Marilyn Hope Edson, age 85, a resident of Burlington, passed away peacefully with her entire family by her side on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at St. Joseph Medical Center as a result of complications following a cardiac bypass. She was born on March 2, 1927 to John and Ruth (Thompson) Kellogg in Amelia, Nebraska.
After receiving her nursing degree in 1959, she worked for 30 years as a LPN at Burlington Memorial, Northern State Hospital and Portal. After retiring she was an owner of a pilot car business until she was forced into early retirement against her will, a year ago, at the age of 84 by her bossy sons.
She enjoyed gardening, baking and was well known for canning her famous sauerkraut, but her true love was spending time with her friends and family. Marilyn was a past madam president of the Burlington Eagles #3242.
Marilyn and her husband were well known for welcoming their children’s friends and making their home a second home for them. They never turned their back on a young person no matter their troubles; you were always welcomed with a warm meal and a safe place to stay. In 1970, after their own children left home they became foster parents to many children. They have encouraged and helped young children by giving them the confidence to better themselves.
Marilyn is survived by her sons, David Edson and his wife, Joan of Burlington, Stanley Edson and his wife, Deanna of Sedro-Woolley and Steven Edson of Burlington; grandchildren, Micheal Edson and his wife Kaley of Sedro-Woolley, Leslie Watts and her husband Rodney of Sedro-Woolley, Amy Lee and her husband Jason of Burlington, Craig Edson and his wife Alisa of Sedro-Woolley, Justin Edson and his wife Stephanie of Sedro-Woolley and Darcy Engler and her husband Ben of Sedro-Woolley; 12 great-grandchildren and a baby bun in the oven; her brother-in-law, Ron Edson &his wife, Velma of Seattle, her sister in law, Nelda Ruth Edson of Mount Vernon and her cat Corky.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Roscoe Edson; and son, Dennis Edson. She was also preceded in death by her partner in crime and best friend, Betty Bussing.
The family would like to especially thank the ICU staff at St. Josephs and the physicians at North Cascade Cardiology for their wonderful & compassionate care given.
Memorial Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley, with Pastor Jim Cannon officiating. A celebration of her life will follow at the Sedro Woolley Eagles. Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association. Arrangements are under the care of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley. Share your memories of Marilyn and sign the on-line guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.