Phyllis Nadene (Pearson) Fettig, 86, of North Powder, Oregon passed away at her residence on November 2, 2018. A Graveside Service will be held at 2:30 P.M. on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the North Powder Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at the North Powder Grange.
As the youngest daughter of Olive and Frank Pearson, born and raised in North Powder and with 13 siblings, Phyllis was eager to experience life outside her rural upbringing and joined the Army soon after high school. Shortly thereafter she met and married William Fettig and along came her two girls, Gayle and Cindy. They spent 28 years in the service, moving overseas and around the US many times. Retirement in 1967 brought them to Portland and "Bomber Bill" to the State Police. Full retirement came in 1978 when they joined their beloved friends, Pat and Hank Hay in Nyssa, on the Snake River, building a gorgeous home by themselves.
Her desire to return to North Powder neverending, a final move brought her back to Powder in 1986. Here she and Bill remained and thrived. Bill passed away in 1994, but she couldn't leave. Gayle passed away in 2007 and she considered a move to Portland, but "Powder" was home. Stubbornness, (a trait not lost on the Pearson women), it gave her great comfort to live out her life on her own terms.
As the last member of such an extended family, she endured the pain and suffering of losing so many before her. Her journey is now complete and she is reunited with those she loved so much and who have waited so patiently for her to join them. She gave her love, laughter and tears to her family and she will be dearly missed.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 13 brothers and sisters (Elmer, Ruby, Bus, Susie, Dorothy, Peggy, Grace, Calvin, Lois, Barbara, Alta, Pete and Mick). She lost her beloved husband William Fettig in 1994 and oldest daughter Gayle Lynn Fettig in 2007. She is survived by her youngest daughter Cindy and her husband Brian Carr; grandchildren Carrie Jo Galbraith, William and Makenzie Carr; great grandchildren Breonna, Maxwell and Zachary Galbraith, Jaxson and Addison Carr; great-great grandson Jaxson Galbraith; and many loving nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the North Powder Grange in gratitude of their years of service to this special family would be appreciated. Donations can be made through Gray's West & Company Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Avenue, Baker City, OR 97814.