PORTLAND - Ocean Park resident Jacqualyn "Jackie" Hernandez, 51, died June 26, 2006, in Portland, Ore., following a brief illness.
The daughter of Gene and Lorraine (Crawford) Watson, she was born Feb. 24, 1955, in Vancouver. She grew up in Vancouver and graduated from Evergreen High School in 1973. Following high school she began a dog grooming business in Vancouver and in 1983 moved to the Surfside area of Ocean Park. During this time she operated her grooming business, became a member of the Ocean Park Fire Department and an emergency medical technician.
She began working at Ocean Beach Hospital in Ilwaco in 1989 and in 1991 graduated from Clatsop Community College with a degree in nursing. She continued her career at Ocean Beach Hospital until 1996 when she became a hospice nurse for Harbors Home Health and Hospice in Long Beach.
Mrs. Hernandez was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview. Throughout her life she loved animals, especially horses and dogs. She was deeply devoted to her family, especially her son Adam, and she had a delightful sense of humor. She was a true people person who was an excellent nurse, one whose passion was caring for her patients and the entire community.
Survivors include her husband Salvador and son Adam both of Ocean Park; parents Gene and Lorraine Watson of Long Beach; brothers Martin Watson of Camas and Melvin Watson of Vancouver; sisters Kathy White of Ocean Park, Becki Glasson of Long Beach and Amy Malmstadt of Chinook; nieces and nephews Marty, Mindy, Michael, Mark, Scott, Travis, Brandon, Jacob, Krista, Katie, Rachel and Ross. Her brother Michael preceded her in death.
A celebration of life was held on Friday, June 30 at the American Legion Hall in Ilwaco. A reception followed. Private committal will be at Ocean Park Cemetery. The family has established a fund in the name of Adam Hernandez at Great Northwest Federal Credit Union in Long Beach. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by Sea, Long Beach.