Sept. 8, 1924 — Jan. 30, 2018
Mary Helen (Carapina) Edwards, 93, passed away Jan. 30, 2018, in Yakima, Wash.
She was born at home in Aberdeen, Wash., on Sept. 8, 1924, one of two daughters of Matilda and Charles Stanko Carapina. Mary grew up in Aberdeen with friends and relatives, many, Croatian immigrants like her parents.
She married, settled in Longview, later raising her children single-handedly. She held to the tradition of taking her children “home” every Christmas to share traditional foods, stories, and gifts with family and friends, until her parents both passed away.
Mary attended Longview Business College. She retired from Weyerhaeuser in Longview after 25-plus years of service. She held many positions there, most recently as front receptionist and PBX operator. For many years following retirement, she enjoyed regular lunch gatherings with her former coworker-friends.
She served on the association board of her condominium, where she was delighted to live for 30 years. Mary followed the news avidly, also enjoying shopping, good food, and movies. She was a long-time member of St. Rose Catholic Church.
Mary lived her last five years in Yakima, near her daughter and family. She continued to follow current events and converse with those around her, despite physical infirmities.
She is survived by a son, David S. Edwards; a daughter, Denise A. Edwards; three granddaughters, Maria, Meghan, and Oksana; and a grandson, Izavien.
A memorial service was held at Brookside Funeral Home in Yakima. Mary was laid to rest at Fernhill Cemetery in Aberdeen next to her parents and her sister, Ann.
Condolences and memories may be sent to brooksidefhc.com.