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Fern Marie Cantees (Eldridge)

September 28, 1930July 2, 2019
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FERN MARIE ELDRIDGE CANTEES passed peacefully on July 2, 2019. She was born September 28, 1930, in Freeburn, Kentucky. Fern relocated with her family to Groveport, Ohio, before eventually moving with family back to Williamson, West Virginia, where she ran a successful garden center business. She then retired to Venice, Florida, with her husband Harry, to whom she was married for sixty-three years. Fern’s life always revolved around God, family and her church. She taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and regularly visited the sick and elderly in nursing homes. She made sure her children attended church and raised them to follow the same principles she lived by - kindness, humility and giving to others. She had a great heart for animals and always had a pet that she loved and adored. A very patriotic woman, Fern loved her country and always lived the values for which our country stands. She is survived by her children, Sharon Sparks (Carl), Michael Deskins (Michelle), Dee Anna Grimm (Steve), Kathy Robinson (Jerry) and Stephen Cantees (Janet); grandchildren Michael Sparks, Angela Sparks, Ashley Sparks, Craig Deskins, Jason Deskins, Michael Eisenhut, Eric Grimm, Tara Culp, Stephanie Cantees and Lyndsey Cantees; her brother Elmo "Mode" Eldridge (Betty), sister Willadean Lambert and sister-in-law Jeanette McCoy; as well as, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and church friends. Fern was preceded in death by her loving husband Harry Cantees; grandson Shawn Robinson; parents William and Myrtle Eldridge (Elkins); sister and brother-in-law Juanita and Sylvan Collins and brother and sister-in-law James and Tiny Eldridge; father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Anna Cantees; brothers-in-law Sam, Tom, Johnny, Kamal, Cullen Cantees and Paul McCoy; sister-in-law Adeba Cantees.Visitation will be held at the Kays-Ponger and Uselton Funeral Home at 1935 South Tamiami Trail, Venice, Florida 34293 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, with the funeral immediately following. A graveside service will be held at Gulf Pines Memorial Park located at 2401 Englewood Road, Englewood, Florida 34223. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Florida 34238 or you may contribute to the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (rettsyndrome.org) in memory of Fern Cantees for Stephanie Cantees. For those who are interested in sharing a memory or cherished photo with the family, you may do so by visiting www.dignitymemorial.com and entering "Fern Cantees" in the search field. Your condolences and kind words will be compiled into a memory book for the family, which will provide comfort for the family for years to come.

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Dee Grimm

July 22, 2019

Texts from Family...
From Rodney:
Beautiful... inside and out. RIP Aunt Fern

From Cheryl:
Together again is all I can sing/say when I see this picture of my Auntie and Uncle. Life will have a void with them not being here to visit. They are definitely with our Families in Heaven. Until we meet again, Auntie. Memories Eternal.
An absolutely beautiful service and tribute to Aunt Fern. She is definitely smiling in heaven.

From Christy:
Rest in God's Eternal Peace, Aunt Fern!! Coming to Florida will never be the same. Well done, Good and Faithful Servant!! What a glorious day it was celebrating your life, Aunt Fern! Love you!

From Valerie
That picture...LOVE!

From Sarah Johnson:
I've been thinking about this picture ever since I got the word. It says everything that needs to be said. They are back together on their journey through eternity.

From Karyn:
Makes me cry. They are together again.
Just remember how joyful Fern must be. She is looking down and telling you to not be sad. But, of course, losing a mother and grandmother is just sooo hard. Love you all.

From Stephen:
I know Mom loved the service. To hear how much she meant to her church just as her church meant everything to her was really special. Thanks to everyone for making her farewell so wonderful.

From Debbie Walters:
Thank you for letting me know. I loved Fern and Harry so much. There were only good memories of them. I'll keep Kathy, Dee, Stephen, and Mike in my prayers. I'm so sorry I can't be there. I'm praying for God's love, comfort, and presence to be with you all. I love you all!

From Tammy:
So sorry to hear of Aunt Fern's passing. I cherish all the memories I have of her and Uncle Harry. Loved them so much. Love and prayers for Kathy, Dee, Steve, and Mike.

From Linda Kay:
I'm so sorry to hear of Aunt Fern's passing. Sending love and prayers to all.






Henry Vinson

July 8, 2019

I'm sorry to hear about Fern. I have fond memories of her. My heartfelt condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Henry Vinson JD

Karyn Cantees Stagg

July 6, 2019

Can’t begin to say how sad I am for you, Dee, Kathy, and Steve, and also to Michael and Sharon, and all the grands and great grands, to hear about Aunt Fern’s passing. Sometimes we think people will be here forever. I have memories of Fern through most of my life—so pretty and proper and loving. Her big smile and open laugh. She always looked at me when we spoke, and even when I was a kid, she always took me seriously. We had long talks about God and faith and what it meant to have a relationship with Christ, and I’m so sorry I didn’t pursue those talks more when she was so ill. But one thing I know—Aunt Fern is in heaven! She is pain and stress free and is surrounded by all those she loves, including Uncle Harry and grandson Shawn. And I know she wouldn’t come back for anything! So while I lift you all up to Father God, asking for His loving arms to surround you, I’m delighted for Fern. She has gone on to her reward and has heard, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Her example of a life well lived is her legacy to us all.

I love you guys and wish I could be there for you. Truly. It is probably the only week this year that makes it near impossible at this time. Yet, I am with you in spirit. While I know your hearts are broken—a Mother’s love can never be replaced— I know you all are at peace with the end of her fleshly journey. But do rejoice in the beginning of her spiritual and eternal journey, much better, than this life or anything we can imagine. “I go to prepare a place for you,” Jesus said. “And if I go I will come again, that where I am, there you may be also.” In my almost 70 years, I’ve learned that Jesus’ promises are true. He did “come again” and He did prepare a heavenly home for those of us who love Him. I know you all will hold on to these promises as you hold on to each other. Alan and I send love and hugs and will make a contribution in Fern’s memory. ... much love, Karyn

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