Wanda Fruits, 83, passed away at her home with family and friends at her side.
Wanda was born in 1930 in Gary, Texas. She moved to Oregon and graduated from Oregon College of Education in Monmouth. She was an elementary school teacher in Roseburg, and enjoyed art, writing, photography and music. She taught adult citizenship classes in Lakeview and elementary school in Guadalajara, Mexico. She worked many summers as a lookout on Ward’s Butte, Spring Butte, Drake’s Peak, Hagar, Green, Dog, Chase, Wolf and Bald Mountains.
She is treasured by her family and friends for encouraging independent thought and stretching their abilities. She loved her family dearly and always put them first, including ahead of her career. She used her gifts and talents to enrich lives and expand dreams.
Wanda was a free spirit and not afraid of hard work. She loved the Lord and had a very strong faith. When she prayed, you knew the Lord was listening and bending near. She was strong and courageous in the face of adversity. She taught by example not to give up when it hurts, but to sing louder and longer and move forward.
Wanda was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Gordon Fruits and a sister Juanita.
She leaves behind her children Annie Earls, Mollie O’Neal, Michael Stahr, Martha Tracy; grandchildren Paul, Luke and Joel Mitchell, Rachel Mitchell Wirt; great-grandchildren Tyler and Christopher Wirt, Finn, Dietrich, Caleb and Jaycee Mitchell.