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Pastor recalls couple killed in accident (along with their daughter) were loving parents

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CHURCH - Mila, Tiffany, Fred and Ewan Fefelov. Mila, Tiffany and Fred were killed in a two-car crash Saturday near Santiam Pass. The parents who were killed along with their daughter in a car crash over the weekend were killed were part of a close-knit and loving family, according to their church pastor.

Tiffany Fefelov, 27, her husband Fred Fefelov, 34, and the couple’s daughter, 7-month-old Mila, were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 20 near Lost Lake in eastern Linn County early Saturday.

The three were riding in a vehicle driven by Tiffany that was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near milepost 78 when it lost control on the wet roadway, crossed into the westbound lane, and collided with a westbound 2001 Chevrolet Suburban towing a 32-foot travel trailer, according to the Oregon State Police.

The couple’s 5-year-old son Ewan was not in the vehicle at the time.

Ricky Challinor, pastor of Portland International Christian Church where the couple were members, said Tiffany and Fred were traveling to a marriage retreat when the fatal accident occurred.

“Fred and Tiffany were some of my best friends,” said Challinor. “They were loving. They were warm.”

Church members gathered Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. at Summerlake Park in Tigard to remember the trio. About 100 people attended the event.

Tiffany Fefelov once lived in Sherwood and had still has family members there, said Challinor. The family had lived in King City a little less than a year, Challinor noted. They had also lived for a period of time in Beaverton.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mila, Fred and Tiffany Fefelov. The trio died Saturday following a two-car collision on wet roads on Oregon 20.

A Facebook page from Tiffany Fefelov lists her as a graduate of Tualatin High School who worked as a licensed practical nurse at Arbor Oaks Memory Care since 2012.

Challinor said the couple at one point led a marriage ministry program at the church, which meets at the Doubletree by Hilton in Northeast Portland.

He said Fred loved to play video games with his son Ewan and that Tiffany would dress up in costumes with Mila.

“They just loved doing stuff as a family,” said Challinor, who has headed Portland International Christian Church since 2012.

A memorial service for the trio will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St.

Meanwhile, a GoFundMe account to help defray the cost of funeral expenses has been set up at: http://www.gofundme.com/Fefelovfamily.

“The overall hopeful goal is about $25,000,” said Challinor, saying about $11,000 had been raised by Oct. 20, an amount that “just shows how dear they were to people.”

Also, donations may be forwarded to the church to benefit the couple’s son by visiting the church’s website.

Jim Redden also contributed to this report.

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