Lena R. Fava

Published Jul 13, 2014 at 12:02AM

October 20, 1920 - June 29, 2014

Lena Fava, beloved wife, mother and grandmother was born in Manvel, Texas on October 20, 1920 and died in Bend, OR on Sunday, June 29, 2014 at the age of 93. She was one of the “Greatest Generation” whose lives were influenced by the Great Depression and World War II. She spent most of her youth and early adult years in Detroit, MI. Later she moved to the Los Angeles area where she worked in various facilities that helped the World War II effort. Soon thereafter, she met her future husband, Frank Fava, and they married in 1947. Lena loved sewing. In fact, she worked at 20th Century Fox Studios as a seamstress for movie stars. Once her first daughter was born, Lena decided to stay at home with her family. Her joy of sewing continued for many years as she created lovely outfits for her daughters and granddaughters. Her activities included reading, gardening, cooking, sewing, listening to classical music, and spending time with her family and friends. Lena had a fun sense of humor and was very social. In 1988, Lena and her husband moved to Bend, OR. About 10 years ago, dementia started stealing Lena’s precious memories and greatly altered her life. Her final years were spent at Clare Bridge Residence for Dementia Care in Bend. She is survived by her two daughters, Gina Minnis and Linda Fava, son-in-law, Craig Minnis, all of Bend, OR, granddaughters, Cristina Minnis of Portland, OR and Daniela Minnis of Bend, OR. Her husband, Frank, died in 2000 after 53 years of marriage. We would like to thank our friends and loved ones who gave support to our family during this difficult time, and especially Bill Sterner. We would also like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Clare Bridge whose compassion and care were greatly appreciated by our family during Lena’s final years. We also would like to thank Dr Richard MacDonell and his staff and the staff at Partners in Care. We appreciated your kindness, patience, and understanding. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Partners in Care of Bend (www.partnersbend.org) or to the Humane Society of Central Oregon (www.hsco.org). A celebration of Lena’s life will be scheduled at a future date.  A private family graveside service was held. Please visit the on line registry for the family at www.niswonger-reynolds.com