Fern Marie Wills, 83 - November 12, 2012Fern Marie (Russell) Wills, 83, of Curtis, passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
Services will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church at Curtis on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 10 a.m. with Forney Bonnie officiating. Interment will be at the Curtis Cemetery following services.
A visitation will take place at Blase-Wetzel-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Curtis on Monday, Nov. 26, from 1 to 8 p.m.
Wills was born the daughter of Benjamin, Sr. and Ellen (Jenson) Russell on Nov. 22, 1928, north of Curtis. She graduated from NSA High School in Curtis earning a teaching certification.
She was offered a teaching position in Ekalaka, MO, shortly after graduation where she taught with her good friend, Verna Lee Kettleman. Upon completion of her contract in Ekalaka, she returned home and taught for the Stockville School District for several years.
On Nov. 26, 1952, she was united in marriage to Leslie (Deac) Wills at a double ceremony with their best friends, Hilda and Lloyd (Gus) Wolgamott. To this union, four children were born.
After her children were all in school, she worked at several jobs including selling Playhouse Toys, proofreading and subscription sales at the Hi-Line Enterprise as well as cooking and driving a school bus at Medicine Valley High School. She especially enjoyed her time with her bus kids, both on route and activity trips, according to family members.
?Wills was a longtime member of the Curtis United Methodist Church and was active with the Methodist Women, Vacation Bible School and Congregational Care. Her strong faith and willingness to serve was instilled in her children at an early age, said family.
She was preceded in death by: her husband, Deac; her parents, Ben and Ellen Russell; brothers and sisters—Robert Russell, Nita Anderson, Ben Russell, Jr. and June McGinnis.
Survivors include: her children—Monte (Val) Kotrous of Houston, TX, Sandy Wills, Rusty (Shelly) Wills, and Gary (Vivian) Wills, all of Curtis; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers and sister—Tom Russell, Anna May Gorley and Raymond (Donna) Russell; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 402 Center St., Curtis, NE 69025, and the Medicine Valley Foundation.