Colleen Margaret Marie Fernandez, nee Smith, 52, of Livermore, CA, formerly of Maryville, IL, peacefully entered into her eternal rest on May 24, 2017 at her home, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
Colleen was born in East Saint Louis, IL on December 7, 1964. She was a graduate of Collinsville High School, and Washington University School of Medicine with a degree in Radiology. She was a Senior X-Ray Technician at Children’s Hospital Oakland, a career that she loved because it allowed her to care for and help children. She married Dagoberto (Doug) Fernandez Jr. on March 23, 2008. Colleen had a smile that would light up a room and she was quick to share it with anyone that she met. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and loved being near the ocean and mountains in California. She also enjoyed reading, and during her illness Doug built her a beautiful little house with bookshelves that went to the ceiling. This became a place of solace for her to read and pray. Colleen’s faithfulness, strong will, and positive attitude have been an inspiration to all who knew her, and we were blessed to have her in our lives.
She was preceeded in death by her parents, Matthew and Carole, nee Reid, Smith, her son Nathan Miller, and her godmother Kathleen Reid.
She is survived by her husband Doug of Livermore, CA, children Meagan (Annie Towata) Miller of San Jose, CA, Dulce Fernandez of Livermore, CA, Zachary Miller of Carlyle, IL, Joseph Fernandez of Livermore, CA, and Bianca (Michael) Grygo of Livermore, CA, father- and mother-in-law Dagoberto and Mirta Fernandez of Sunnyvale, CA, brothers Doug (Cheryl) Smith of Collinsville, IL and Matthew (April) Smith II of Wood River, IL, sister-in-law Mirtha (Edward) Bucaro of Sunnyvale, CA, nephews Reid Smith and Peyton Smith of Collinsville, IL, and nieces Erica (Kenneth) Mendes of Sunnyvale, CA, Rebecca Bucaro of Sunnyvale, CA, and Lauren Smith of Collinsville, IL, grandsons Christian Fernandez and Anthony Fernandez of Livermore, CA, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She will also be missed by her precious puppies Gabbie, Sophie, Ammi, and Sammi.
Visitation will be 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Barry Wilson Funeral Home, Maryville, IL.
Funeral mass will be 10am on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Mother of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 200 N. Lange, Maryville, IL, with Father Joseph Havrilka celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are kindly suggested to Saint Charles Borromeo Church in Livermore, CA or to Children’s Hospital Oakland, Oakland CA (www.makeagift.ecsf.edu).
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