Clela Ferne Pate, 84, formerly of Ottumwa, died at 2:35 a.m. August 27, 2022 at Bergen Mercy Hospital in Omaha, NE.
She was born August 2, 1938 in Ottumwa to Jasper Lee and Veona Grace Carl Toopes. Ferne married James R. Pate on June 5, 1956 and he preceded her in death on October 18, 2000.
A 1956 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Ferne had been a resident of Omaha since 1972.
Surviving are her children, Roberta Pate, Barbara (Rick) Waltermeyer, James (Norine) Pate Jr, Edward Pate all of Omaha, NE, Thomas (Mike) Pate-Orr of Bellevue, NE; 6 grandchildren, Chris Mathiasen, K.J. Holz, Michael Lee Johnson, James Robert Pate III, Jamie Pate and Carrie Pate: 7 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mabel Headley and Patty Long both of Ottumwa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael Pate; siblings, Maxine Root, Pearl Guthrie, Lydia Walton, Betty Katzenburger, Leonard Toopes, Robert Toopes, Samuel Toopes, Raymond Toopes, John Toopes and Darrell Carl.
Visitation will be open at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 1st, at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, September 2nd, at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating. For those unable to attend the service it may be viewed on the Reece Funeral Home Facebook page. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the family.