Marlene J. Ediger - February 02, 2012Marlene Jennifer Ediger, 58, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.
She gave her eyes and tissue to the Sight and Life Foundation before cremation. Her ashes will be interred at the Aurora Cemetery after a memorial service in Norfolk, pending at a later date.
She was born Jan. 4, 1954 to Cliff and Betty Ediger.
She was baptized and confirmed in Aurora E.U.B. church in 1958 where she was active with youth groups. She competed in lots of horse shows and 4H, band and cooking. She graduated in 1972 from Aurora High and attended Patricia Stevens Business school in Omaha. After graduation, she moved to Steamboat Springs and opened up two music stores. In 1982, she moved to Kansas City, Mo., and attended Johnson County Culinary College and became a certified chef.
Her life long passion was cooking and baking for others. She took chef positions on cruise ships in Tahiti, fishing and crab boats in Alaska, until she finally got her captains license and worked as crew on a variety of large ships, the last, an oil exploration with B.P. in the gulf. She took her own ship and barge with supplies up to Prudoe Bay and Point Barrow, Ala.
She had many exciting adventures and it was always fun to be with her.
She was always generous and giving and her last ultimate gift of sight and life for others denotes her Christian love for others.
She is survived by her parents, Cliff and Betty Ediger of Norfolk, brother, Mark (Merrilee)Ediger of Aurora, Ill.; sister, Janaree Nore of Lincoln; grandchildren Kathryn Nore of Lincoln, Myer (Arhia)Nore of Boston, David (fiance Michelle) Ediger of Atlanta Ga.; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends and a special friend Gary Davis of Seattle, Wash.
She was preceded in death by grandparents Charlie and Lillian Bickford, P.B. and Marie Ediger; cousin Karen Ediger and uncles Leland Ediger, Milford Ediger and J.D. Bickford.
She wants her epitaph to say “If it isn’t chocolate, it needs more garlic.”