Ferne Whetstone Felton

Honored by:Esther Whetstone
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Ferne Whetstone Felton graduated in June 1937 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education. In September 1937, she and George Felton were married. George had graduated from Iowa State with his BS MS and Ph.D. His doctoral degree was in Chemistry. Their children are Dorothy (Mrs. Chuck) Kerekes, Marsha (Mrs. Maurice) Stevenson and Frances (Mrs. Will) Findlater. Each has a college degree.

Marsha has a Master's Degree in Library Science. After employment in Battle Creek, Michigan and Hammond, Indiana, the family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1944. George was employed with Dole Pineapple Company. To Ferne's parental family, it seemed a long distance to have her in Hawaii. Regular letters and visits kept the ties close. Her mother, Nellie, visited Hawaii. When George retired in 1974, he and Ferne moved to a Harden County farm where George had been born. They lived in Ames as well. George continued his work in Chemistry research until his death in 1989.

Ferne gave her energies willingly to help her family and her community. As her parents, Ferne believed in educational opportunities and was always interested in helping families to have a better life. With family and friends, Ferne established the George E. Felton endowed scholarship in perpetuity based on academic achievement for three juniors majoring in chemistry. Ferne has given monetary support for the arts and for all to enjoy at the Brunnier Gallery. She has also served as a docent at Brunnier and at the Farm House on the ISU campus.



Paver Inscription:

"Iowa State Alumnae
In Family Of
Charles And Nellie Whetstone
Casey, Iowa
Alice Whetson Soults
Ester Whetstone
Marie Whetstone Rietz
Ferne Whetstone Felton
Lois Whetstone Foot
Ann Walters Harrison
Jeanne Soults Lutze
Maurene Soults Kleven"



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