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Fern Marker

Born: 01/16/1932 Died: 12/31/2010 Maiden Name: Cunningham Honorific: n/a

Fern Louise Sanner Marker passed away on Dec. 31, 2010, of a heart attack at her home in Bakersfield, Calif. Fern was born in Duncan on Jan. 16, 1932, to Charles “Chuck” Franklin Sanner and Louise Cunningham. Fern married Billy Leon Marker, son of Leon Edwin Marker and Jewell Roberta Walker of Duncan, on Dec. 21, 1949. While living in Duncan, Fern gave birth to their first child, Vicki Louise, on Nov. 22, 1950, and later a son, Billy Leon Jr. on Dec. 15, 1951. Fern’s husband, Bill, worked in the oil field industry, which required moving his family around the country for a few years. While they lived in Jacksboro, Texas, Fern gave birth to their third child, Debra Lynn, on Jan. 29, 1957. Later that year, Bill began working for Halliburton in Rio Vista, Calif., where they settled for 18 years. While living in Rio Vista, Fern gave birth to their fourth child, Ricky Lee, on Sept. 5, 1960. Ricky died on Nov. 29, 1960. Fern worked several years for Amerada, then Standard Oil, while living in Rio Vista. In 1976, Bill transferred to Bakersfield where he continued to work for Halliburton and Fern worked for Occidental. Fern and Bill retired in Bakersfield. She enjoyed waterskiing, golf, bowling, knitting, reading and spoiling the heck out of her granddaughters. Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Chuck and Louise, and her son, Ricky. Fern is the great-granddaughter of William A. Sanner and Margaret “Maggie” Frances Tucker, one of the original enrollees of the Choctaw Nation. Fern is survived by her husband of Bakersfield; her daughter, Debra, of Bakersfield; her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Bob Withers of Grand Junction, Colo.; her son, Bill Jr., of South Tahoe, Calif.; her brother, Charles Dale Sanner of Pleasanton, Calif.; and three granddaughters, Sherrie Withers Cruz of Salt Lake City, Tiffany Marker of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Courtney Marker of Sacramento.