Fern Annette Norcutt Lee
Fern was born to her loving parents, Robert and Edith Norcutt, on January 18, 1943, in her hometown of Fallon, Nevada. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side.
Fern was the eldest daughter, alongside her four younger brothers, Norman, Jack, Kenny, and Bobby Norcutt who she loved and helped raise as the caring person she was always known to be. Growing up on ranches across Nevada and California, where her father was a working cowboy, allowed her and her brothers to be homeschooled and even attend schools on some of the ranches they worked on. Later, she attended the Dixie Valley and the Stillwater School. In the 50s, her father went to work as a range rider for the TCID and settled back in her hometown of Fallon at their property on Stark Lane. She then attended and graduated from Churchill County High School, where she met her husband and the love of her life, Rich Lee. Fern and Rich married in 1969 in Virginia City, and their marriage lasted 63 years until her death. They had two sons, Kenny & Jimmy Lee, both also born and raised in Fallon, who remember her as a devoted mother who worked harder for them than any words could describe.
Fern spent over 30 years in the banking business, including organizing and serving as President of Fallon National Bank. From there, she went to work for the City of Fallon as Deputy City Clerk, where she served for 15 years and retired. She was a long-time member of Soroptimist International of Fallon, where she spent time as President, and was also on the founding board for the first Senior Center in Churchill County. Outside of work, she was an avid outdoors person who loved to hunt and fish, hunt arrowheads, garden, and explore all wild places. She and Rich hunted Idaho, Colorado, British Columbia, and Nevada. In 2014, Fern and Rich went to New Zealand and were successful in each harvesting two beautiful red stags and catching beautiful rainbow trout. She had also successfully hunted elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and antelope in the States of Nevada and Colorado.
Her biggest adventure, however, and the one that she loved the most - was her family. There was no place she would rather be than with them. She loved spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. Whether it was hunting, fishing, rodeos, ball games, or just sitting with them doing anything and everything they wanted to do. She loved them all “a bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck,” as she used to say. Fern was recognized for her kindness and loved by many in the community as the person who would make them feel like family and cherished them as if they were. She was well-known for helping anyone and expecting nothing in return. She will be missed every day.
Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Edith Norcutt, sister-in-law Patti Norcutt, her in-laws Bill and Jo Lee, and her daughter-in-law, Tammy Lee. She is survived by her husband Rich of 63 years, sons Kenneth and Jimmy (Jamie) Lee, grandkids Tommy (Nora), Flint (Bea), Shelby, and Sterling (Sarah). Great-grandkids Stix, Stella, Reata, and Piper. Brothers Norman, Kenneth (Jeannie), Bobby (Judy), Jack (Theresa) Norcutt, and numerous nephews and nieces.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, November 17, at 1 p.m. at Smith's Family Funeral Home, 505 Rio Vista Drive, Fallon, NV.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Fern’s name to:
Tammy Lee Tough Cowgirl Scholarship Fund: 18124 Wedge Parkway, Suite #2034, Reno, NV 89511.