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M. LaFern McDonald

January 31, 1936 — March 26, 2023

M. LaFern McDonald, age 87, went to be with our Lord on March 26, 2023.

LaFern was the only child born to Amos and Dorotha (Baker) Barnes on January 31, 1936, in Iola, Kansas. She was very proud that she was the 4th LaFern in an unbroken line of seven 'LaFerns.'

She attended McKinley Elementary, Iola Junior and Senior High Schools, Westmar College in LaMars, Iowa, and St. Anthony's School of Nursing in Denver, Colorado.

LaFern was united in marriage to Dennis McDonald on June 12, 1955, in Iola, Kansas. This union was blessed with five children. Dennis and LaFern dedicated 20 years to the military life traveling to places such as Kansas, Virginia, Florida, Guam, California and Colorado before returning to Iola in 1973.

She was employed at Kress's, the telephone office, Singer's IGA, Guam country store, St. Anthony's Hospital, Allen County Hospital and Mac's Trophies. She played the piano for Calvary Methodist and Salem United Methodist Churches and was a wonderful prayer warrior. She was a member of the music club and sang in the Iola Christmas Vespers for many years. LaFern was a member of Sorosis Club and the Lioness Club, and enjoyed bowling in a league with her husband and family. LaFern was part of a Round Robin club that included former classmates that shared letters together.

LaFern was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter Carrie Dawn; son Michael Ray; daughter-in-law Debbie McDonald; and brother-in-law Martin Wright.

She is survived by her children, Deniece (Rodney) Edson, of Iola, Kansas, Dr. J. David (Penny) McDonald, of Wichita, Kansas, and Kelly McDonald, of Chanute, Kansas; grandchildren, Nicole (Bill) King, Dennis (Emma) Edson, Aaron McDonald, Whitney McDonald, and Taylor McDonald; great-grandchildren, Brenton and Danielle King, Ava Edson, Reed Wissman, Allie Bonhan, and Karma Moody; as well as many other family members and friends.

Family will greet friends 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 4, 2023, at The Venue, Feuerborn Family Funeral Service. The funeral service will be at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service chapel.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Salem Church, or Allen County Historical Society and can be left in the care of Feuerborn Family Funeral Service, 1883 US Hwy 54, Iola, Kansas, 66749.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation with Family Present

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

The Venue - Feuerborn Family Funeral Service

, Iola, KS 66749

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Memorial Service

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

2:00 - 2:45 pm (Central time)

Feuerborn Family Funeral Service - Iola

1883 U.S. 54, Iola, KS 66749

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