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Jennifer Lynn Ferns, 47, of Oskaloosa, formerly of Ottumwa, died at 3:20 p.m. March 18, 2017 at Serenity Hospice House in Oskaloosa.
She was born November 14, 1969 in Ottumwa to Russell Dale and Debra Beggs Johnson. She married Dennis Ferns and they later divorced.
She was a graduate of Ottumwa High School in 1988 and a graduate from Indian Hills Community College and Buena Vista University with a degree in elementary education.
Jennifer worked at Target for 20 years, Mahaska Health Partnership for 10 years and Hy-Vee in Oskaloosa for 2 years.
Surviving is a son, Clayton Ferns of Gibson; a daughter, Michaella (Matthew) Kleinmeyer of Indianola; her parents, Debra and Chris Shaw of Ottumwa; a brother, Nathan (Karen) Johnson of Ottumwa; a sister, Kinzy Grant of Des Moines; a grandmother, Phyllis Shaw of Hamilton, IL; three nieces, Alivia, Alexis and Harper and two nephews, Alec and Kellan.
She was preceded in death by her father, Russell Johnson; a brother, Trent Shaw; grandparents, Rosemary and George Russell, Mary Agnes and Charles Johnson and Daniel Shaw.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with Chaplain Doug McAntire officiating. Cremation will follow the services.
Visitation with the family present will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her children.
Published on March 20, 2017
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