Fern Smith Remsen, Iowa Jan. 8, 1923-June 7, 2020 Fern Ella Frances Smith, 97 passed away peacefully to be with our Lord Sunday, June 7, 2020 at Happy Siesta Nursing Home in Remsen, Iowa. Fern was born in Millard, Nebraska to Fred and Bertha Benke. Fern was raised in Millard. She married Wilfred Smith December 24, 1945. The couple had 2 children (David and Scott). They made their home in Millard, Nebraska later moving to New Market, Iowa. Wilfred expired May 6, 1982. Fern was a homemaker with a love for knitting, crocheting and quilting. She also was an avid gardener. Although Fern was of few words, she dearly loved her frequent visits from her children. Fern is survived by her two sons; David (Carla) of Remsen, Iowa and Scott of Mascoutah, Illinois and one sister; Phyllis Buesing of Syracuse, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by her parents; Fred and Bertha Benke, three brothers; Roy, Earl and Harold, and one sister, Erma. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Special thanks to the staff at Happy Siesta and Hospice of Central Iowa for the wonderful care given to Fern.