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Fern Fay Backer June 30, 1945 - May 16, 2022


Last updated 5/24/2022 at 8:08pm

Memorial Service for Fern Fay Backer,76, of Peever, SD will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the Christian Outreach Center, Sisseton, SD. Pastor Kirk Snaza will be officiating. Organist will be Marne Snaza. Honorary Urn Bearers will be Fern’s Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, Friends and Family. There will be visitation one hour prior to the Memorial Service at the Church. The Cahill Funeral Chapel, Sisseton, SD is in charge of arrangements.

Fern Fay Barse was born on June 30, 1945 in Peever, SD to Vernon and Louise (Duggan) Barse. She went to Flandreau Indian School from 1959 to 1961. She received her GED. She then attended Voc Tech school at Wahpeton, ND and received a nursing degree. She worked as a CHR, as a nurse at Tekakwitha Nursing Home and then worked at I.H.S.as a nurse. After retiring from I.H.S. she worked as a home health aide for the Tribal Elderly Program. She was a member of the Christian Outreach Center, Sisseton, SD. She collected Avon Dolls, loved going for walks and enjoyed riding bike. She liked knitting, embroidering Afghans, spending time with her grandkids. Fern passed away at her home on May 16, 2022 surrounded by her family.

Fern is survived by her husband, Raymond Baker of Peever, SD; her children, Pamela Marks, of Columbia Heights, MN, Loren Marks of Sisseton, SD, Todd Marks of Sisseton, SD, Carleen (Jerome Stone) of Watertown, SD, Tara Backer of Sisseton, SD and Adam Backer of Watertown, SD; 30 grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Louise and Vernon Barse; Matthew King, Charley King, Eugene King, Doris Lafontaine, Bernice Lafontaine, Gail Barse, Felix Barse and Jarrod Marks


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