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Claudia Lee Kerns, 91, St. Joseph, MO

Claudia Lee Kerns, 91, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at a local health care center.

Claudia Lee Kerns, 91, St. Joseph, MO, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at a local health care center.

Mrs. Kerns was born May 27, 1922 in Drennon Spring, KY to Marshall and Minnie (Powell) Fitzgerald. She worked as an assistant for Inter-Serv. In 1948, she married Beuford F. Kerns in Troy, KS. She attended the Evangelistic Temple.

Claudia was also preceded in death by her husband, parents, sister, Eldora Ruark, three brothers; Ralph, Wallace and John Fitzgerald, and great-granddaughter, Jessica Whitten.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Fiste, son, John Hill, eight grandchildren, Donald, Dennis, Darren and Dallen Whitten, Dana Gann, Deavanie Flaska, John E. Hill, Jr. and Kimberly Andrus; fifteen great-grandchildren, Sara, Wesley, Shar, Shay, Travis, Connor and Tucker Whitten, Amber Matthes, Nick Smith, Dakota Gann, , Kaycee Dean, Skylar Flaska, Lucas, Madison and Bailey Andrus; and six great-great-grandchildren, Paige, Payden and Phylan Edwards, Kayleigh Dean, Maci and Hunter Smith.

Services 1:00 PM Friday at Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel. Interment Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Visitation will begin after 12:00 Noon Thursday at our chapel, where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday evening.

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