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Fern J. (nee-Sharp) Priestley

May 22, 1944 - August 12, 2018

Loving and Dedicated Wife, Mother, and Grandmother


Service Date: August 20, 2018

In Lieu of Flowers: Autism Speaks OR Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

Obituaries » Fern J. (nee-Sharp) Priestley

Dateline: Morristown, NJ

Fern J. (née-Sharp) Priestley passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 12, 2018 near Allentown, Pennsylvania. She was 77 years old.

Fern was born in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada, and grew up in Alberta. She married Eldon Priestley in 1961 in Calgary, Alberta. They subsequently lived in Pasadena, California, Boston, Massachusetts, Central New Jersey, Houston, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 1993, they moved to Mendham, NJ and then to Morristown, NJ in 2010.

Fern was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who took wonderful care of her family. She was very active in her church.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Eldon; her sons: Scott & his wife, Jennifer and Brian & his wife, Laura; her brothers: David and Raymond Sharp & his wife, Anne; her sister, Joan Ralph; and her four grandchildren: Diana, Carolyn, Benjamin, and Lyla Rae.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Service at 10:00 am on Monday, August 20, 2018 at the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany, NJ. (973) 887 – 3235 or visit Her visitation will be on Sunday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Fern to either Autism Speaks (to donate online please visit df_id=1500&mfc_pref=T&1500.donation=form1& OR to the childhood pain program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (to donate by check via mail, make check out to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. On the memo line — in memory of Fern J. Priestley. Mail checks to: CHoP Foundation, P.O. Box 781352, Philadelphia, PA 19178. To donate by phone — call Donor Relations Hotline at CHoP. (267) 426 – 5332. To donate online — — click on make a gift.)