Fern E. Enos

Fern E. Enos

Fern passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Alamo Nursing Home.

She was born April 10, 1914 in Kendallville, Indiana, the daughter of Perry and Didamie (Potter) Irwin. Fern had a lifelong ambition of starting a facility to serve as a nursing home, with particular emphasis on care for the aged. It was in November 1955 on a section of their family farm that Alamo Nursing Home was built and still serves the elderly today. State regulations required licensed personnel to be on staff so Fern went back to school and became an LPN and served as owner and Administrator for many years until her retirement.

She then went on to open and operate Fern’s Ceramics in Plainwell. She enjoyed porcelain making and had made many porcelain dolls for her family, even making the clothing by hand. She loved to fish and enjoyed crocheting and quilting and had also made several quilts for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Fern was very devoted to her family and would give the shirt off her own back if you needed it. She wanted to make life better for others. On November 26, 1927 she married Ray Enos who passed away in 1984.

Surviving are her son, Walter Enos, daughter-in-law, Betty Enos along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; children, Perry Enos, Catherine Preston and Mary Lou Holdeman; grandchildren, Sandy Hughes and Barbara Croy and siblings, Otha, Cecil, Herbert, Ronald, Goldie, Norma, Arthur, Bertha, Martha, Alice, Allen, Katherine, Richard, Raymond and Paul.

Friends may visit with Fern’s family starting at 11:00 A.M., Friday, March 10, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, until the time of the Funeral Service at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Greg Yarworth officiating.

Burial will follow at Alamo Center Cemetery, Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Fern may be made to the Alamo Nursing Home Activities Fund.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.winkelfuneralhome.com.             

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  1. LynAnn and Pete says:

    Be in peace grandma.

  2. terry enos says:

    love you grandma I will miss our little special times together

  3. terry davis says:

    I’m so sorry for all her family…I absolutely loved visiting with her on every occasion I got to see her…she lived a very productive life and experienced so much

  4. Phyllis (Rector) Gary says:

    Fern was a kind lady and will be remembered by many. She had been a dear friend to my family for many years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family for losing a sweet loving woman.

  5. Mary Traxler says:

    Fern you were such an inspiration and role model to many. Rest in peace surrounded by your family and God’s Love.

  6. Joe and Marcia says:

    If it needed to be done, she did it. May you be at peace and continue to watch over us. We will miss you.

  7. Kevin R. Enos says:

    Grandma, God has touched you again, as he touched you when you were born…. As you were his angel here on earth!

    You were always an inspiration to me, even at a young age, your guiding hand and knowledge, taught me many of life’s lessons. I will forever be grateful for your love, and devotion that you gave to me, and all of our family, and friends. Your determination, and positive spirit in accomplishing things, always with I smile, and a sparkle in your beautiful blue eyes!
    I’m sure I speak for not only myself, but for all of our family, and your friends when I say, you will be dearly missed, and your love …..is in all of our hearts!

    God bless you! As I know in my heart his angel has come home !

    Grandma …..You are always and forever in my heart !
    Your loving grandson,

  8. Lee and Diane Boysen says:

    To Fern’s families and friends. Please accept our most sincere sympathies. We are thinking of you today.

  9. Kay Mero says:

    At a time when few woman ran their own businesses Fern followed her dreams.The word that comes to my mind. “SPUNKY”she will be missed but her legacy continues.

  10. Don and Katie Verkow says:

    Our condolences to her family and friends.

  11. Kathy Knowlton (Moon)(Fenner) says:

    I worked at Alamo Nursing Home from 1971-77. I loved Fern so much. She was a wonderful person, so loving and kind. My condolences to her family. May God bless.

    • Kathy Knowlton (Moon)(Fenner) says:

      I also remember Fern’s aunt that lived there at the nursing. She was such a sweet person. The picture of Fern looks just like her aunt.

  12. suzanne Marquard.(Harder) says:

    Mrs. Enos was a customer at my mom’s store, Maggie’s sew shop, in Otsego, she was so loved by my family, a great lady with a big heart. Sending Prayers to your fsmily.

  13. Micky Croy and family says:

    Grandma you loving spirit will be so greatly missed

    I will always rember the family get together’s at Christmas time,your hand made gifts and words of encouragement. I know your in a better place Peace To You.
    Your loving Great Grandson,

  14. Marleah Simons says:

    My sincere condolences to the whole family. I know everyone will greatly miss Fern. Although I never had the honor to meet Fern, I felt I knew her, as her granddaughter Sharon talked about her grandmother a lot..The love poured from Sharon when she would share stories of Fern with me. God gave this family one of the best and now he has one of the best.. Love & Prayers for peace for all the family. Fern may be gone from this earth, but her love and your memories will always be within you.

  15. Terri Parrish says:

    Terry, so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Lisa hazen says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the family. I was able to enjoy ferns presents at the nursing home when i worked there a few years ago. Sorry, praying for all

  17. Susie knapp says:

    Sharon-thinking of you as you go through this again-

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