Fern Brown, a devoted mother, wife, author, and lover of life, passed peacefully at her home in Riverwoods, IL at the age of 102. Born Fern Bernice Goldberg on December 23rd, 1918 in Chicago, IL, Fern lived most of her life in the north shore suburbs of Highland Park and Riverwoods. Fern was an accomplished author of children's literature, penning more than 32 young adult books in her career. She was also a lecturer on creative writing, an avid golfer who claimed a hole-in-one, and an avid horse enthusiast. In recent years, she learned and became a good Chess player at 100. Fern lived by the motto, "You do something for your mind, something for your body and something for someone else every day of your life". Fern was an inspiration to her family and friends. She lived life to its fullest and instilled in all those who knew and cherished her a love of life, people, and personal adventures. Fern was preceded in death by her loving husband, Leonard J. Brown. Fern loved her family dearly and until her sudden passing, joyfully took part in many family celebrations and reunions. She will be missed by both family and friends who loved her dearly and with unfailing devotion. She is survived by her cherished children: Hal and Marsha Brown and Betzy and C. Wesley Barnett. She adored and inspired five precious grandchildren and their spouses: Allison and Gardner Humphreys, Stacey and Warren Stevens, Cristi Barnett and Jenny Lee, Blaine and Marci Barnett, and Marni and Jason Stephens. Fern had nine treasured great grandchildren: Jay and Ella Humphreys, Malia Stevens, Paxton and Lennox Barnett, Mia, Hayley, Brandon Barnett, and Liliana Stephens. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to Alzheimer's Association
of Chicago: https://www.alz.org/illinois
A celebration of Fern's life will be Sunday, October 10, 2021, 2:00 p.m. at the Skokie Chapel, 8851 Skokie Blvd., Skokie (at Niles Center Rd.) followed by condolences at the Chapel. The memorial service will be livestreamed on Fern's webpage at www.goldmanfuneralgroup.com
. For additional information: The Goldman Funeral Group (847) 478-1600.
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Published by Chicago Sun-Times on Sep. 19, 2021.