Fern Prater Timmons was born on a farm near Van on Jan. 30, 1920. She graduated from Van High School in 1937, and married Ralph Timmons in September of that year. They enjoyed 50 years together before his death in 1988.
She was a member of the Van Church of Christ. She was always eager to serve others. She and Ralph played an essential part in raising two of their grandsons. She was proud of being able to live alone and independently until the last few weeks of her life.
Fern passed away at the age of 100 on April 27, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo Prater and Gladys Tunnell Prater; two brothers, Bruce and Kenneth Prater; and son-in-law, Kenneth Clifton.
She is survived by her children and their spouses, Tim Timmons (Linda) of Mineola; Dianne Clifton (friend, Roger Loper) of Carroll, David Timmons (Shirley) of Fort Worth; sister, Mary Jones of Tyler; seven grandchildren, Tim Timmons, Terry Timmons, Kent Clifton, Keith Clifton, Kasey Clifton, Michael Timmons, and April Trujillo; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.