She attended Pemetic High School, Class of 1935 and Bangor School of Commerce, and took numerous banking courses.
In 1935, Ferne married the love of her life and best friend, John J. Leonard Sr., and they celebrated 73 years of marriage in Manset and Southwest Harbor. She was a wonderful wife and mother.
Ferne worked as a bookkeeper for H.G. Reed. She also was a teller at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, as well as manager of the Southwest Harbor branch, loan officer and assistant vice president.
She was a member of the Maine and New England Needlework Association, American Legion, Southwest Harbor/Tremont Nursing Association and Pemetic Alumni Association.
Ferne enjoyed family, sewing, rug hooking, cross stitch, needlepoint and spending time in her beautiful dahlia and peony flower gardens. She loved to travel to Florida with her husband and play shuffleboard with friends.
She is survived by two sons, Howard E. Leonard of Bar Harbor, and John Jr. and wife, Sharon Leonard, of Warner Robins, Ga., and one daughter, Janice and husband, David Reed, of St. Augustine, Fla., her grandchildren; Karl Reed and wife, Sharon of Naples, Fla., Shawn Reed and wife, Mary, of Fort Wainwright, Ark., Kevin Reed and wife, Allison, of Presque Isle, Vicki Leonard Alley of Ellsworth, Jeffrey Leonard and wife, Laura, of Greenwich, Conn., Jessica Leonard Casey and husband, Jim, of Athens, Ga., and Lynn Leonard Tinkham and husband, Blair, of Orrington; 13 great-grandchildren, Chloe’ and Simon Casey, Campton, Parker, Tilly, Boden and Sidonie Tinkham, Christia and Alyssa Alley, Jeffrey Lawford, Hunter and Abigail Reed and Olivia Reed, and one great-great-grandchild.
Ferne was predeceased by her beloved husband, John, infant daughter, Barbara and dear sisters, Lurlene Rumill Murphy, Theolyn Rumill Erskine, Ava Rumill Gott and Elaine R. Smith, and grandsons, Mark David Reed and Mark Edmund Reed.
Services will be announced in the spring.
Contributions in Ferne’s memory may be made to the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Nursing and Ambulance Fund, PO Box 437, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.