Fern Elizabeth Cartwright, born March 31, 1930 in Bemidji, Minnesota, and died March 18, 2021, just 13 days before her 91st birthday.

Mom lived in Lakeview, Oregon before moving to Eureka 63 years ago. She first worked at Cloney’s Pharmacy, then moved on to the womens’ clothing industry and worked at Lerners, McGaraghans and Roos Atkins.

She is survived by sons, Tom (Connie), Jerry, and daughter, Kandi (Darrell). Her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Lindsey (Kyle) Addison and Carson, Jaxon Rasmussen (Sadie and Brian’s son), Jamie (Curt) Bella and Claire, Brandee (Chris) Maya and Ryder, and Shane (Chelsea) Shelby. She is also survived by her sisters, Carol and Clara.

One of mom’s favorite things to do was to go to her great-grandkids’ sporting events and rarely missed a game.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, granddaughter, Sadie, brothers, Frank, George and Charles, and sisters, Florence, Mary and Irene.

A very special thank you to all the staff at Alder Bay who endlessly treated mom with dignity and respect, lots of smiles, hugs when needed, and always a sense of humor, which was invaluable to mom. She called Alder Bay “Home” and loved you all.

A very special thank you also to Gayle Newman who visited mom daily while she was in the hospital when family was not allowed due to Covid-19.

Sara and Steve from Hospice! Thank you, thank you!

In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the American Cancer Society, 2942 F Street, Eureka; or, Hospice of Humboldt, 3327 Timber Fall Court, Eureka.

It was mom’s wishes that no services will be held.


A note from the great-grandchildren to Grandma Fern:

Fern loved with all she had and enjoyed the simple things in life. She loved her family and friends and surrounded herself with love and joy. Her baking and cooking couldn’t be matched and she moved around in the kitchen very well. Her flower garden was the prettiest in the neighborhood with Dahlias and Gladiolus. She cared for everything and everyone with passion. She loved and she will forever be loved by everyone who knew her.


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