Fern McGee

Female 1917 - 2012  (95 years)


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  • Name Fern McGee 
    Born 28 Apr 1917  Kirtland, San Juan, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Nov 2012  Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2695  My Family Tree | McGee-Christensen
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2015 

    Father Joseph Carr McGee,   b. 18 May 1888, Noble, Ozark, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1939, Cortez, Montezuma, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Pearl Vilate Stolworthy,   b. 6 Aug 1888, Huntington, Emery, Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1953, Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 10 Feb 1909  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1024  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Apr 1917 - Kirtland, San Juan, New Mexico, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Nov 2012 - Farmington, San Juan, New Mexico, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Joseph and Pearl McGee Family
    Joseph and Pearl McGee Family
    Back row: Jewel, Roscoe, Melvin
    Front row: Fern, Carr, Kenneth (Kelly), Pearl, Ardell
    Circa 1926

    Documents
    1920 US Census for Joseph Carr McGee
    1920 US Census for Joseph Carr McGee
    Name: Carr Mc Gee
    Age: 31
    Birth Year: abt 1889
    Birthplace: Missouri
    Home in 1920: Fruitland, San Juan, New Mexico
    House Number: Farm
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Spouse's Name: Pearl McGee
    Occupation: Farmer
    Industry: General Farm
    Home Owned or Rented: Own
    Home Free or Mortgaged: Free
    Able to Read: Yes
    Able to Write: Yes
    Household Members:
    1. Carr McGee: Age 31
    2. Pearl McGee: Age 30
    3. Melvin McGee: Age 10
    4. Roscoe McGee: Age 7
    5. Jewell McGee: Age 5
    6. Fern McGee: Age 2
    1930 US Census for Joseph Carr McGee
    1930 US Census for Joseph Carr McGee
    Name: J Carr Mcgee
    Birth Year: abt 1888
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Birthplace: Missouri
    Marital Status: Married
    Home in 1930: Precinct 4, San Juan, New Mexico
    Home Owned or Rented: Owned
    Lives on Farm: Yes
    Age at First Marriage: 20
    Attended School: No
    Able to Read and Write: Yes
    Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
    Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi
    Occupation: Farmer
    Class of Worker: Employer
    Household Members:
    1. J Carr Mcgee: Age 42
    2. Pearl Mcgee: Age 41
    3. Melvin C Mcgee: Age 20
    4. Roscoe Mcgee: Age 17
    5. Jewel Mcgee: Age 16
    6. Fern Mcgee: Age 12
    7. Kenneth Mcgee: Age 8

  • Notes 
    • Born Fern McGee in Kirtland, as a youth she helped with her family's trading posts on the reservation, still using horse-drawn wagons.

      Fern completed an Associate's Degree at Snow College Utah, then taught at a BIA reservation school.
      In 1939, she became the assistant to the Farmington town manager.

      In 1942, Fern was selected for the first Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Officer's Training, and was commissioned equivalent to an Army Second Lieutenant. She traveled around the U.S. for Army recruiting and military administration. In 1946, 1st Lt. McGee applied for discharge and married Army Cpt. George Duckworth.
      The couple moved widely on Army assignments ranging from the Panama Canal Zone to Alaska. In 1957 to 1958, in Washington, D.C., Lt. Colonel Duckworth was in charge of ceremonial honor guards, and Fern arranged formal social receptions for visiting dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth and the Shah of Iran.

      When Colonel Duckworth retired in 1970, they settled in Farmington. Fern joined the San Juan Hospital Auxiliary as a volunteer occupational therapist. She remained active in the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), giving school presentations on WWII U.S. history.

      For over fifty years Fern was a prolific artisan of beautifully hand painted ceramics that decorate thousands of home around the country.

      Fern is survived by her husband, George Duckworth; sons, George Jr. ""Hal"" and David; four grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

      A funeral service for Fern will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home with Bishop Jared Lusk of Farmington 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints conducting. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens, 6917 E. Main St. in Farmington with full military honors provided by VFW Post #2182 of Farmington.

      The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all relatives and friends who were so kind and supportive during this time. Your kindness will always be remembered.
      Fern's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688.

      Published in Farmington Daily Times from November 15 to November 22, 2012


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