Fernette McDowell, 101, passed away of natural causes on Friday, May 15, 2020 while a resident of the Prairie House Assisted Living in LaPine.
Fernette was born to Alfred and Ruby Parkey on April 9, 1919 about 8 miles North of Madras on the Agency Plains. She was one of eight children. Two of her sisters were also over 100 years old at the time of their passing.
Fernette spent the majority of her adult life on a ranch moving to the Silver Lake/Summer Lake area in 1945. Later in life, she worked for the US Forest Service cruising timber and planting trees. Fernette loved to keep her hands busy so did a lot of crocheting, knitting, sewing, and decorating eggs for Christmas ornaments, selling some of those items at local craft sales.
Fernette was preceded in death by: husbands, Alvin Weaver and Charles McDowell; her parents; seven siblings; and great-granddaughter, Melissa Sommars.
Fernette is survived by: her son, Gerald Weaver of Silver Lake; son and daughter-in-law, William and Kathie Weaver of Silver Lake; daughter and son-in-law, Norma and Ed Bigley of Silver Lake; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Due to the current restrictions, a “Farewell Party” will be held at a later date.
Autumn Funerals has charge of the arrangements.