Ferne Shirley Baltzer was born on March 10, 1936, in rural Hutchinson County, SD. She was the second of two children born to Orvil T. and Margaret (Minet) Carey. She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith in the First Presbyterian Church of Scotland, SD.
Ferne graduated from Scotland High School in 1954 and went on to earn her B.A. degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD. She joyfully reflected upon the achievements of her former students at Werning Rural School (1955); Mitchell Litchfield Elementary (1956); Ft Casper Elementary (1959); and Menno Elementary (1967-1991).
On June 8, 1958, she was united in marriage to Marvin Otto Baltzer. They farmed in rural Hutchinson County until retirement. Ferne enjoyed tending her gardens, helping her children with 4-H projects and singing in the Scotland Community Choir; and church choirs at First Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ. She was active in Women's Fellowship Groups, Scotland Civic Club, Chapter AE of PEO, Scotland Hospital Auxiliary, Scotland Community Library Committee and the SD 4-H Foundation.
Ferne enjoyed the changing of seasons with each passing year, but particularly loved the new breath of spring. She passed on the spring morning of March 13, 2019 at the age of 83 years.
Ferne is survived by her husband, Marvin Baltzer of Scotland, SD; Marc and Nancy (Baltzer) McClellan of Mobridge, SD; Dan & Sue (Baltzer) Hughes of Frisco, TX; four grandchildren: Michael, Michelle (fiance Kevin), Abigail and Benjamin.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18, at Scotland Community Church with burial following at Rosehill Cemetery, Scotland.
Visitation will take place from 5:00 p.m. until a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at Goglin Funeral Home in Scotland on Sunday, March 17.