Fern Lucelle DeFrance, 97, Marshalltown, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Grandview Heights Nursing and Rehab in Marshalltown.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the Turner Cemetery. Visitation will be held 5 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, followed by a brief service, at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Memorials may be directed to the family.
Fern Lucelle DeFrance was born on Nov. 17, 1914 in Toledo, the daughter of Ray and Ruth (Hofer) Lowry. Fern attended school in the Green Mountain School District graduating with the class of 1932.
Fern Lucelle DeFrance
On Aug. 29, 1933, Fern was united in marriage to Arthur DeFrance at the courthouse in Eldora.Fern and Art had farmed in Garwin until 1950, and then farmed in rural Toledo area until retiring to Marshalltown in 1988. Fern had been a child care provider from the mid-60s thru the 80s; she had been a member of the Turner Cemetery Society, Carlton Brethren Church and the Farm Bureau. She enjoyed attending her grandkid's sports and other activities, especially following her sons, grandkids and great-grandkids go-kart and stock car racing, Fern was a great cook, she raised chickens, loved her rock and flower gardens and had a green thumb, but most of all she loved her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Barbara Murty, Chelsea, Dale DeFrance and Larry (Betty Long) DeFrance and Deb Anderson all of of Marshalltown; seven grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 31 great-great-grandchildren.
In heaven Fern will be reunited with her husband Arthur, brother Forrest Lowry, son-in-law; Dennis Murty, daughter-in-law, Ivey DeFrance, granddaughters Darla Murty and Linda DeFrance and great-granddaughter Shelly Culbertson-Thomlazin.