Fern J. Brossard was a wonderful woman who lived a rich, long life filled with challenges, love and adventures.
“The first thing about my grandma was that she had love,” granddaughter Kim Nichols said. “Her love for her family and her love for life showed itself in many ways.”
Brossard, 98, of Winfield, found joy in the simplest things.
“One of her greatest pleasures was to work out in her yard,” Nichols said.
In her early years, Brossard, a member of the Lakes of the Four Seasons Home and Garden Club, always cultivated a huge garden, taking pride in her roses and floral arrangements. She loved knitting baby clothes and needlepoint, creating beautiful kitchen towels out of flour sacks “which I will keep forever,” Nichols said.
Brossard enjoyed travel with her “group of girls.” Brossard was resilient.
“She endured all of life’s bitterness and she indulged in all of life’s sweetness,” Nichols said.
Married to her husband Lloyd for 62 years, together they faced life’s challenges.
“It was her unending independent spirit which made her will so strong and caused her to be so stubborn,” Nichols said. “She said whatever was on her mind, there was no sugarcoating anything.”
After high school Brossard mastered the use of a comptometer.
“Grandma wore various hats during her life working as a secretary in the hospital and working at Marshall Fields in the lingerie department,” Nichols said. “Marshall Fields is also where my grandparents first met. Grandpa was a traveling shoe salesman.”
For many years, Brossard helped her husband in his store Brossards Barrington Bootery.
“My brother and I had great memories of playing at the Bootery and attending sidewalk days in Barrington was a tradition for years after that,” Nichols said.
Nichols said her grandfather stayed by his wife’s side holding her hand, talking to her to let her know her family was all there.