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     Fern Gartman, age 89, of rural Jasper, passed away Monday, October 1, 2012 at her home following a long illness.

     Fern was born July 20, 1923 at Stillwater, Oklahoma, the daughter of Frank and Bertha (Bennett) Macklin.  On January 1, 1939, at Tryon, Oklahoma, she married Bill L. Gartman and they had shared nearly 50 years together before his death July 17, 1988. Bill and Fern had moved to Barton County in 1944 where they farmed and raised their three children.  Fern was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.    

     In addition to her husband, Bill, Fern was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Allen Macklin and Harry Macklin.

     Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Jerry & Carol Gartman, Morehead City, North Carolina; two daughters and their husbands, Carolyn & Gary Gastel, rural Lamar and Sue & Don Downing, Kansas City, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Violet Macklin, Stillwater, OK, Laurel Herbinger, Lamar, and Reba Steppe, Oak Grove, MO; 10 grandchildren, Steve (Ginger) Gastel, Bartlesville, OK, Scott Gastel, Lamar, Kent Gastel, Frontenac, KS, Kirk Gastel, Springfield, MO, Jeffrey (Kristi) Gartman, Oklahoma City, OK, Jennifer Lewis, Newport, NC, Jeanette (Billy) Barott, Port Orange, FL, Jason (Mindy) Noel, Fox Point, WI, Justin (Catherine) Noel, Liberty, MO, Damon (Melissa) Downing, Sarasota Springs, UT; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 4th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 7:00 until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Compassus or Lamar United Methodist Church in care of Daniel Funeral Home.

Comments  

#7 Mary Green 2013-02-25 19:45
My family and I lived East of Mr. and Mrs. Gartman at the end of the road. My Mom would walk me down to their house in the morning then Carolyn and Gerry Bill and I would walk on to school and back two miles every day. They were always so special, and loving. I am so sorry to learn of her passing but know she was weary and ready to go home to be with her loving husband. God Bless her family. It was my honor to have known her and to able to spend time with her at her home after she was released from the nursing home. I love you Mrs. Gartman.
#6 Overland Park, KSClay Cole 2012-10-02 16:52
Fern was a great neighbor to me as I grew up. She even welcomed me when I showed up to play with her grandson Kent when he and his family would come over for family time on Sundays. I always felt welcome and she was always sweet to me. What I remember most about her is that she, and her husband Bill for matter, would drop whatever they were doing just to wave at you as you drove by, even when their hands were full. The world was better place with her in it but if heaven can get any better, it just did.
#5 LamarMelanie Haile Bruffett 2012-10-02 06:43
Oh, what wonderful memories I have growing up with all of you. You all made me feel apart of the larger Gartman Family. We all had some wonderful times.
Mom & Fern were such good friends and Mom was very sad to learn about Fern, but said for her she was in such a better place, which I know we all feel that.
Now Fern & Bill can dance until the cows come home.
Love to all, Melanie
#4 Carl Junction, MOJill Cole Adams 2012-10-01 17:27
Fern was a wonderful person. I will miss knowing she is in this earthly world, but rejoice knowing she is with the Lord in heaven.
#3 Neosho, MOJana Kidd 2012-10-01 17:04
Always a sweet, friendly neighbor and church friend while I was growing up.
#2 Lamar, MOHelen Cole 2012-10-01 16:29
Fern was a great neighbor and a loving, giving person. She cared about people and was always willing to help. She still had an interest in life even after she was unable to participate in many activities.
#1 Stillwater, Oklahomawayne & kay 2012-10-01 14:38
A sweet dear Aunt always with conversation. She faught a hard battle for some time, now it is time to rest. We will miss you.

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