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Edna "Jean" Folden passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on September 23, 2013, with her family at her side.
Jean was born in Phillips, Wisconsin, on March 6, 1938. At the age of 4, she moved with her mom and stepdad to the Bremerton area, where she graduated from Central Kitsap High School.
On October 6, 1955, she married Henry "Bill" Folden, her soulmate of nearly 58 years.
As a loving wife, sister, daughter and friend to many, she thoroughly enjoyed her role as homemaker and mother of two.
Jean and Bill moved to Port Angeles in 1975 as owners of Crestwood Convalescent Center. It was then that her talents were put to their greatest use, when she started working full time in the kitchen as the food service manager, a position she held for 6½ years.
As busy as this kept her, she still took time to delight others with her baked or canned goodies, and made mountains of divinity and fudge to give away during the holidays.
She was a talented seamstress, enjoyed knitting and crocheting, and learned the difficult arts of tatting and Swedish weave.
When at home, she thoroughly enjoyed the ever-changing view of the harbor activity and any time she could spend on the water fishing. Never a stranger to anyone, she delighted in the time she was able to travel and visit friends and relatives across the United States. Closer to home, she was overjoyed when life blessed her with four granddaughters and, most recently, with two great-grandsons who called her "Grandnana!"
At the age of 21, Jean was diagnosed with polycystic kidneys, news she handled like everything else throughout her life: with grace. Her kidneys failing, Jean started dialysis in June of 1995. Eighteen months later, on Christmas Day of 1996, she received her transplant.
The gift sustained her for 12 years, and each Christmas Day was celebrated with a cupcake to commemorate.
Jean's greatest test was yet to come. In March of 2009, her transplant kidney failed, and dialysis was started again. Medically, she continued life facing major issues as they presented themselves.
Jean never gave in, always trusting God had a plan for her. She endured her physical trials with loving thoughts of visiting and spending more time with her family.
Bravely facing her share of medical problems, Jean's spunk would continue to shine through until the very last, when her body was too worn to continue dialysis. The decision was made to take her home to Port Angeles, where she made her way peacefully into the Lord's arms with family at her side.
She never wavered from her faith and is preceded in death by her father, Albert Kagi, and stepfather, Jack Achttien.
She is survived by her husband, Bill Folden; daughter Debra (Keith) Williams; son Duane (Sara) Folden; granddaughters Nicole (Brent) Eacret, Dana, Heidi and Lucah Folden; great-grandsons Ty and Boden Eacret; mother Irene Achttien; sister Bonita (Paul) Hickok; and godmother Elaine Parks.
Entombment took place at Floral Hills in Lynnwood, Washington, on October 2, 2013.
Remembrances may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Enduring Gifts, 301 East Lopez Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362; or Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County, 540 East Eighth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Oct. 6, 2013
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