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Simple lives, Sisterly love, Thoughtful intent
Fern, Iva and Lois Catherman in the 1930’s. 

Simply taking care of each other – that is how three dutiful sisters led their lives. Fern, Iva and Lois Catherman lived their entire lives on the family farm near Wynot, Neb., one they would eventually inherit and learn to manage. 

As the girls grew to adulthood, they chose to remain together. Fern and Lois sought full-time employment while Iva cared happily for the home. Even while aging into their 80s and 90s, once a week they would go to town for groceries and stop at the library, often staying for hours to finish a good book. After all, overdue book fees were just plain unacceptable, even due to inclement weather. Although never traveling more than 50 miles from home their entire lives, the National Geographic Traveler subscription they had enabled global journeys from the comforts of home.

None of the sisters married so there were no heirs in which to leave their collective estates. So, with thoughtful intent, each prepared her estate to benefit the surviving sisters, adding a charitable component. The sole surviving sister would bequeath a gift to The Salvation Army.

As the years progressed, each sister departed this earthly life, passing away one by one - Lois in 2002, Fern in 2006 and Iva in 2012. Indeed Iva kept their sisterly promise, bequeathing an estate gift to The Salvation Army.

Fern, Iva and Lois cared for their parents and each other all of their lives. Now they’re "Doing The Most Good" by helping The Salvation Army take care of others.

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