OBITUARY

Rita Marie Fernandez

October 29, 1946December 10, 2020
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Rita Marie Fernandez was born on October 29, 1946 at Rochester Olmsted, MN to Harlan E. and Ilean Nereson and passed away unexpectedly at her home in Naches, WA on December 10, 2020. Rita moved to Washington in 1972 where she spent the remainder of her life enjoying a year-round outdoor lifestyle of snow skiing and mountain climbing with the Olympia Mountaineers.

Rita met single father Adrian Fernandez in 1978 and they married September 18, 1979. She soon adopted Adrian’s son Larry and in 1980 another son Mike was born completing the family. The family moved from their home in Centralia to Packwood in 1983, before settling in Forks in 1986. Over the next 28 years they raised their family and Rita worked for the DNR in finance. The family spent many happy fun filled weekends at White Pass skiing and summers climbing all the major mountains in Washington until Rita’s knees would no longer allow such strenuous activity. After the boys were grown, Rita worked as a volunteer EMT for Forks Ambulance and was the go-to person for the Red Cross Disaster Relief Program, assisting in local disasters such as fire or flood in Forks. She also volunteered for the National Ski Patrol with Hurricane Ridge and then White Pass Ski Patrol from 1986-2019. Until her retirement in 2012, Rita was a member of the Washington Incident Management Team, as a Time Unit Recorder, working natural disasters such as fires and hurricanes like the Katrina Incident. Upon Adrian’s retirement in 2016 they moved to their home against the hills in Naches, WA, where Rita enjoyed sitting on the porch, enjoying the view and playing with her kitties.

Rita is survived by her husband of 41 years Adrian Fernandez of Naches, sons Larry (Annina) of New Church, Virginia and Mike (Rebecca) of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren Maxine, Grace, Natalie, Justin, Addison, Jennifer and Makayla; and brother Tuz Nereson (Linda) of Dodge Center, MN.

A Memorial service is planned for March 2021 in Naches, WA. More details will be available at a later date. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.keithandkeith.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Rita is survived by her husband of 41 years Adrian Fernandez of Naches, sons Larry (Annina) of New Church, Virginia and Mike (Rebecca) of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren Maxine, Grace, Natalie, Justin, Addison, Jennifer and Makayla; and brother Tuz Nereson (Linda) of Dodge Center, MN.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 6, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, March 6, 2021

Memories

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Yvonne Fernandez

February 12, 2021

I'll always remember the great memories of spending vacation time with Rita, Adrian and the boys at their home in Packwood and Forks. Rita was always full of life and ready for any adventure. Her laugh and huge personality will be missed.

Melissa Eyle

January 7, 2021

I've fond memories of this lovely kind lady from our time on the Forks Ambulance together. She was fun, she was welcoming and devoted to her work. She was a wonderful homemaker and could nearly sew anything! My most heartfelt condolences to Adrian and Michael and family. Although we've not been in touch too often as of late it was like yesterday we were all in Forks Wa., my deepest sympathies.

Marsha Cline

December 31, 2020

Dear Adrian & family.. We were so sad to hear of Rita's passing. Please know that our thoughts, love & prayers are with you all..

David & Marsha Cline & Family
Forks, WA

John Viada

December 29, 2020

Rita was helpful to all of us who worked with her in Forks. She was the "Go to person " when you needed to know about health insurance or payroll issues etc. She was helpful and she cared about people.

May God bless and comfort Adrian and family.

John Viada
Retired DNR

Jenny Garstang

December 24, 2020

My memories are seeing a warm smile and caring demeanor. She did so much for the communities she lived in. She will be missed but will live on in all the minds of those who had the privilege of knowing her.

Tuz Nereson

December 23, 2020

Lawrence Fernandez

December 23, 2020

Rita I will miss you so much. Love you always. Adrian

Tuz Nereson

December 20, 2020

My dear big sis l will miss you forever

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