Ferne T. Jones
Ferne T. Jones, 87, passed away Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 at her home in Gresham, Ore., surrounded by her family. Her family held a private graveside service Friday, Dec. 18.
Ferne Brackey was born Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1933 in Lake Mills, the daughter of Frances Brackey. She was a very adventurous young girl, growing up in Lake Mills, in the late 1950s. In 1957, Ferne had a long-time friend who had moved to Oregon State, and said to her, “Come out here and I’ll get you a job, and maybe even find you a boyfriend.”
Well, things worked out for she and Ferne both.
Ferne first got a job at the Mallard Café in downtown Gresham, which was at the time, a small-town suburb near Portland. Lovie Jones, her shift manager at the café, rented her a room, and just happened to have a son, Morris Jones, the same age as Ferne. In 1958, he was fresh out of the U.S. Army. (Morris had been stationed in Germany after the Korean War from 1956 to 1958.) And so, it’s told that Ferne met Morris by getting bulldozed down by the front door of the house . . . imagine that? Like in a romance novel, it was love at first sight. Need I say more?
Ferne and Morris were married Aug. 30, 1958 (Ferne’s birthday) in Stevenson, Wash., and four beautiful children would follow. Their 50th Anniversary was celebrated with family Aug. 30, 2008 at Good Shepherd Community Church, Boring, Ore. Ferne and Morris were involved in the Primemovers group at church, and this celebration was a wonderful time spent with family and friends.
Ferne had a deep love for children, besides her own of course. She provided daycare in her home for 26 years. In later years, she was blessed with 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. It was everything Ferne wanted in life. After her retirement, Ferne was lucky enough to be able to care for some of her grandchildren. It gave her great joy.
I asked Ferne what she would miss most in life, or if she had any regrets and she promptly said, “No, not really. I’ve had a great life. God has blessed me greatly. All my kids were baptized and confirmed at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Gresham that we attended for years, and they all still go to church today. My bucket list is empty.
I do, however, miss my sisters so much, as they have passed before me: Elaine, Jan and Bernice, and even my brother, Roger, and of course my Mom. Perhaps in heaven I can hook up with them?” (I thought to myself, she never mentioned her husband, Morris. Probably just an oversight, right? Naw…)
Ferne did plenty of traveling during her life. She and Morris had made several trips back to Iowa with all four kids to visit relatives by bus, train, and airplane. They had been to Alaska, Canada and to Hawaii-twice, one time with Ferne’s sister, Janice Winklbauer.
Ferne also talked on the phone frequently with Cheryl Sickles and Gordon Sevley, her niece and nephew in Minnesota.
If you haven’t figured out who’s writing this obituary, it’s her brother Steve. During my travels delivering Winnebago motorhomes, I would call her about twice a week and we would chat for 20 to 30 minutes every time. I think she enjoyed those chats since she didn’t get out of the house too much. Especially during the last several months. As long as she could talk about her children first, she was happy; then of course she would ask me about my family.
I think I can speak for your kids Ferne: Cyndy, Matt, Carrie and Colleen . . . We love you and will miss you more then you will ever know. Look at the legacy you have left behind.
Ferne was a fine lady. She was my last remaining sister, and it’s just my brother, Leroy, and I now. We are the last of seven kids in the Brackey family. Ferne (Brackey) Jones, you will certainly be missed.
Ferne is survived by her four children: Cyndy (Scott) Stuart, Redmond, Ore.; Matt (Robyn) Jones, Gresham, Ore.; Carrie (Wendell) Otto, Tigard, Ore.; and Colleen Grover, Vancouver, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers: Leroy W. Brackey, Lake Mills; and Steven (Bev) Brackey, Forest City; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Frances Brackey; her husband, Morris Jones, on Oct. 27, 2015; three sisters: Elaine Sevley, Janice Winklbauer, and Bernice Palmer; and a brother, Roger D. Brackey.