Fern Butler Haley, 84, died peacefully on Friday, May 5, 2017 in Davis, CA. She was born July 17, 1932, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of Lawrence Edward Butler and Myrtle Van Ausdal, the 10th of 11 children. Fern moved with her family to Fresno as a young girl. She married Ralph William Haley in 1949 at age 17, and they raised their 4 children in Fresno. Fern was a wonderful mother and homemaker, and an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. She learned sign language with her daughter Darla and volunteered in many activities in the deaf community. After Ralph's career in bus driving ended, they managed apartments together for 13 years in Placerville, San Andreas and Fowler, CA. When they retired they moved "up the mountain" to a mobile home park in Dunlap, CA. They enjoyed their years of retirement until November 2005 when health problems required they move to Woodland, CA to be closer to their son Craig and family who could help care for them. The past 5 A½ years she has been cared for by the dedicated staff at Courtyard HealthCare in Davis where she suffered from advanced Alzheimer's disease. Her husband Ralph passed away 3 1/2 years ago.
Fern loved to do arts and crafts, sing, play games, watch and record old movies, and spend time with her family and friends. She was known for her puns called "Fern jokes," yodeling, her beautiful handwriting, and for her caring, kind personality. She was only 4'11 A�" tall, but she had a giant heart and great spirit. " I love you" were the last words she could say, and she said it often to family and the staff who cared for her.
She is preceded in death by her husband Ralph, her daughter Janet Haley Cardon, 2 infant grandaughters, her parents and 7 siblings. Surviving are son-in- law Mike Cardon of Kaysville, Utah, son Michael (Shelly) Haley of Port Angeles, WA, son Craig (Colleen) Haley of Woodland, CA, and daughter Darla Woodburn Thatcher of Portola, CA. Also surviving are 2 brothers, and 1 sister, Ernest (Alma) Butler of Fresno, CA, LouDene (Johnny) Shields (Huston, Texas), and Myron (Kathy) Butler (Show Low, AZ).
She has 18 living grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints, 1880 Gettysburg Ave, Clovis, CA. Internment will be at Fresno Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Friday, May 19, 2017
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Clovis, CA
1880 Gettysburg Ave.
Clovis, CA 93611