May 08, 2019

Mrs. Fern Rose Wallace, 88, of Maywood, Mo., died May 1, 2019 at her home in Maywood.

She was born June 23, 1930 in Centerville, KS a daughter of Levert J. and Oleta Fern Leigh Ross. She married James Russell on July 23, 1948 and to this union four children were born. She married William P. Wallace in 1988 and he passed away in 1998.

She grew up on a farm near Centerville, KS. She attended a one-room school for eight years, then graduated from Blue Mound Rural High School in 1948. After that she attended a secretarial school in Kansas City.

She worked at Hi-Line Plastics in Olathe, KS for five years as a production line worker and government inspector. She then worked at Remel Regional Media Laboratory in Lenexa, KS making petri dishes for over 12 years.

She loved her family, cooking, doing crafts, making quilts, and reading. She liked to travel and see the country with Bill and the Good Sam camping group.

She was a member of the Ten Mile Baptist Church near Canton, MO.

Survivors include seven children, Violet (Russell) Brownell of Maywood; three sons, Steve Russell of Bonner Springs, KS, Danny Russell of Maywood, John Russell of Olathe, KS, Pam Baker of Bartlett, KS, Logan Wallace of Louisburg, KS and Julia Ellen (Mike) Stegeman of Louisburg; one sister, Beth Ann Hilt of Tennessee; grandsons, Rusty (Renee) Brownell of Maywood, Bobby Wallace of Louisburg, Chris Coonrod of Bartlett, KS, David Stegeman of Olathe and Matthew Stegeman of Meriam, KS; granddaughters, Christy Utterback of Elkland, MO, Rebecca Horner of Edwardsville, KS, Pamela Russell of Bonner Springs, Casey Vohs of Louisburg, Sandra Ackley of Wilmington DE, Michelle Stegeman of Olathe and Anne Hayes of Olathe; 15 great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband William P. Wallace, brother, Frank Ross and grandson, Stephen (Mike) Russell.

Graveside services and burial were held May 6 at Johnson County Memorials Gardens in Overland Park, KS with Rev. Russell Brownell officiating. A time of gathering and visiting was held prior to time of services at the cemetery. Pallbearers: Charles Leigh, George Leigh, Rusty Brownell, Bobby Wallace, Russ Beth, Andrew Lair and Caedon Brownell

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of NE Missouri or to Gideons International.

Online condolences may be left at www.davis-fh.com