Fern Ellen Schillreff, age 95, of Jordan passed away on May 18, 2015 at St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings.
Fern was born in Glasgow, Montana August 11, 1919 to William and Icamay (Rogers) Nelson. She joined a sister Lura. Fern got her elementary education at the Lismas School and graduated from Garfield Co High School second in her class in 1938. She then attended Eastern Montana Normal School in Billings where she received her Life Certificate for teaching Elementary Education. She taught schools in Carbon County and Garfield County for 17 years finishing her career as County Superintendent for 20 years.
On July 18, 1942 Fern married Raymond J. Schillreff upon his return from serving in Guam for 3 years during WWII. They made their home on her parent’s ranch on Frazier Creek north of Jordan.
She was a member of the Jordan Seventh Day Adventist Church since 1937, the Garfield Co Historical Society, and the VFW Auxiliary where she helped serve meals up until the time of her death.
Fern was a historian and captured the local history in the 2 sets of books that she co-authored with her friend Jessie Shawver. She also did a lot of research for many other history books written by the County Historical Society. You could ask her about anything or any body and she could tell you everything you needed to know, and more. Fern and Jessie were instrumental in getting the old school house moved to the museum and gathering things to furnish it. She enjoyed reading, her flowers, and visiting with people. She knew everybody where ever she went and they knew her.
Although Fern did not have children she always claimed and treated Lura’s as hers. She looked forward to their visits and always kept track of their activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Icamay, her husband Raymond, her sister Lura, and brother in law Arthur Turner. She is survived by her Nephews Lynn (Lorrie), Darryl (Sonja), Lee (Carey), Dee (Marlene) Turner, Alvin (Marlene) Schillreff, Niece Karen Turner, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Garfield Co. Historical Society.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 2-6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Jordan. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the V.F.W. Hall in Jordan. Interment will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Mountview Cemetery in Billings. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Jordan is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.