Margaret “Ferne” Arthur, 73, of Shady Spring went home to be with the Lord Thursday, May 20, 2021 at Raleigh General Hospital following a long illness.
Born March 12, 1948 at Green Sulphur Springs, WV, she was a daughter of the late John N. and Violet Pansy Ayers Ford.
Ferne attended Sandstone School and was a graduate of Hobe Sound Bible Institute in Florida and attended Salem Bible College in Ohio.
Ferne obtained her LPN certification through the Raleigh County Vocational Technical Center. She worked at several hospitals as a LPN and as a traveling nurse, as long as her health allowed. Ferne was dedicated to providing care for her patients. She previously served as President of the LPN Association.
Ferne was a Pastor’s wife and served alongside her husband at various Methodist Churches throughout West Virginia. She started her own outreach ministry of sending cards to those with birthdays or special needs. She was a member of the United Methodist Temple of Beckley. She found much joy in watching television, gospel ministries, reading books. She especially loved her cats, including her Garfield collection. Ferne was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Ferne was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Harry “Earle” Arthur, Jr. on 12/5/20, and one sister, Johnsie “Maria” (Ford) Stevens on 5/7/20.
Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Daniel Harris and wife, Lydia of Nimitz, Naomi Okes and husband, Craig of Nimitz, and David Harris and wife, Melissa of Beckley; and four grandchildren, Emily Harris, Caleb Okes, Sarah Okes, and Joshua Okes.
Graveside services and burial were held 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at the Greenbrier Burial Park in Hinton with Rev. Joe Kenaston officiating. Visitation was held from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. at the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors Chapel on Wednesday prior to the service. Family and friends served as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to the Gideon ministry.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.ronaldmeadowsfp.com.
Arrangements are by the Ronald Meadows Funeral Parlors of Hinton.
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