September 25, 1924 - March 31, 2010
Longtime area resident, Iva Fix, 85, died March 31, 2010, at Park Manor Rehabilitation Center in Walla Walla, Washington. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at Herring Funeral Home in Walla Walla, Washington. A private family inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center or the Blue Mountain Humane Society through Herring Funeral Home.
The youngest of three children, Iva was born September 25, 1924 in Hot Springs, South Dakota to Harry and Emma Collins. As a child she witnessed the construction of Mount Rushmore. Before moving to Walla Walla in the mid 1940's, Iva resided in California and New Mexico. She worked at Sigman's Grocery in Walla Walla for fifteen years where she learned to make her signature potato salad.
On December 10, 1954, she and August M. "Bud" Fix were married in Walla Walla. Shortly after the birth of their daughter Kathy, Iva went to work at Seafirst Bank as a bank teller. She retired from Seafirst Bank after 25 years of service ad the personnel officer in 1983. She was a member of several banking and service organizations.
After her retirement and the death of her husband in 1984, Iva purchased a motor home and began to travel with her friends and her sister Lola. She made two memorable trips back to the Black Hills of South Dakota, traveling on one of her trips with her daughter Nancy and sister Lola. She enjoyed trips all over the Northwest and parts of Canada.
Iva loved camping, boating, and fishing. Many summers where spent with family friends enjoying weekends at the Snake River or the annual San Juan Island fishing and camping expedition. She was well known for her fabulous cooking and baking as well as many handicrafts, especially crocheting. In the 1980's, she started a small home based business Fixcraft and sold her baked goods, candies, and handicrafts at area holiday craft
bazaars alongside her daughter Kathy, Iva enjoyed making sauerkraut with Kathy and her son-in-law Thom and prepared a corned beef and cabbage dinner every year for them in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
In her later years, Iva discovered her love and talent for gambling. She loved Bingo, Bunco, slots, poker and gin rummy. She made an annual trek with her friend Wilda to Reno in addition to a semi annual trip on the bus to Winnemucca with her Elks friends. She was a Lady Elk and a member of the 287 Wheelers Elks Club. Her dear friends, Dick and Marilyn Neher escorted her to the monthly dinner meetings and accompanied her on the Winnemucca trips. Her daughter Nancy and husband treated her to Wildhorse Casino excursions for her birthday every year. Iva looked forward to her daughter Kathy's lunch visit everyday during which they played a few hands of gin rummy and ate yogurt.
Above all else, Iva loved spending time with her family and her kind, caring spirit and wonderful sense of humor will be greatly missed.
Iva is survived by three daughters: Kathleen and Thomas Scott of Walla Walla, Washington; Nancy and Lloyd Clark of Bend, Oregon; Linda Townley of Astoria, Oregon. Four grandsons, one grand daughter, several great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, August M. Fix; two sisters, Opal Robb and Lola Tubbs.