Carol Lynn Edlefsen, 62, died March 29, 2014 at St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska surrounded by family and friends. She was born February 20, 1952 in Staten Island, New York, but lived all over the United States and Puerto Rico while her father was in the Coast Guard.
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She moved to Anchorage in 1981 with her husband, David Edlefsen after living in San Diego, California. Their daughter, Moriah, was born in 1982. Carol, with a young child at home, chose to be the most wonderful caregiver to several babies who became her lifelong friends. She also worked at the Stonington Gallery.
She completed her dream of a college degree by receiving a B.A. in English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She worked at the Loussac Library from the early 1990's to 2001. With her marriage ending she took on another dream and set-off for the University of Washington where she received a Masters of Library and Information Science degree in 2003. She worked for the Seattle Public Library at the Capitol Hill branch. As a Children's Librarian, she was included in many special family celebrations. Her passion for reading and for children was evident throughout her life.
When Carol found out that she was ill she knew she wanted to come back to the one place she always considered home - Anchorage. She retired from the Seattle Public Library and moved back to Anchorage in February of this year.
Carol loved Shakespeare, good music, supporting local artists, knitting and baking. There was always room at her table for one more person. Her daughter says that she was the most caring and motherly person there was.
Carol was preceded in death by her father and mother, Joseph and Isabel Frye; and brother, Joseph. She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Moriah and Brian Mercereau of Anchorage; her son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Catherine Schultze and their children Gabriella and Lucas Schultze of Seattle; her sisters, Pamela and Melody Frye of San Diego; and many dear friends.
A service will be held on Sunday, April 6th at 1:00 p.m. at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery downtown, followed by a reception at the Quarter Deck in the Hotel Captain Cook at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Friends of the Loussac Library for the purchase of children's literature.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2014