Nov. 17, 1940-Aug. 29, 2004

YUMA, Ariz. - A graveside service for Carrie Fetsch will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Hermiston Cemetery. A memorial gathering, as Mrs. Fetsch wished, is planned for 1 p.m. Sept. 25, at the Pendleton Elks.

Carrie Lee Nation Fetsch, 63, a resident of Pendleton and Yuma, Ariz., died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at her home in Yuma. She had been a victim of ALS (Lou Gerhig's Disease) for over 3 years.

She was born Nov. 17, 1940, at Salem, to Reitha A. Howard Nation and Myron W. "Babe" Nation. Six months later, the family returned to Hermiston, where she grew up and attended schools, graduating in 1958 with honors from Hermiston High School. While in junior high and high school, she was a band majorette and a freshman cheerleader. She was active in Job's Daughters and the First Baptist Church.

She attended Northwestern School of Commerce in Portland, and attained a personal secretarial degree. Her first career experience was as a stenographer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Portland.

After a nine-year marriage in the Portland area, she returned to Eastern Oregon in 1969 and settled at Pendleton where she was employed by McKellar Services as a public stenographer.

On June 30, 1972, she married Robert L. Fetsch and together they raised two sons on a small farm east of Pendleton. During that time she was employed by Institutional Reimbursement, State of Oregon; Planning Department and Commission, City of Pendleton; and School District 16R. She retired from public employment in 1989, was a bookkeeper for Joe McLaughlin Insurance and office manager for the Elks, and a beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics for 15 years.

Mrs. Fetsch enjoyed her family, camping, traveling, especially in Mexico, horseback riding, going dancing, good friends, playing pinochle, and cooking holiday feasts.

She was a parade helper for 14 years for the Pendleton Round-Up on her special mare, Blaze.

After her husband's retirement in 1998, the couple enjoyed friends and activities wintering in Yuma, Ariz., and only returned to Pendleton during the summer months.

Survivors include her husband, Bob, sons, Brent Fetsch of Trout Lake, Wash., and Steven Gibbs of Renton, Wash.; grandchildren Dalton Fetsch and Allie Fetsch.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Yuma, 1824 S. Eighth Ave, Yuma, AZ 85364, or The ALS Association - Arizona Chapter, 5040 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 151, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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