Fern Lemonds


Fern Roberta Lemonds, 90, of Ottumwa, died at 1:26 a.m. December 8, 2021 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
She was born September 13, 1931 in Moravia to Robert and Ava McKern Foster. Fern married Lee Orman Lemonds on December 4, 1949 and he preceded her in death on March 17, 2015.

Fern had operated a day care from her home for 34 years.

She was a member of Davis Street Christian Church, helping with various women’s ministries including funeral dinners. She was a member of TOPS.

Surviving are her children, Jimmy Lemonds, Lyla Rose (Mike) Drey and Linda Harrington, all of Ottumwa; grandchildren, Brian (Tami) Frederick of Plainwell, MI, Travis (Brittany) Harrington of Altoona, Jamie (Kim) Lemonds of Ottumwa, Julie (Scott) Johnson of Moravia, Erica (Levi) Ward of Blakesburg, Sara Lemonds of Ottumwa and Jeff Lemonds of Ottumwa; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Twyla Clark.

Visitation will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, December 12th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 13th at Davis Street Christian Church with Pastor James H. Wakelin officiating. For those unable to attend, the service may be viewed live on the Davis Street Christian Church Facebook page. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Davis Street Christian Church or to the family.

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