Fern Lucille Greathouse


Fern Lucille Greathouse, 87, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Kearny County Hospital, Lakin.

Fern Lucille Greathouse, 87, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Kearny County Hospital, Lakin.

She was born Nov. 15, 1924, on a farm northeast of Garden City in Finney County, to Ralph Goodman and Viola Fern Collins Greathouse.

A lifelong resident of Garden City, she graduated from Wichita State University in 1957 with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. She then did post-graduate work at the University of Kansas.

She was an elementary school teacher in both rural Finney County schools and Garden City before finishing her teaching career in Prairie Village from 1957 to 1971. She retired in 1989 as director of social services and director of pastoral care at St. Catherine Hospital.

Survivors include two sisters, Evelyn Phillips of Prairie Village and Beth Tedrow of Garden City; a brother, Ronald Greathouse, Lee's Summit, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Lloyd Joyce, Garden City; a sister-in-law, Pearl Greathouse, Hays; close friend Erma Adamson, Garden City; eight nieces; seven nephews; 14 great-nieces; 11 great-nephews; 11 great-great-nieces; and 12 great-great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ralph A. Greathouse; a sister, Pauline G. Joyce; a nephew, Gregg Warren Phillips; and a great-niece, Kathryn Greathouse.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Garden City, with the Rev. David Bell presiding. Interment will be held in the Valley View Cemetery, Garden City.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Price & Sons Funeral Home, Garden City. The family will be present from 5 to 7 p.m. today.

Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church or to the Ralph & Fern Greathouse Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of Price & Sons Funeral Home, 620 N. Main St., Garden City, KS 67846.

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