The Curry Coastal Pilot

Former Brookings resident Fern Gertrude Hannaford, of Ashland, died Nov. 15, 2011, in Ashland, just short of her 101st birthday.

She was born Nov. 19, 1910, in Eagle Point, to Wilfred and Elizabeth Jack.

Fern married a Navy man, Edward Hannaford, in 1930. They were stationed in Shanghai, China; Seattle, Wash.; San Diego, Calif.; Norfolk, Va.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Phoenix, Ariz; Whidbey Island, Wash., and Oxnard, Calif. They later divorced and Fern never remarried.

She moved back to Medford to be close to family, then later moved to Shelton, Wash., where her daughter Betty Jean Flick lived. She had many types of jobs in her lifetime, but her favorite was as a cook for 25 years at Mason General Hospital in Shelton. Fern was known as a great cook and a fantastic pie maker.

She also was a volunteer, driving cancer patients to the hospital in Seattle, and loved to knit sweaters and afghans for friends and family.

In 2000, she moved to Harbor to live with her daughter, Signa Fischer and her husband Jay. She lived there for 10 years until she moved with the Fischers to Ashland last fall. When she became ill this year, Fern moved into Faith Adult Foster Home in Ashland.

Fern is survived by her daughter Signa Fischer (Jay) of Ashland; daughter Betty Jean Flick (Ed) of Cosmopolis, Wash.; sister Evelyn Straus of Medford; brother Eldred Jack (Joyce) of Coquille; seven grandchildren including Sharon Fischer of Brookings; 18 great-grandchildren including Ashley Fischer of Brookings; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilfred and Elizabeth Jack; sisters Mary McDowell and Ruby Jack; and brothers Merle and Maurice Jack.

Her ashes was be scattered and a remembrance held in Shelton, Wash.

Submitted by the family.