times of weakness   and self pity. I love you and miss  you already. God Speed!  Eternal love from your grand daughter, Kristan  

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Hank Johnston Time Passes October 22, 2006

Eugenia, Kristan, Kelly and Jeffery:


I was sad to hear of your loss. After reading about Fern from Kristan, I have to say that I think you were pretty lucky to have known her.





Kristan Johnston Poem by Unknown Writer October 21, 2006

"Do not stand at my grave and weep.

I am not there. I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow;

I am a diamond's glint on the snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain;

I am the gentle autumn's rain.

when you awaken

in the morning's hush,

I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft star that shines at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.

I am not there.I did not die.

Cathey Litts maiden name Johnston October 21, 2006

My condolences to all of you.  I haven't seen Fern in years but remember her kindness to me as a teenager.  She allowed me to stay in her home and get to know my first niece.  She made me feel so welcomed.  I remember her always running to do something or help someone and laughing a lot.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


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1977 Chick, Fern, Jerry, Kristan, & Kelly Thanksgiving 2000 Thanksgiving 1991 Thanksgiving 1988 Song Lyrics to "Whats this Life for?' by Creed Thanksgiving 2001 Easter 1986 Thanksgiving 1991 Thanksgiving 2001 FERN< GARFIELD JR>GARFIELD SR> Easter 1986 Fern, Chick, Garfield Jr. Thanksgiving 1991