The wife of Aureliano Segundo and the mother of Renata Remedios (Meme), José Arcadio (IV) and Amaranta Úrsula. Although she comes from a poor and dying town, Fernanda del Carpio was raised to be a queen with a rigid, moral code of ethics that repeatedly conflicts with the wild Buendía family spirit. Her husband splits his time between her and his concubine, Petra Cotes. When Meme becomes pregnant, Fernanda has her cloistered and locks the child, Aureliano (II), in the workshop and refuses to acknowledge him as her grandson. Fernanda del Carpio stands to inherit the house when Úrsula dies.