February 22, 1920December 28, 2011
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Ferne V. Harmell, 91, passed away December 28, 2011. She was born in Freedom Township, IL.

Ferne was a “Radiation Girl” during the 1930’s – 1940’s in Ottawa, IL and a “Rosie the Riveter” in the 1940’s also in Ottawa, IL. She moved to California, where she washed torpedoes in Mare Island, CA in the 1940’s. During this time she met her soon to be husband at a dance hall near San Francisco while he was in the military.

Ferne is preceded in death by her parents, Agnes and Arnold Severson; her beloved husband, Wally Harmell; brother, Orville “Bud” Severson; sisters, Mae Bastian, Joyce Bennett and Dorothy Severson.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Harmell; sisters, Janice Lewis and her husband Vernon and Shirley Sevelin and several Nieces and nephews especially Richard Lewis who Ferne always thought of as an adopted son.

Arrangements under the direction of Sunland Memorial Park, Mortuary & Cremation Center, Sun City, AZ.

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