Elsie Fernquist

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  • "We came to know Elsie and Bob through Immanuel Lutheran..."
    - Lisa & Mark Hasart
  • "Always always enjoyed her, quick wit and cute smile! RIP..."
    - Bev
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Immanuel Lutheran Church
8310 MacArthur Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98664

August 13, 1931 ˜ December 29, 2018

Elsie Fernquist of Vancouver, WA, passed away Dec. 29th, 2018 from head trauma related to a fall she experienced earlier that week. She passed peacefully in a coma at the age of 87 at Peace Health Intensive Care Unit surrounded by family and friends.
Elsie was born Aug. 13th, 1931 in Portland, OR and mostly raised in Lebanon, OR. She graduated from Lebanon High School in 1949 where she was active in social clubs and groups. She enjoyed attending reunions and had attended one just last August.
Elsie was married to Robert Fernquist, who passed in 2016. Together they owned and operated Orchards Auto Parts until 2001. Elsie was active in the American Business Women’s Association and the Lyons Club of Vancouver during those years. Prior to becoming a business owner, she enjoyed her work in the food and beverage industry.
Elsie was considered a steadfast volunteer with many groups and organizations including Peace Health Medical Center for 17 years. She loved sewing with a small group of women that made blankets for the newborns and helped in the gift shop. She volunteered at her church making meals for the Free Clinic and enjoyed her quilting projects. She helped with the Safehaven Group, an after-school program for kids.
Elsie is survived by her children; Jeannine Payton, Don Zarella, Tanya Aarhus, Suzanne Booth and step daughters, Sharon Endres and Terri Fernquist. She was a proud grandmother to eighteen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.
Her son, Larry LaFond, passed in 2009.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sat., Jan. 19th, 2019 at 1p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 8310 Mac Arthur Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98664.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church’s Memorial Fund.
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Published in The Columbian on Jan. 13, 2019
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