Madella Fernung, 100, Kokomo, passed away at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at her residence. Madella was born Sept. 6, 1912, to Milton H. and Dessie (Smith) Sellers in Howard County. Both parents are deceased. She married Ernest E. Fernung in Shelbyville, on Oct. 8, 1932. Ernest passed away on April 27, 1986.
She attended 12 years of school in West Middleton, before attending Indiana Business College. She then worked for the Howard National Co.
Madella was an active member of the Alto United Methodist Church. She was a former active member of the Harrison No. 1 Homemaker’s Club, and she had served as a president. Later she served as county president of the organization and served on committees at the state level as well. She was also associated with their Past President’s Organization.
She was instrumental in starting the Howard County Home Show in Kokomo in 1956. The Goodwill Industries Organization was brought to Kokomo through her efforts in 1955. She was on WLS Radio Research Program, which brought her a wide range of education and friends, and a trip to Chicago in 1956. She was a very active member of the Kokomo Woman’s Department Club, serving as president, and continued as an active member until its disbandment in 2001.
Madella enjoyed being a member of the National Opinion Organization. She was also a member of the State and National Button Association. She worked in the gift shop at Howard Community Hospital and later joined the lifetime membership of the Hospital Cheer Guild. She enjoyed a very active life and to supplement her spare time she delivered flower arrangements for the Village Flower Shop, finding that this activity related to business as well as outside life, provided independence, was physically and mentally rewarding, and gave her a feeling of self-pride. She truly enjoyed visiting shut-ins and she enjoyed a host of friends and acquaintances. Her utmost interest was her three grandchildren, Rachel, Andy, and Alisha, and later her great-grandchildren, Faith Anne and Molly Grace.
Survivors include two sons, Phillip E. Fernung and Dennis R. Fernung; three grandchildren, Rachel Fernung (Brad Tomlinson), Andrew Fernung (Melissa Mayfield), and Alisha Boone and her husband Brett, and two great-grandchildren, Faith Anne and Molly Grace. Also surviving are a niece, Annabelle (Mrs. Don) Vawter; a nephew, Donald Sellers; and friends Ilene Reith and Dora Britton.
In addition to her husband and her parents, her brother, Leon, and her sister, Genevive, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on what would have been her 101st birthday, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St., with Pastor Dale Bliss officiating. Burial will follow at Prairieville Cemetery, Tipton County. Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.
You are invited to read Madella’s full obituary at www.ellersmortuary.com, where you may sign the guest book, share a personal message or order flowers for the family. Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main St., is assisting the family with arrangements.