May 30, 1953 - November 6, 2019 Fernanda "Fern" "Fernie Pernie" Garza, 66 passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on November 6th, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 30th, 1953 in Harlingen Texas to Paula Hinojosa (Perez). At a young age her family traveled with Guadalupe and Angelita Delgado to the State of Washington. After a few years in Eastern Washington they moved to Stanwood, where she graduated High School in 1972 and met the love of her life Monico Garza Sr. After meeting Monico, Fern was embraced by his family and given the opportunity to blossom into the woman she was meant to be. This beautiful couple who all looked up too married in 1973 and moved to Mount Vernon. Fern loved to love each and every person she met, her life was centered on her family and loved ones. Her eyes and heart would light up with the laughs and smiles of her grandchildren and all her nieces, nephews and numerous God children. Fern always loved to express herself with dance as her spouse and children participated in parades and other festive events dancing as part of a Mexican Folkloric Dance Group. She also enjoyed passing the time creating amazing jewelry and crafts that she gifted throughout the years. Often, she would pass the time, when unattended, ordering from QVC or HSN where she would tell her husband that she has had the item for years or would hide presents and forgot where they were. Fern always welcomed everybody into their home, when her children were growing up she was a second mom, feeding, advising, dressing, and providing emotional support to all. Her homemade flour tortillas, pork chops, potato salad, fried chicken and burritos were infamous! She also had a little quirky, spicy, eccentric, unique style and passion towards life. She challenged her limitations, and boundaries and surprised many with her "funny" "not so funny" sense of humor. As a high school student, she helped support her family by working as a migrant farmworker for S&B farms where she was known as the "best pickle picker", she then worked at Josephine Sunset Home as an aide, prior to starting her career at Seafirst bank in Mount Vernon and then LaConner. After 20 years at Seafirst she went to work at SB&C Collection agency and then finally the Department of Licensing where she retired in early 2019. During this time, she was also a volunteer for Immaculate Conception Church as a Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, and participated in various ministry retreats. Fern was preceded in death by her son Ricardo C Garza and survived by her husband of 46 years Monico Garza Sr., her three children, Monico C Garza (Amy Scholten), Sonia C Garza (Jaime Rodriguez), Corina C Garza (David Howatt IV), Fur Babies Missy & Smokey Garza two grandchildren, Caitlin R Garza, Monico R Garza, Fur Grand Babies Harley Garza, Maddy & Zoey Garza Howatt, and Great Fur Grand Babies Duke, Luna and Susie. Her mother Paula H Perez and siblings Victor Cardona (Marla), Angie Rosales (Mario), and Emily Molina (David), In laws Valentina (deceased), Gabriela (Eduardo), Pauline (Perfecto), Juan (Rocio), Lily, Maria (Jaime), Lupe (deceased), Paula (Dennis), Georgia and Nancy. Many Primos, Nephews, Nieces and Godchildren whom she loved as her own. Please join the family at her viewing on Saturday November 9th from 5pm-8pm, with a rosary at 7pm at Hawthorne Funeral Home and Memorial Park. Her funeral mass will be at 12:15pm Monday November 11th at Immaculate Concepcion Church in Mount Vernon. In lieu of flowers, Fernanda has requested that donations be made to Peace Health United Cancer Care fund via the family. Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA. The Garza Family

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