Ferne E. Houchins Ambicki, 92, of Tucson, AZ died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at home with the comfort of her family. She is survived by her children; Judith (John) Lewandowski, & Ronald Houchins, La Grange, GA; grandchildren: Michael, Regina, Jenifer, Matthew, Adam (Elizabeth), & Andrew; great-grandsons: Kevin, Noah, Zane and Alexander, brother Dr. Earl (Julie) Damewood (WV), & many nieces & nephews. She is preceded in death by 3 loving husbands; Charles Edward Houchins (WV), Jack Ambicki (OH), & John Kerezy (FL), 2 sons, Charles Edward Jr. & Donald; sister; June Naysmith; brothers; Donald, Edwin, Samuel & Gene Damewood.
Ferne was born to Earl & Lois Damewood in Princeton, WV, October 15, 1923. After high school she attended business college. While working in Bluefield, WV, she met the love of her life, Charles Edward Houchins, and married him 6 months later. Ferne and Eddie had 4 children; Charles Edward Jr., Judith & twins Ronald & Donald (11/21-11/27/1948). In 1953, Ferne & her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Ferne lost her beloved Eddie to cancer in 1956. A strong, single mother, Ferne continued to instill love, faith & devotion in her children.
In 1962, she married Jack Ambicki. They enjoyed many years together until his passing in 1981. Ferne retired from the United Transportation Union after 30 years as an executive secretary. Ferne married John Kerezy in 1984.They relocated to FL, where she became president of her condo association. Widowed in 2002, she looked forward to hosting weekly visits for her grandson, Matthew & daughter-in-law, Linda.
In 2012, Ferne moved to Tucson & resided with Judy & John. She loved reading, watching TV, & working jumble puzzles! She loved treating the family each New Year’s Eve to dinner at The Red Lobster. She said, “My greatest honor was becoming a mother & raising 3 wonderful children. Each time I became a grandmother, I was deeply honored.”
Friends may call at Marana Mortuary, 12146 W. Barnett Rd., Marana, from 1-4:00 pm on Sunday, April 3 & 9-10:00 am on Monday, April 4 followed by services. Flowers may be sent to Marana Mortuary.