Ferne (Ellingson) Coxson

Thursday, September 3, 2015 3:46 pm

Ferne (Ellingson) Coxson, 87, of rural Buffalo Center, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at her home. Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Bethany Lutheran Church (183 – 2nd Avenue E), Thompson, with Pastor Lynn Noel officiating. Visitation is 5-8 p.m., Thursday evening, also at Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson. Burial is in Graceland Cemetery, Buffalo Center. Memorials are preferred to Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson.
Ferne Yvonne (Ellingson) Coxson was born at home in rural Winnebago County Aug. 22, 1928, to Oscar and Emma (Evenson) Ellingson. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kiester, Minn. Ferne was a great “big sister” to Bonnie who was born in 1937. Her family moved to Buffalo Center in 1938. She graduated from Buffalo Center High School in 1946 and attended Luther College. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Richard G. Coxson, June 13, 1948, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Buffalo Center. They lived in Decorah and Estherville before moving to Lakewood and later Bellflower, Calif. During their years in California they had the opportunity to live in Hawaii for a few years. They retired to rural Buffalo Center in 1992. They were blessed with eight children: Pam (David) Fairly, Jan (Bill) Lynch, Alan (Mary) Coxson, Philip Coxson, Debbie (Ted) Hack, Ruth (Rob) Menagh, Tom (Linda) Coxson and Rob (Grace) Coxson; 13 grandchildren: Eugene, Theresa (Dan), Deborah (Aaron), Christine (Clint), Melissa (Baltimore), Allison (Tein), Lindsey, Shannon, Colleen, John, Laurie, Jennie and Jessica; eight great-grandchildren: Jordan, Grant, Ethan, Kendall, Colby, Kaiden, Jaxson and Logan. Ferne loved being with family and friends and remembered them with cards on all their special occasions. She loved doing jigsaw puzzles, reading and exchanging books with friends, doing the Jumble word puzzle, correcting Dick’s Sudoku puzzle and doing crossword puzzles. She prepared wonderful meals for family and friends on every holiday and whenever company came. Her flower garden and birds were a special joy for Ferne. Anyone who ever met Ferne will tell you she was kind, loving, generous and welcoming to all. She was the quintessential mom and grandma. Family was always first, but she considered everyone family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Emma Ellingson; her step-mother, Lois; her daughter, Ruth Menagh; and her great-grandson, Jordan Larson.

She will be greatly missed by her family and friends but will forever remain within our hearts and memories.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Online condolences may be left at mittelstadtfuneralhome.com. 641-592-0221.

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