Fern Hodous, 93, of Circle passed away while visiting relatives in Washington, May 12, 2017.
Fern was born January 15, 1924, in Glendive, Montana to Albert and Nannie Matchette. September 10, 1946, she married Gottlieb Maier of Circle, Montana. To this union were two daughters, Anita (Lokken) and Carol (Parker). Gottlieb preceded her in death on June 6, 1968. Fern then moved to Glendive to be near her sister. She married Howard Hodous in 1984, he passed away in 1988. Fern then moved to Billings where she lived until her death.
Fern was a true blessing to all she met. She was noted for her wit and humor. She resided at Aspen View Retirement Complex for several years where she became an avid pinochle player and a Wii bowler. Fern spent many hours crocheting beanies for needy children and lap robes for nursing homes. Her love for sewing led her to make many quilts and wall hangings. She was also eager to try a new brain teaser pattern. While at Aspen View she became very active in the knitters club and dedicated many hours creating crafts and helping organize the annual craft show.
Fern touched and inspired the lives of so many people. She was the matriarch of the family and recently referred to herself as “The Queen” in good humor. She will be dearly missed by her family and all the friendships she had made over the years at Aspen View. She may not be with us in body but her spirit will live on. The memories with those she touched are endless and she will never be forgotten.
Fern is survived by two daughters; Anita of Circle and Carol of Colstrip, three grandchildren; Darin Lokken of Bismarck, ND, Jason Heitz of Billings and Shay Grinsell of Colstrip. There are also six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Circle. Burial will follow in the Veterans Circle of the Riverview Cemetery. Smith Chapels in Billings and Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Circle helping with arrangements.