Katie Brooks (Baker) Fernander, 41, passed July 30, at HCA Florida Fort Walton-Destin Hospital after a brave two year battle with a rare cancer of the throat.

Katie was born Sept. 26, 1980 in Hollywood, California, moving to the Smoky Mountains, and Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 1984. She attended Pi Beta Phi and Gatlinburg-Pittman High School, graduating in 1999. During her childhood she was a Tennessee State Tennis Champion and performed at Dollywood with her father. The Fernander family moved from the Smokies to Ft. Walton, Florida in 2016, where she was beloved, respected employee with SunDestin Resort.

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