Rosina A. Fairbanks of Four Lakes passed away on March 29, 2012 at the age of 98. She was born to Jacob and Flora Rufer at Fort McCoy Florida on Nov. 8, 1913. She was second oldest of four children.
She was 10-months-old when her family returned to Washington to farm near Pine City. They later moved to Oregon, where her father farmed and worked in the logging industry. Rosina graduated from Scapoose High School in Scapoose, Oregon in 1930. From there she attended Behnke Walker Business School in Portland, Oregon.
She first met her future husband, James T. Fairbanks, on the speeder going to and from school while living in Brix logging camp. They met again in Silverton, Oregon and were married in 1932. Their early years together were spent in Seneca, where Jim worked as woods foreman for the Heinz lumber company.
In 1944 they moved to the Colville area and later moved to a farm on the Kettle River near Laurier. Their primary crop was certified seed potatoes, which they sold in the Columbia Basin area. Among the other crops they grew were strawberries, which were in high demand.
The family moved from the Orient area to Cheney in 1958 where Rosina and Jim worked for the City of Cheney. She retired in 1981 as Deputy City Clerk. After Jim retired from the City Water Department, he was hired as foreman laying pipes for new housing developments in Spokane County.
They spent their retirement years in Four Lakes. Rosina had many hobbies and interests. She and Jim enjoyed camping and gold panning together. Among her hobbies were wood-working, ceramics and upholstering. She was an excellent seamstress and sewed for her family for many years. She also took accordion lessons and two years later was playing in an orchestra.
Her oil painting adventure began as a way to pass time while she lovingly cared for her husband over his long illness. She enjoyed gardening and always had many beautiful flowers. She also did some traveling with friends and family. She was a member of the Four Lakes Community Church, as well as the Hub Club.
Rosina possessed a strong determination to accomplish whatever the task set before her. Her life was an example of goodness, integrity and loyalty. She was appreciated for her selfless devotion to family and friends, her wisdom and her sense of humor. She was a wonderful mother and will be greatly missed.
Rosina was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Fairbanks; brother, Jacob Rufer, Sumner; sister, Irene Rufer, Cheney.
She is survived by her sister, Lorene Remmers, Reardan; children, Ralph Fairbanks (Pam) Olympia; Laura Lindvall, Spokane; Irene Carman (Bruce), Oak Harbor; Betty Lyerla (James), Spokane; Don Fairbanks (Marsha), Cheney; Lois Fairbanks, Kent; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her funeral service was held April 7 at the Cheney Funeral Chapel.
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