Fern L. Moulton born October 10, 1925, in Bloomer, Wisconsin, to Victor and Clara Lueck. Baptized October 18, 1925.
She was Confirmed October 22, 1939, at the age of 14.
Aside from the date of her Marriage to Rexford Moulton on January 10, 1953, and the birth of daughter Shirley in 1959, these were the most important dates in her life.
Fern’s life was centered around Faith and Family, and she was unwavering in her commitment to both.
Fern was no stranger to hard work, growing up on the family farm there was work a plenty. She helped take care of her grandmother who was bedridden as well as having chores on the farm. With the addition of twin sisters Ruth and Rita in November of 1937 Fern was kept busy heating water and washing diapers in the old wringer washer. She would hang them outside in the bitter Wisconsin winter to dry (freeze), then bring them in to hang by the fire until they were fully dry. She confided to me that freezing them first actually sped up the drying process!
After moving from the farm, rather than lightening the workload, Fern took over raising the twins as her Mother had to go to work to help support the family. Ruth and Rita have many precious memories of what a wonderful “Mom” Fern was to them during those Depression years.
Fern’s faith didn’t allow for work that was anything less than her very best and that was true of everything she did throughout her life. From building a tree fort for Shirley and her friends, to placing “live traps” to trap stray cats to take to the vet for spaying and neutering. Fern gave every project 100%!
Fern shared care of her mother Clara for years with her sisters, and when travel was no longer an option for Grandma Lueck, she came to live with us until her health forced us to make other arrangements.
This move didn’t lessen the care and attention Fern devoted to her mother. She would visit every morning and evening, after finishing her cleaning jobs.
Most of you will remember Fern as the cleaning lady for many of the local downtown businesses. She started her cleaning career in private homes for Dr. and Mrs. Robert Hill, Willard and Rosella Markuson, Mick and Ruth Markuson, and Bill Cummings. Dr. Hill recruited her to clean the clinic for him in the late 70’s and she cleaned there for many years even after he was gone.
She and husband Rex cleaned Barnett Thompson Chevy Garage together after my Dad retired. My mom worked there for 31 years until Denny closed the doors! She worked for Ted and Donna Leach until they sold the Burns Building and kept right on cleaning for Lonnie and Shannon Simpson until she retired on December 31. 2016 at the age of ninety-one! (That is NOT a typo!) Clearwater Reality, Goffinet & Clack and the old downtown Unemployment Office all benefitted from her love of her work and her 100% commitment to doing her best!
Granddaughter Mariah spent many wonderful years as Grandma’s best friend! Sunday School lessons were created and taught with love, puzzles, playing store, blocks, games Grandma created, or building snowmen. Mariah was the apple of her eye and experienced that 100% commitment to love and care of family. This shining example will continue to be reflected in the care and devotion Mariah has for her own family now.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents Victor and Clara Lueck, husband Rex, and Grandson Joshua Roy Stuart. Fern is survived by daughter Shirley (Dennis) Harper, Mariah (Michael and Javier) Hunter, all of Orofino, sister Rita (Duane) Dover of Phoenix, Az, and Ruth Swigart of The Dalles, Or.
Fern became a member of Peace Lutheran Church here in Orofino on May 21, 1967, just 10 days after we moved here! I know she would wish for any memorials to go to our sister church St. John’s Lutheran Church Valley Bible Academy 1107 14th St. Clarkston, WA. 99403 (Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.)
A Service will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church 13946 1st. Ave. W. Orofino, Id 83544, located behind Green Things Nursery.
Fern went home to be with the Lord on August 25, 2022, she was ninety-six.
Matt. 25:21 May we so live to enjoy that day when the Lord may say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”