Rena Fendrick

February 16, 1935 ~ January 6, 2020

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  1. Bob and Mary Gilholme

    Dear Family

    I was posted at Fort Norman 1958 to 1960 with Rena and Reub and look back with fond memories of their hospitality and friendship. They were wonderful mentors to a young Constable. Our families were together in Whitehorse and enjoyed a life long friendship of shared experiences. Our sincere condolences on the passing of this wonderful northern pioneer.

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    • Debra Fendrick

      Hello Bob & Mary-thank you so much for your lovely tribute to my mom (& dad). They treasured their friendship through the years with you as well.

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  2. Lyle & Cindy Henderson

    Debra, Robert and family, so sorry for your loss. Your mother was a lovely lady and we feel fortunate to have known her and your father. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family at this time.

    Lyle & Cindy Henderson

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    • Debra Fendrick

      Lyle & Cindy-thank for your condolences. I am so glad our families reconnected later in life and that your dad and Joy spent many good times with my mom & dad. They were always pleased to run into the two of you & catch up.

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  3. Edie Hiscock.

    Robert and Debra, so sorry to hear of Rena”s passing. We became friends many years ago in Whitehorse when our kiddies were all small. Hugs. Edie Hiscock.Edie

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    • Debra Fendrick

      Dear Edie-thank you so much for being in touch & your condolences. My mom always enjoyed your company and great sense of fun. All the best to you and your “kiddies”.

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  4. MAXINE LINDSAY

    Well, although it is sad that such a lovely, lovely woman has moved on to be with “her Reub”, I cannot help but smile as I think of “Mrs. Fendrick”. She was always a smiling, good morning face in “the office ” of FH Collins many many years ago. Mrs. Fendrick was a staple in our lives. Her memory will live on in our thoughts. It was a pleasure seeing her around town and I know she always enjoyed seeing me and hearing about, what I was up to.

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    • Debra Fendrick

      Thank you Maxine for that lovely tribute to our mom-you always brought a smile to her face!

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  5. Jim and Peggy Thoreson

    Sorry to hear of Rena’s passing. Glad we had a chance to visit with her and Reub at a recent Yukoner’s. Had a lot of laughs from years spent with them in Whitehorse.

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    • Debra Fendrick

      Thank you Jim & Peggy for your kind remembrances.

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  6. Jean Hawkins

    Debra and Robert….we are so sorry to hear that Rena has passed away. We first met in Inuvik in 1964 on our transfer to Arctic Red River…so long ago but seems like yesterday with so many good memories in between. She was dearly loved snd will be missed by the many lives she touched.. our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    Jean and Bart Hawkins.

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    • Debra Fendrick

      Thank you so much Jean for your kind message. It is heartwarming to hear your memories from years ago.

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  7. Nick & Trudy Veres

    Dear Debra, Robert & families, We are remembering Rena – a very special lady dedicated to her family and home. Rena & Reub were our neighbours in Riverdale, Wolf Creek and Marsh Lake. Rena & Reub were an inspiration to us in how to live life and raise wonderful children.

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    • Debra

      Thank you Derek & Anna for thinking of us all at this time – it is very appreciated.

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    • Debra

      NIck & Trudy-thank you for your really lovely note about our mom (and dad). They were one of a kind, each in their own way and we were very fortunate to be their children! They always enjoyed their get-togethers with you two – all through the years. Thank you for always keeping in touch.

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  8. Jean Hawkins

    Bart and I were so sorry to hear Rena had passed away. I met you Mom when you lived in Inuvik and we were on our first posting to Arctic Red River. Seems like yesterday but a lot of ,good times and memories remain. She was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed, not only by her family but also the many lives she touched.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Bart and Jean Hawkins

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  9. Ed and Carole Zawyrucha

    Robert, Debra and families, There really aren’t any words to express how much we will all miss Rena, as we miss Reub. Rena was always such a lady and all of the younger wives looked up to her. Her life was an example to many.
    Our thoughts are with you.

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    • Debra Fendrick

      Thank you Carole & Ed for your heartfelt condolences and especially your tribute of our mom. It’s very comforting to know how much others thought of our mom too.

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  10. Anna & Derek Sweeney

    Debra, Rick & Alix: Sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you.

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    • Debra

      Thank you Derek & Anna – we all appreciate your condolences.

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  11. Laurie Geschke (née Morrison)

    Debra, thank you so much for replying to my Christmas letter, sent on behalf of my mother Evelyn Morrison, wife of the late Al Morrison. Though Dad never served up north both he and Mom really enjoyed the trip they made to visit your Dad and Mom decades ago. Mom and Rena corresponded until Mom was no longer able to. As others have said, they were pioneers, both of them. And larger than life. I hope someone will write a memoir or biography of one of both of them. I know I would buy and read it! Wishing you peace, joy, happy memories and fulfillment as you grieve the loss of your Mom. Kind regards to Rena’s extended family members.

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    • Debra Fendrick

      Thank you Laurie! Your thoughts and condolences are very comforting.

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