CHATTAROY, W.Va. — Fern Louise Jude, 81, of Chattaroy, passed away Sun., Aug. 2, 2015, a Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Phelps, Ky.

Born August 22, 1933, at Chattaroy, she was a daughter of the late Grover Seymour and Ruth Bryant Jewell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harold Jude; a beloved son, Joey Jewell, and her only sibling, Eugene Jewell.

Fern was a longtime employee of the Mingo County Commission and retired as a deputy clerk in the office of the Circuit Clerk. She always greeted those needing assistance with a pleasant smile and a warm hello. She also worked for the West Virginia University Extension Office in Mingo County. She served as a 4-H volunteer for more than 35 years. She met and deeply impressed so many young people over the course of those years. She is fondly remembered and cherished by many of the youngsters she had come to know through 4-H. Fern was a special friend and mother figure to so many young people over the course of her life. She always had time to listen to everyone and help in whatever manner she could.

She had attended the Nolan Freewill Baptist Church.

She was a dear mother and grandmother who was deeply loved and adored by her family. She will be sorely missed and her memory will live on the hearts of all those who had the good fortune of knowing her.

Fern is survived by her children, Sandy (Roger) Adkins of Delbarton, Karen Coley of Williamson, and Harold “Scooter” Jr. (Susan) Jude of Varney, and Kenneth (Deborah) Jude of Chattaroy; grandchildren, Kenneth Jude, Shane and Sabrina Barker, Tyler Jude, Jillian Bright, Jacob Jude, Sienna Curry, Seth Jude, Tedra Dotson, Gary B. Coley and Rudy Adkins; 10 great-grandchildren, and her caregivers, Patti and Rhonda.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Soma, Teresa Robinson, CFNP, and all those who lovingly and professionally cared for Fern.

Visitation is from 6-9 p.m. Tues., Aug. 4, with a special service at 7 p.m. conducted by Rev. Harrison Baisden at Weaver Mortuary in West Williamson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wed., Aug. 5, at the mortuary. The Reverends Ray Taylor and Earl White will officiate.

Interment is in the Jewell Family Cemetery at Chattaroy. Fern’s grandsons and other family members will serve as pallbearers.

You may express online condolences to the family at www.weavermortuarvinc.com.

Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson is serving the Jude family.

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