Fern Johnson Hunter
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Fern Johnson Hunter returned to her Father in Heaven January 17, 2014. She was born on a cold winter day, December 28, 1928 in Laketown, Utah to Cora and Ellsworth Johnson. She graduated from North Rich High School in 1946. She attended Utah State University where she earned a degree in clothing, textiles and related arts. In 1951 she traveled to England as an International Farm Exchange Student. When she returned home, she took a job as Iron County's home demonstration agent and moved to Cedar City, Utah. Part of her job description was hosting a weekly radio show. Two years later she was offered a full time position at KSUB radio as director of Women's Programs. She wrote advertising and program scripts, and broadcast a daily radio show entitled the "Women's Window" and a weekly show for children called "Treasure Chest."
One day, while walking past the display window at Leigh Furniture she pointed to an item. Antone Hunter, the sales representative inside the window, asked what she was interested in. She answered "you." That began a courtship that culminated in their marriage in the Logan LDS Temple October 1, 1956. Antone and Fern are the parents of 4 children: Antinette (Steve) Haggerty, Stephen (Anne), Bradley (Kathy), and Jennifer (Matthew) Denhalter. Fern was preceded in death by her parents and 6 siblings. She is survived by her children, 19 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. All of the grandchildren secretly know that they are her favorite.
Her love of theater lead to her involvement in the early days of the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF). She was employed in the box office from 1979-1999 and then continued for many years as a volunteer member of the USF Guild. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in every capacity she was asked. The Hunter home was always open to family, friends and travelers just passing through. She was a wonderful hostess known for her home cooking and hospitality. Close friends were an important part of her life, sharing travel, celebrations and lunches. She also valued her membership in several literary clubs. Fern built a legacy of friendship, service and love.
The family would like to express appreciation to those who provided loving and devoted care to Fern. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:00 in the Cedar Stake Center, 155 East 400 South, Cedar City, Utah. A visitation will be held in the Cedar City Southern Utah Mortuary at 190 North 300 West from 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday January 24, and from 10:30-11:30 am at the Stake Center on Saturday, January 25. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to www.sumortuary.com
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Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2014