COLUMBUS - Ferne N. Stafford, 93, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home, Friday evening, November 9, 2012.
She was born August 27, 1919, the daughter of the late Charles Norman Sowers and Mary Sophia Sowers, in Freeport, IL. Mrs. Stafford served our country proudly in the United States Army. She was a member of the Woman's Army Corps during World War II. During her service she earned the rank of Staff Sergeant. While stationed at Oak Ridge, Tenn., she also assisted with the Manhattan Project.
Mrs. Stafford had many hobbies - she was an avid bowler and enjoyed swimming at the YMCA, and was a member of the Gallop Lunch Bunch. She spent many years baking and sharing a countless variety of cookies with friends and neighbors during the holidays. She was a devoted Catholic and member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Other than her parents, Charles and Mary, Ferne is preceded in death by her loving husband Tom J. Stafford, one brother and two sisters.
Survivors include her children, Mary Frances Stafford, Columbus, and Tom (Tommy) and wife Edna Stafford, Winder; three grandchildren T.J., Cody and Kaylee. She also leaves behind her devoted dog Molly and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ferne was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and caring friend; she leaves behind many memories for her loved ones to cherish.
Funeral services were held Sunday, November 11 at Vance-Brooks Funeral Home with Pastor Mitch McGinnis officiating. Interment followed on Tuesday Nov. 13 at Fort Mitchell National Cemetery.
Vance-Brooks Funeral Home, Columbus, was in charge of arrangements.