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August 28, 1927 ~ January 7, 2022. Fern Leona Hester, 94, of Prineville, passed away on January 7, 2022

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Fern Leona HesterFern Leona Hester, 94, of Prineville, passed away on January 7, 2022. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, February 12, 2022, at 11 a.m., at the First Baptist Church (450 SE Fairview St.), with a reception to follow. Pastor Mike Phay and Charley Hughbanks will officiate. To light a candle for Fern or leave an online condolence for the family, please go to

Fern was born on August 28, 1927, in Cleveland, Ohio to Leonard and Ellen (Bowman) Johnson. She married Lonnie Hester in 1947, and they had seven children together. Fern worked in the mill for thirty-plus years, while raising her family.

She enjoyed knitting, canning, gardening, volunteering, and teaching Sunday school. Fern was dedicated to her family and the Lord. She made it a point to memorize all her grandchildren's birthdays and she would pray every night for her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Hester; and two sons, Robert Hester and Lonnie B. Hester.

Fern is survived by her son, Dale Hester; daughters, Cheryl Street, Beverly Bishop, Barbara Bolstad and Julia Suther; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eleven-plus great-great grandchildren.

Whispering Pines Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with arrangements.

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