Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Fern Casper Rasband, surrounded by her dear husband and family, died peacefully dreaming of trips in the motor home, sleepovers with grandchildren and being in the loving arms of her father. Gone are the cares of life as she moves into a glorious reunion with her Heavenly Father and loved ones.
Fern was born August 24, 1932 in Midway, Utah to Reuben Orson Casper and Orpha Vida Watkins. She was born with a rich pioneer heritage from her handcart ancestors with gifts of faith, endurance, faith, artistic talents and testimony. She was known for her beautiful strawberry blond hair, green eyes and endearing personality. She idolized her older sisters and loved their sweet husbands.
Mom met dad, the dream of her life, her handsome tall, Heber boy when she went for a ride in a friend’s ‘48 Ford. They instantly fell in love and became sweethearts forever. Mom taught dad to dance and they danced as a couple for the rest of her life. Their lives were inseparable. They were married in Midway, Utah on September 9, 1949. They were sealed on January 3, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Our mother loved to wear capris, jewelry and anything beautiful. She had exquisite taste and loved to beautify her home. You could always find mom with a paint brush in hand and a plan for her next project. She loved to work both in the home and community and was always on the move. She loved her family with all her heart.
Mom was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout her life, serving in Young Women, Relief Society and Primary. She worked as a cook at the BYU Food Services serving hundreds of missionaries, was the first cafeteria manager at the Provo Temple, and worked at several electronics firms. She started cooking on a Monarch wood stove and ended up on a giant commercial oven as an amazing cook.
Mom survived cancer, a stroke and many medical challenges with endurance, patience and resilience. Her life was a refiner’s fire creating a character of gold and silver. She leaves a legacy of love and lessons.
Fern leaves behind her husband and sweetheart of 69 years, J. Verl Rasband; three children, Nanette Theobald (Evan), Payson Utah, Alan (Lisa), Danville, California, and Roy (Catharine) Centerville, Utah, one sister, Gloria (Florida) and dear friend Nhat Mee Choo (Yoon Shay) and her family that they considered their own. She has a posterity of 17 wonderfully amazing grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren who she loved with all her heart.
Fern was preceded in death by her grandson, Thomas Rasband (Roy), her parents, four sisters (Margie Pyper, Lucille Johnson, Marian Berry, Elaine Carlile and a brother Russell Casper. The family would like to express their appreciation to Diane Crawley, Beehive Homes in Payson, Seasons of Santaquin, I-Care Hospice and Dad for the many years of tender care of their mother.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the Grandview 10th Ward Chapel, 1600 North 1880 West, Provo, at 11 a.m. Friends and family may visit Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church and again from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to services. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.walkerobits.com.