Ferner married Georgeanna (Georgia) Washburn Dafoe, who was a cousin of Ruth Suckow, in 1965. Her husband had died a decade earlier. The two couples had been friends for many years.
The following year, 1966, he and Georgia worked with a group of people to form the Ruth Suckow Memorial Association (RSMA). We owe a great debt to Georgia because she helped organize Ruth's papers to be donated to the Special Collections of the University of Iowa's library.
Here is more information, from the Wikipedia article that I wrote about this remarkable man--and couple:
Contributions of Georgeanna (Georgia) Nuhn
Ferner and Georgia gathered and organized Ruth's papers and donated them to the Special Collections at the University of Iowa. Georgia also created an exhibit for the Suckow Library in Earlville, donated a bookcase from Ruth's Father, and helped gather mementos to display in a glass case. 
She died May 28, 1984, and Ferner wrote a moving tribute to her life and work in the Fall 1984 issue of the Ruth Suckow newsletter. He remembered her role in the efforts to establish the park: "The event was a fitting climax to Georgia's long labor of love in memory of Ruth Suckow." 
Georgeanna Dafoe Nuhn, a founding member of the RSMA, died on May 28, 1984 in Claremont, California. She was 79 years old. She is buried in Tecumseh Cemetery, Tecumseh, Johnson County, Nebraska.
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