Jean Agnes Bjorn, 87, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2014 at Swedish Medical Center in Edmonds, Washington due to complications from COPD. She was born to Alexander and Agnes Veilleux in Bellingham, Washington on September 24, 1926. The Veilleux family eventually moved to Arlington where she lived with her three older sisters: Rosie, Kay and Corinne. Jean was a graduate of Arlington High School, Class of 1944, and attended Seattle College (now Seattle University). She married Phillip Henry Bjorn on July 24, 1946 and they built a home in Arlington, WA where they raised their two children: Timothy John and Susan Kay. While in Arlington, Jean enjoyed gardening, playing golf and bridge, and being an active member of the Lady Lions service organization. She and her husband eventually moved to Whidbey Island where they owned and operated Langley Building Supply. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1996, and after her husband's passing in 1999, Jean remained at the home they built on Useless Bay Golf Course until several years ago. Most recently, she was a resident of Fairwinds Brighton Court in Lynnwood, WA. While there, Jean enjoyed the friendships she made, along with her beloved cat, Pawsy. She leaves behind her two children: son, Tim Bjorn and his wife, Nancy of Everett, WA; daughter, Sue Frause and her husband, Bob of Langley, WA; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in her honor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland on Saturday, February 15 at 1 p.m. Remembrances may be made in her name to Good Cheer, PO Box 144, Langley, WA 98260.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, 2014