Claris Fern McCarrel Brown, 82 was born on January 11, 1937 in Blackfoot, Idaho. She died on April 5, 2019 at Lincoln Court in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
She was the third of six children born to Sidney Marvie McCarrel and Lena Eliza Capson McCarrell. She attended school in McGill, Nevada until her family moved to Blackfoot, Idaho where she attended high school.
She met her husband Robert Kay Brown in 1965 in Blackfoot, Idaho and they were married in 1966. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls temple in September of 2012.
Kay and Fern lived on a small farm in Firth where they raised their three children. She worked mostly in the potato industry with Woodward Brothers, Fielding Produce, and as a salesperson at Walker Produce until she retired.
She loved to crochet and embroidery, making many afghans, blankets, and doilies for family and friends. She spent hours in her large garden each summer and canned the vegetables every fall. She supported her children’s and grandchildren’s participation in all their activities; including being a Horse 4-H Leader, even though she didn’t really care for horses.
Fern enjoyed bowling and for several years was on a women’s bowling league. She and her sisters would get together weekly to make quilts. They would usually complete at least one quilt each week. Fern was a voracious reader; she could always be found with a book. She was a great cook, known for her cream pies, and homemade chicken noodle soup, which were staples at every holiday dinner.
Fern got the travel bug and loved to go on cruises. For 20 years, she was able to go on a cruise almost every year. She traveled and saw the world from the deck of a cruise ship.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loved teaching Primary, and was a dedicated Visiting Teacher. After Kay’s death, she enjoyed Family Home Evenings with the other widows in her ward; she loved each of them.
At the time of her death she has 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert Kay Brown, and her sister Vivian Hedin.
She is survived by her three children Tina Brown, Tana (Ross) Kellogg, Rich (Terry) Brown her sisters Joan Coterell, Marlene Rogers, Barbara Foster, and brother Marvie Dean McCarrel.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the Firth Ward Chapel (744 N 600 E). The family will meet with friends Friday evening from 6:00 till 7:30 PM at Nalder Funeral Home (110 West Oak) in Shelley and Saturday morning from 9:30 AM till 10:40 AM at the church. Burial will be in the Goshen Cemetery.