Barr Memorial Chapel obituary – Frances C. Nerhus, 75, Fort Madison

Frances Christine "Chris" Nerhus, 75, Fort Madison

Frances Christine “Chris” Nerhus, 75 years, of Fort Madison, Iowa died at 11:42 am Saturday June 13, 2020 at Unity Point in Keokuk, Iowa.  She was born January 8, 1945 in Davenport, Iowa, a daughter of Juanita (Graham) Rowe.  She married Reginald L. Nerhus on June 7, 1963 in Morrison, Illinois.  

Chris owned and managed several small businesses in the Fort Madison area including Chris’s Cab Company and Sweet Dreams and Etc.  She was a certified nail technician and an auctioneer clerk.  Chris was always excited about a new business venture and had a wonderful sense of humor, making fast friends with many, including coworkers, clients and customers.  

She is survived by two daughters, Faith Nerhus Vazquez and Fawn Stephens, and one son, Reginald Nerhus Junior, all of Fort Madison; seven grandchildren: Rena Nerhus Schulte, Brent Nerhus, Ashlee Fuller, David Nerhus, Jessica Nerhus, Joseph Stephens, and Autumn Stephens; four great-grandchildren, three sisters, Georgia VanRoekel of Montezuma, Iowa, Ruth Vanderhoof of Red Oak, Iowa, Linda Miller of DeWitt, Iowa; and one brother Stephen Suess of Des Moines.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Roy Nerhus, one sister Janis Baltisberger, and two great-grandchildren.  

Friends and family will be invited to a Celebration of Life, which will be announced at a later date.  Private burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, Calamus, Iowa.   Barr Memorial Chapel is honored to serve the Nerhus Family and an online guest book may be found at

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