Fern was born on Dec. 25, 1910 in Cleghorn, the daughter of Rudolph and Flora (Gates) Brenneman. She was united in marriage to Bernard Bowen in 1939. Fern graduated from Morningside College in education, and received her Masters from the University of Iowa. She taught school in Peterson, Calumet, Cherokee, Riverside, Waterloo, and San Bernardino, Calf.
Fern loved the outdoors, going on hikes, bird watching or working in her garden.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Judith Stoa; and her sisters, Vera Brenneman, Helen Brenneman, Marge Brenneman, Dorothy Haight and Betty Bechtel.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Larry) Edgerton, Madison; grandchildren, Sarah (David Goldschmidt) Edgerton, Madison and Aaron Edgerton, San Diego, Calif.; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Isabel Goldschmidt; and her step great-grandsons, Benjamin and Paul Goldschmidt.