Fern Elizabeth Wheeler Lord, 88, of Kingman passed away Monday, June 27, 2011. She was born July 15, 1922, in Drumright, Okla., to Leroy and Edith Wheeler. When she was three months old the family came west with the building of the railroads. After the death of her father in an accident at age 36, she worked for four years at the Beale Hotel. She cooked, waited tables and made up rooms. Her mother moved to Los Angeles when Fern was 18, but Fern remained in Kingman working in restaurants and motels. When her mother became ill, Fern went to Barstow, Calif., to care for her. She worked for Mojave Senior Complex in Barstow for three years. Fern married Carl Lord; they were married more than 40 years. He did sand, gravel and rock work. He was also engaged in construction on Hoover and Davis dams. They moved to Simms Street in 1943. Fern began working for the Department of Economic Security at age 65 as a social worker, later as a receptionist and retired in 2006 after 17 years with the agency.
Survivors include two sons, David (Phyllis) Lord and Daniel (Tina) Lord; five grandchildren, Tammy Lord, Shaun (Tracy) Lord, Kenneth Lord, Mike (Aubrey) Lord and Kathryn Lord; and three great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Skyler and Tre'dan Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl.
The funeral service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Manzanita Baptist Church, 2040 Golden Gate Ave. (off Fairgrounds Blvd.).