Fern F. Parrott, 94, of Godfrey, passed away Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015, with family by her side at Morningstar in Godfrey.
Fern was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Hot Springs, Mo., the daughter of the late William and Pearl (Burns) Harris.
On Jan. 3, 1946, she and Chester Lee Parrott were married in Chicago. He preceded her in death on Oct. 11, 1957.
After graduating from Missouri Baptist School of Nursing in 1944, Fern enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as an Ensign and served at the Great Lakes Navy Hospital during WWII. In 1957, she was employed by Owens-Illinois Machine Shop in Godfrey as an Industrial Nurse. After retiring, she worked part time for Olin Corporation in East Alton. She obtained an Associate in Science from Lewis and Clark Community College in May 1991. She was a volunteer for BJC Home Health Care in Alton. Fern loved to knit stocking caps, scarfs, mittens and also enjoyed baking cookies for family and friends. She was a Sunday school teacher at Otterville Baptist Church. She was a member of Heartland Baptist Church in Godfrey.
She is survived by three daughters, Linda F. Kolesa of Brighton, Deborah L. Peebles of Wheatridge, Colo., and Pamela E. Whisler and her husband, David, of Godfrey; a son, James C. Parrott and his wife, Debbie, of Peoria; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, John, Jerry and Patricia Kolesa, Matthew and Kristin Whisler, Helen Ann and Alf Gallegos, JoAnna Patrico, Hope and Pauly Richmeier, Jeannie and Ryan Sutton, James and Amy Whisler, Thomas Peebles, Haley Peebles, and James and Jessica Parrott; 19 great-grandchildren, John Kolesa, Shelly (Chad) Martin, Ian Kolesa, Kiley Whisler, Quinn Whisler, Grant Kolesa, Riley Parrott, Anna James Whisler, Shane Patrico, Steven Patrico, Kenny Sutton, Kira Sutton, Aesha Gallegos, Kathleen Richmeier, Pamela Richmeier, Bo Richmeier, Arica Maxerll, Kydence Peebles and Ella Pebbles; one brother, Cleave and Dorothy Harris of Las Vegas, Nev.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, James, Gilbert, Paul, Burns, Gene, George, and Charles Harris; and a great-granddaughter, Brittany Patrico.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of a funeral service at noon Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey.
Burial will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery in Glen Carbon.
Donations in her honor can be made to Beverly Farms in Godfrey or BJC Hospice in Alton.
Elias, Kallal and Schaaf Funeral Home in Godfrey are in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.eliaskallalandschaaf.com.