Nov. 9, 1960 - Aug. 27, 2009

Deborah "Deb" Fernandez, 48 years young, of Philomath tragically died in a car accident on Thursday night, Aug. 27, 2009, near Junction City.

Deb was born Nov. 9, 1960, in Thousand Oaks, Calif., to Leslie and Delores Boyd.

She married Michael Fernandez on Nov. 4, 1994, in Portland.

At the time of her death, Deb was the labor relations manager for the City of Eugene, where, as in all her previous positions, she made many friends. For those of us who knew her well, the twinkle in her eye, her mischievous laugh, and her unique sense of humor will remain etched in our minds and bring smiles to our faces.

She was quick-witted, and could put you in your place with tact and style. She was kind and generous, and was blessed with a heart as big as the moon.

Deb was a devoted mother, a doting grandmother and a loving wife. She took great joy in her relationships with her children, and maintained almost daily contact with them. She dearly loved her grandchildren, and thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent with them.

Deb's love for animals was legendary among her friends and family. Her favorite pastimes were riding horses, walking her dogs, playing with her cats and caring for her parrot.

She was one of those rare people who make those around her better simply for having known her. Her memory will live on with each of us with all of our love forever!

Goodbye, Debbie.

Deb is survived by her husband, Michael; children Ashley Markham, Ben Markham and Thomas Fernandez; brothers Mike Boyd, Dennis Boyd and Rob Boyd; and granddaughters Natalie and Victoria.

A service is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at LaSells Stewart Center at Oregon State University.

Memorial contributions can be made to the OSU Federal Credit Union Deb Fernandez Memorial Fund for Safe Haven Animal Shelter.

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