Fern I. Smith

Fern Isabella Smith, 87, of Warren, IN, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at 10:05 a.m. at Heritage Pointe in Warren.

She and her first husband served in several southern Illinois communities, including Belmont, Mulberry Grove, Brownstown, Carrier Mills and Noble. She and her second husband resided in Olney, IL, and later Sidney, OH. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Only Believe Ministries in Botkins, OH.

She was born June 13, 1932 to William and Edna Sage Lofland in rural Brownstown, IL, on the family farm. She married Rev. Paul Brown in 1953, and he preceded her in death. She then married Jerry Smith in Effingham, IL, on Sept. 12, 1975, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2004.
Surviving are two sons, Phillip (Betty) Brown, of LaFontaine, and Matthew (Robin) Brown, of Covington, OH; a son-in-law, Jay Zanton, of Centralia, IL; two stepchildren, Steve Smith, of Vincennes, and Kim Pitcock, of Lawrenceville, IL; a sister, Joyce Goodwin, 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild.

She was preceded in death by a daughter Carole Zanton, a grandson, Adam Brothers and a stepdaughter-in-law, Connie Smith.
A private graveside service and burial will be at Haven Hill Memorial Gardens, in Olney.

Arrangements are being handled by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash.

Memorials are to Heritage Pointe, 801 N. Huntington Ave., Warren, IN 46792.

The memorial guest book may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.