Ferne M. Laedtke

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FERNE M. (BOTTEMILLER) LAEDTKE
February 23, 1932 ~ July 25, 2018

Ferne M. Laedtke, 86, of Camas, WA, passed away July 25, 2018. She was born February 23, 1932 in Oregon City, OR, the 12th and youngest child of Dave and Christina Bottemiller. At age 7, the family moved to Washougal, WA to follow her father who was working at the Pendleton Woolen Mills.
Ferne graduated from Washougal High School and married Lynn Brown in 1950 and moved to the Fisher area in Camas. They had 2 daughters, Lauri and Ruth. The next 18 years were spent helping on the farm and working alongside Lynn at Brown Chevron in Camas.
In 1984, Ferne married Bud Facey and moved to Edmonds, WA. Together they enjoyed traveling, playing cards and loved the time they got to spend with their children and grandchildren. In 2005, they returned to Washougal to live with their daughter Ruth. They rejoined Zion Lutheran Church where Ferne had attended as a small child. In 2007 Bud passed away.
In 2008, Ferne married her longtime friend, Ralph Laedtke. They split their time between Washington and Grays Lake, IL, finally settling back in Washougal again with Ruth.
Ferne spent much of her life volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader, President of the PTA at Mill Plain Elementary school, knitting baby caps and prayer shawls for Zion Lutheran. She was an instrumental part of the quilters group at Zion Lutheran and it was a passion of hers.
The greatest joys in Ferne's life were her family,
her church and her belief in God.
Her love touched so many lives and her graciousness and love were an integral part of her.
Ferne is survived by her daughters, Lauri Koehler (John), Ruth Ladage (Mike), Carol Parkey (Ron) and Cheryl Facey Gribble; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by all her siblings; granddaughter, Madison; step-daughter, Lynne; and 2 husbands.
Services will be Saturday, August 4th, 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Camas, WA.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Zion Lutheran Quilters.
To leave a condolence or sign the online guestbook, please visit www.straubsfuneralhome.com
and www.columbian.com/obits.

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Published in The Columbian on July 29, 2018