Demarie Sue (Fellows) Wood, born in Portland, Oregon, on June 9, 1950, wife of Patrick Wood and daughter of Dean Claude and Delores Lorayne (Forman) Fellows, died at home in the company of her family from complications of multiple sclerosis on April 1, 2012.
An "Army brat," she followed her father's assignments from Camp Roberts in California, Camp Hanford in Richland, Washington, Fort Riley in Kansas City, Kansas, MacDill Air Force Base in St. Petersburg, Florida, then to Germany in Mannheim and Kaiserslautern, and stateside again to Lansing, Michigan, and Portland when her father was stationed in Korea and finally to Fort Lewis in Steilacoom, Washington, while he was in Vietnam. They finally settled in Olympia, Washington.
Demarie attended more than 12 different primary schools and graduated from Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington, in 1968.
She attended Central Washington State College and graduated from Evergreen State College in 1974 with a degree in field biology and a minor in ornithology.
She introduced her husband, Patrick, to birdwatching, and they spent many years "birding" while pursuing other recreational activities.
She met and married her husband while working as a creel census sampler for the Washington Department of Fisheries in 1973, and they were married in 1974 on the same day she graduated from college.
Demarie worked as a marine research technician for Battelle Research Labs in Sequim before relocating to Alaska in 1977, then worked for 20 years as a fishery biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Ketchikan and Sitka.
Demarie never lived in any one spot for more than four years until she and Patrick moved to Sitka, where they spent 20 wonderful years living and working together.
They spent "life" fly fishing for steelhead and salmon, hunting, crabbing and shrimping to their hearts' delight. They also played at fly fishing steelhead and trout every fall along the coast of North America from Alaska and British Columbia to California.
Demarie belonged to the American Fisheries Society, the International Women's Fishing Association, the Sitka Parks and Recreation Committee, the World Wildlife Fund, the Washington Fish Conservancy and the Sitka Volunteer Fishing Department. She loved playing fast-pitch and bowling.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Patrick; his mother, Darleen Wood; brothers Brian Fellows, Dixon Fellows, George Wood, Samuel Wood and George Dawson; sisters Georgina Campbell, Joey Dawson, Cheri Wood, Arleen Wood, Sheila Fellows and Kathy Fellows; and her beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dean, and her older brother Craig, who each died from cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam; her mother, Delores; her younger brother, Captain Scott Fellows, U.S. Army; her brother-in-law, Mac Campbell; and her father-in-law, George P. Wood.
There will be no services at her request; she will be cremated with her ashes to be spread on the Sitka Sound.
There will be one less rod on the "river."