I. Ferne Soukup, 100, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 7, 2019. She was born June 16, 1918, to Reuben and Edna Mefferd east of Woodbine and was raised there on a farm.
After high school, she taught in various rural schools in Harrison County. On June 26, 1938, Ferne married Lester F. Soukup.
They lived in Clarinda and Atlantic, before moving to Woodbine in 1943 to the family farm where they had two sons: Roger R. and Richard C.
In 1996 she moved to Omaha, Neb., where she began reading to children at the Skinner Magnet School, a program sponsored by an Omaha Kiwanis Club. She returned to Woodbine in 2017.
Ferne was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Woodbine serving in many capacities. She especially enjoyed working with the youth and taught Sunday School for over 20 years.
Ferne was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lester Soukup; two sisters Donnabelle Stephany and Maxine Jenkins; and her eldest son, Roger Soukup.
Ferne is survived by her son, Richard Soukup and his wife Linda of Houston, Texas; daughter-in-law, Jan Soukup of The Villages, Fla.; three grandchildren, Timothy Soukup of Royal Palm Beach, Fla.; Mark Soukup and his wife Lila of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and Liane and her husband Daniel Chlebowski of Houston, Texas; three great grandchildren, Gabriele and Brianna Soukup and Chloe Chlebowski; and many nieces and nephews and their families and friends.
A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the United Methodist Church in Woodbine. Pastor Stephanie Cramer was the clergy.
Mary Sceray gave Ferne’s eulogy. Musicians for the service were Mary Kay Eby and Nancy Marshall. The musical selections were, “In My Father’s House” sang by Sue Benedickt and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” sang by The Noteables. The recorded musical selections were, “Amazing Grace” by David Doring on the pan flute and “How Great Thou Art” by Nick Tacu on the pan flute.
Honorary pall bearers were Bob Stephany, Dennis Stephany and Jack Warner. Pall bearers were Dean Stephany, Denny Topf, Paul Marshall, Bob Eby, Bill Stephany, Jim Rock and Steven Jensen. Ferne’s final resting place is at the Woodbine Cemetery.
Fouts Funeral Home in Woodbine was in charge of arrangements.