Fern Marie Vanassche, 82, of Wallowa, died April 22, 2003, in Tulare, Calif. She was born Oct. 2, 1920, in Enterprise to Charles and Opal Tippett.

While attending Chesnimnus School, she used horses to transport herself to class. After graduating from Enterprise High School in 1938, she married Lewis Kerr. In 1950, the couple and their five children moved to California where they worked on ranches. After Lewis' death in 1963, Mrs. Vanassche returned to Wallowa County and married Wayne Vanassche in 1966. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Enterprise, where she enjoyed playing bingo. At the time of her death, Mrs. Vanassche was returning from Arizona where she had spent the last several winters.

Survivors include her children Patricia Christ of Red Bluff, Calif., Karen Hayes of Bristol, Tenn., Azalee Ann Cromer of Laurel Hill, Fla., Johnny Kerr of Valdez, Alaska, and Byron Kerr of Fairbanks, Alaska; sisters Shirley Guest of Walla Walla, Wash. and Vesta Jacobs of Enterprise; brothers Fred Tippett of Enterprise and Ted Tippet of Lewiston, Ida.; ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands Lewis Kerr and Wayne Vanassche; and brothers Glen and Pat Tippett.

Graveside services and interment were held at the Enterprise Cemetery on April 29. Memorial contribution may be made in Mrs. Vanassche's name to the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 4307 in Enterprise.

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