Jody Fritz ,51, Olympia, Washington, and her husband were cruise ship passengers who arrived in the Caribbean Sea Riviera Maya cruise port of Costa Maya, Mexico.
She boarded an excursion bus with her husband Andy Fritz and dozens of other passengers for a trip to Chacchoben Ruins, located approximately 110 mi (177 km) south of Tulum.
Fritz and her husband were killed in the bus rollover accident on a narrow country road around 0900 hours on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
In September, Jody Fritz had begun her first school year as assistant principal at Sand Hill Elementary near Belfair. Dana Rosenbach, superintendent of the North Mason School District, said that despite her short time with the district, Jody Fritz was already well liked and considered a valuable part of the team.
“She was just a down-to-earth person who was committed to the education of children,” Rosenbach said.
Jody Fritz grew up in Mason County, graduating from Shelton High School, according to a September article in the Kitsap Sun. She met her husband in Massachusetts, and the couple moved with their two sons to Olympia in 1998. Jody Fritz previously worked for Yelm Community Schools.
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