Dorothy “Charlene” Fykerud passed away February 27, 2019 in Tumwater, Washington. For 50 years, she lived in the same house she and her husband, Carl, built in Raymond, Washington.
Charlene was born February 14, 1931 to Robert Ward Givens and Lillie Belle Givens in Union County, Illinois. She graduated from Raymond High School in 1949, and took business courses at Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington (1949 – 1950). She married Carl Mikael Fykerud Sr. on December 28, 1950 in Pocohontas, Arkansas.
Charlene retired as a secretary at Raymond High School after working there 30 years. She was a member of the Baptist church in South Bend, Washington.
She was very faith- and family-oriented. In her earlier years, she looked forward to traveling to Illinois to see her parents and other relatives. She loved cooking and baking, tending to her flowers and landscaping, caring for her pets, fishing, and playing board games and puzzles.
Charlene is survived by her sons, Carl Mikael Fykerud Jr. (wife, Yvonne) of Raymond, and Neil Eugene Fykerud (wife, Bobbie) of Vancouver, Washington; daughter, Lillie Elaine Penrod (husband, Bill Malmin) of Rochester, Washington; grandchildren, Kris, Jennifer, and Janell; great grandchildren, Taylor, Madison, Jonathon, Levi, Alison, Colton, and Sidney; great-great grandson, Braden; sisters-in-law, Sallie Givens of South Bend, and Charlotte Fykerud of Redmond, Washington; nieces and nephews, Jim Etherton, Bob Etherton, Tim Givens, Jeri Neely, Henry Givens, Monte Givens, Melody Poe, Eric Fykerud, and Kurt Fykerud.
She was predeceased by her husband Carl Fykerud (died September 22, 2013); parents; brothers, Jay Givens, Robert Emeral Givens, Jim Givens, Charles Givens (in infancy); sister, Mickey Givens; nieces, Karen Faul, and Barbara O’Hara; and nephew, Terry Givens.
Special thanks to Hawthorne Place Adult Family Home, Providence Hospice, and Julie Calderon, ARNP.
At Charlene’s request, there will be no service.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, by phone 800-272-3900, or online at https://www.alz.org.