Published: Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Fernie M. Scovel was born Jan. 23, 1926, in Rapid City, S.D., to Al and Mary Scovel. She was raised with her brother and sisters in the Pennington County (S.D.) Jail when her father was elected sheriff of Pennington County. In those years it was customary for the sheriff and his family to move into the jail quarters and his wife would be the cook for the prisoners.
Fernie received her education in the U.S. and thereafter served as a missionary teacher under the World Board of the Congregational/United Church of Christ, teaching mathematics and science courses in schools operated by the church's mission in Turkey from 1949 to 1991.
She taught at the American Collegiate Institute in Izmir, Turkey, and in the church mission in Istanbul, Turkey, where the mission operated a girls school. The program involved teaching young Turkish girls. The girls wore school uniforms and received bed, board and a graduation certificate after graduating from the Collegiate Institute so they could make their way in the world.
Fernie moved to Hill City, S.D., in 1991, then moved to Westhills Village in Rapid City, S.D., in 2000 and moved to Fountain Springs Health Care, also in Rapid City, in 2010.
Fernie served a multitude of children in Turkey and dedicated her life to the betterment of humanity. She was a very bright and dedicated individual.
Fernie died May 7, 2013, at Fountain Springs Health Care facility. She was 87.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elizabeth Kent and Gertrude Scovel; and her brother, Bruce Scovel.
She is survived by a nephew, Al Scovel, an attorney in Rapid City; a great-niece, Dr. Kari Scovel, a psychologist in Rapid City; and a great-nephew, Dr. Clark Scovel, who lives in Tennessee.
A memorial service will be held Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at Custer Community Church. The Custer Meet &â��Greet holiday dinner will follow. Donations are requested.
Friends may sign her online guest register and offer condolences at serenityspringsfuneralchapel.com.
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