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Edith Countyman


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Edith Countryman Edith Countryman was born Edith Miriam Allen November 28, 1917 in Wheeler, Indiana and died June 12, 2018 in Lacey, WA of congestive heart failure. She was the 3rd child of Harry L. Allen and Edith Marlatt. Her parents had returned from teaching at Iquique, Chile and her father was attending Garret Biblical Seminary. She moved with her parents for a couple years to Sound Dakota then to Tacoma Washington. She lived with her parents in Cosmopolis, WA, Winlock, WA, Sumner, WA, Pomeroy, WA where she graduated from high school in 1934. She took a year off and moved with her parents to Monroe, WA where she met Kenneth W. Countryman. She attended the College of Puget Sound from 1935 to graduation in 1939. She married Kenneth at her father's church in Redmond, WA. She and Ken went to Custer, WA for his first full time pastorate. Their first married night in Custer mice ran across their bed. Her oldest son, Kenneth, was born in 1941 while they were at Custer. In 1942 they moved to the Chicago area where Ken attended Garret Biblical Seminary, serving the small churches of Maple Park and Elwood, Illinois. Their middle boy, John, was born in 1943 while there. In 1945 they returned to Washington, serving the Nooksack church. Their third son Robert was born in 1947 while at Nooksack. They moved to Oak Harbor for 4 years then to Spokane Valley for 2 years and to Colville, WA for 10 years. They next went to Clarkston for about 4 years, moving to Connell, WA for 3 years, Walla Walla as associate pastor for 3 years and to Monroe for their final years in the full time ministry. After retirement they lived in Everett for several years serving the Index, WA church on a part-time basis. They moved to Georgia for two years to help Robert with three little girls he and his wife had adopted. Returning to Washington they lived at Panorama the remainder of their years. She was preceded in death by her husband in 2009. She is survived by her three sons, Kenneth and his wife Marcia of Slidell, LA, John and his wife Laurie of Yelm, WA, and Robert and his wife Emily of Ranger, GA. She had 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, 7 step great and 9 step great great grandchildren. She loved them all the same. She took an active part in the United Methodist Church serving on committees at the Conference and National levels. Her love of God showed in all that she did. A celebration of her life will be at St. Andrews United Methodist Church 540 School St SE., Lacey, WA on Friday July 13, 2018 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Andrews UM Church or Panorama Benevolent Fund, 1751 Circle Lane SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Published in The Olympian on July 11, 2018
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