Fern Jennings Frutchey

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Fern J. Frutchey, age 76, of Reston, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2009. Beloved wife of Donald F. Frutchey; mother of Donald F. Frutchey, Jr., David M. Frutchey & Debra Frutchey Penn; & sister of James Jennings. She is also survived by her grandchildren Carson & Spencer Frutchey & Peyton & Sydney Penn, as well as other relatives & friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090 or to the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation, 225 N. Muhlenburg Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. Lovely Fern, you were surrounded in love your whole life. You shared yourself with everyone, and we all knew you were something special! I feel very blest to have known you. You have a wonderful family. You can call us if you need anything.

  2. As an employee of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation I served Fern as she was the treasurer for the Northern VA alumnae Chapter, a role she took very seriously, and a generous donor. She was a good shepherd of the needs of the chapter and the sorority and a dedicated supporter, and a lovely person to converse with.

  3. I will never forget how many times Fern drove to meet my Mom to drop Debra off at my house or to pick me up to take me to hers. We spent a lot of summers together like that. My fondest memory is Fern always “losing” her glasses. They would be on top of her head and she would say, “Girls! You have to help me find my glasses. ” She was always so serious, but when Debra and I would start giggling (as young girls do) she would put her hand on top of her head and bust out laughing with us.

  4. For many years, Fern participated in our congregational life and managed the flowers for the United Christian Parish, always with a smile! She encouraged us all to sign up to beautify the sanctuary and glorify God. Her smile and friendly reminders were very much at the heart of UCP! I will remember her presence fondly… –Roxane Hughes, Reston

  5. The Francis C. Hammond High School Alumni Association, Alexandria, Va., would like to offer condolences to Don and family. Miss Jennings, later to become Mrs. Frutchey, was a much loved teacher at our school, and often attended our reunions.

  6. Fern was a most loyal Sigma throughout her life. She was always at our Founder’s Day events and other Sorority meetings, even after she became ill. I shall always remember her dedication to our group and will make a contribution to The Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation in her name. The Metropolitan Washington D. C. Alumnae share in your loss. Bette Blythe Lewis Beta Kappa Chapter, Arizona State University Metropolitan Washington, D. C. Alumnae

  7. Our deepest sympathies go out to the Frutchey Family. May the memory of Fern live in your hearts forever.

  8. Please accept my condolences on you loss. Mrs. Frutchey was one of my favorite teachers at Hammond. She will be sorely missed at future Hammond gatherings

  9. To Don and Family, I have so many fond memories of working togther with Fern on church projects. Ken has many memories working with Don on Gulf and then Mobil Reston projects and even going on a fishing trip or two with him and other Reston work force. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all and I know that the UCP Parish friends will always be available for any support and help we can give. Barbara & Ken Bonner

  10. On behalf of the Francis Hammond High School class of 1962, I would like to express our great sadness over the loss of our former teacher and friend Fern. I personally had so many great conversations with her in person and on the phone. She was a good dancer also. God Bless Don and family at this time. Tommy Morris, Chairman Class of 1962

  11. Dear Debra, David, Peyton and Sydney, We are lifting all of you in prayer. May the Lord hold you close and comfort you during this difficult time. We are here for all of you ALWAYS and love you very much! The Generous Family Curtis, Lou, Brendan, Christophe and Danielle

  12. To the Frutchey/Penn Family, Kind sympathy in this your time of bereavement. The loss of your wife,mother and grandmother has caused much pain and a sense of loss in your lives. I hope time and many pleasant memories will help to relieve your discomfort and fill the void of your loss. May God be with you now and always. I met Mrs Frutchey at Debra and David’s wedding. She was a pleasant, gracious and generous hostess. I will always remember her. “To live in hearts that love is not to die” “Memory gives endless life”. Best wishes, Tom Penn and Family

  13. To Don and your family, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Fern. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Janet and Ed Humston

  14. Mrs. Frutchey taught me at Hammond, first as Miss Jennings, the as Mrs. Frutchey She was an excellent teacher, and I was glad I had her twice. It was always fun seeing her at our class reunions. She will be missed by all of us who knew her. May she rest in Peace.

  15. We were both very saddened to hear of Fern’s passing. We attended United Christian Parish when Fern was still active. Our condolences to the entire family and hope she is in a better place. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Fern Frutchey was one of several wonderful teachers at Hammond who prepared us well for college and beyond. I still remember the first day in class when she laid down her rules, including that there would be no bathroom breaks unless one’s “back teeth were floating.” She worked us hard and taught us study habits and research skills that made college and law school seem easy. She encouraged extra-curricular activities and spent her own time advising a number of them. Over 45 years later, I’m still grateful for her teaching, her friendship, and her encouragement to her students to be the best they could be. Mrs. Frutchey will be remembered and missed. My condolences to her family and friends. Alan Friedberg, Hammond ’63

  17. Mrs. Frutchey probably had the greatest influence on my education of any teacher. I was terrible at history, never being able to “predict” the questions like I could with science and math. I started with dreaded “FF” and under her tutelage, progressed by the end of the year to getting a few “A’s”. She prepared me exceptionally well for attending university to the point the courses at university were easy compared to hers. She also taught me how to organize (her amazing class outlines!!) So while I’m sure she never knew the positive influence she had, I would like to take this opportunity to tell her and her family now. With kind regards, Jennifer Minogue, Hammond ’66

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