Gladys “Penny” Fernandez, 81, passed away at her home in Odell, Ore., with family at her bedside on Sept. 13, 2009. Penny was born on Jan. 22, 1928, to Charles and Elva Dunn. Born and raised in the small logging town of Ryderwood, Wash., she was one of two children.
Penny graduated from Ryderwood High School in 1946 and went on to marry her high school sweetheart. When the logging town closed down, she and her four children settled in Longview, Wash., and would later make Los Angeles, Calif., their home.
She worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone for many years. After retiring, she moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and finally settled in Odell, Ore.
Her interests were reading, crocheting, crossword puzzles, bingo, and family gatherings. She had a passion for feeding wild birds of all kinds of which she referred to as her “freeloaders.”
She is preceded in death by her husbands, parents, brother and son.
She is survived and will be dearly missed by her three children: daughter Elva “Tink” Phillips, of Odell, sons Chuck Powell, of Gresham, Ore., and Jerry Powell, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren: Bill Phillips, Shari Davis, Kathy Farring, Chris and Tim Powell, Melissa Nelms and Jennifer Powell; and nine great-grandchildren.
Services to honor Penny’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Sonrise Church at 6701 N.E. Campus Way, Hillsboro, Ore.
Memorials may be made in Penny’s name to the Heart of Hospice through Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please sign the family guest book at www.andersonstributecenter.com.
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