Edna Ruth Davis Cailliet died at 4:12 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 in her Tacoma home at the age of 90. A gathering of Edna’s family and friends will occur Oct. 5, 2019, on beautiful Whidbey Island, Wash., where she lived with her beloved husband, Andre Cailliet, for 31 years.
The 2 p.m. graveside service is at Maple Leaf Cemetery, 1961 N.E. 16th Ave., Oak Harbor, Wash., 98277. At 3 p.m. there will be a life celebration at Rustica, 670 S.E. Pioneer Way, no. 102, Oak Harbor WA 98277.
Edna was born June 27, 1928 in Live Oak, Calif., to Florence and Charles Davis, both teachers. She grew up farming with brothers Charles Jr. and Edward Davis. She completed a masters in social work from LaVerne College (now University of LaVerne) in Southern California. She dedicated decades to social work in Oregon and California, retiring in 1979.
Edna married the love of her life, Andre, on March 9, 1968 in San Jose, Calif. They built a long life together: Woodburn, Ore., Milpitas, Merced, and Bakersfield, Calif. The two enjoyed retirement on Whidbey Island in Coupeville, Wash.
Edna tried so hard to improve the world by sharing what she knew would ease others suffering and increase their joy. Edna was a talented master of crochet, knitting and fabric arts. Most became gifts given to family members and friends. She is remembered for her big smile, and her practice of telling stories. She gracefully handled situations that would have ruffled many others’ feathers. Involved in the church from the time she was young, Edna took great joy in singing in church choir, sometimes as a soloist. Her faith was an important dimension to Edna’s life and she was a devout Presbyterian over many decades, teaching Bible Study and supporting church activities. She was a Deacon of Whidbey Presbyterian Church.
Edna and her husband were well-traveled, visiting France, Europe and U.S.
Edna is survived by her brother, Ed (and Lorraine) Davis; her stepchildren, Alan Walker, Marguerite (and Greg) Kester, and Eric (and Kasey) Walker; and her step-grandchildren, Travis and Emily Kester.
Edna is now at peace, joining her loved ones in Heaven.
Tributes in her memory may be made to Heifer International which works to eliminate poverty by donating livestock. 24 hours/day 1-855-948-6437 or https://www.heifer.org/gift-catalog/index.html