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F Kerns

February 22, 1937 — December 6, 2021

FRANCES CASEY KERNS 22 February, 1937 – 6 December, 2021 Casey, as she preferred to be known, was born Doris Frances Casey in rural Marion County, in the Ozarks of Arkansas. At the age of two, spinal meningitis resulted in lifelong blindness. She attended Oklahoma School for the Blind, then Centenary College in Shreveport and University of Colorado, where she obtained an MA in psychology. She passed away from a lengthy illness in Sheridan, Montana. She is survived by a son from her first marriage to Lee Jobe, Alan Jobe; a daughter from her second marriage to Jack Kerns, Reyna Bjorgan; and grandson Liam Bjorgan. Casey published eight historical and contemporary novels in the 1970s and -80s, some of which were published internationally, and was listed in the Who's Who of American Women. She also worked as a Braille proofreader for the Library of Congress and other organizations. She was an avid fan of folk music, helping to found Denver Friends of Folk Music in the 1960s. Other loves included long road trips, breeding dogs, and reading almost continuously.
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