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Audre Lyn Gilden January 26, 1931 - April 20,2024

Dearly Loved And Dearly Missed!

Audre Lyn Gilden passed away on April 20,2024. She was born on Jan 26, 1931 to her parents Carl and Arlene Blackwell in Anacortes. At a young age she moved with her parents to Ballard, Washington.  Audre did her schooling in Ballard and Anacortes, Washington.

After her sister Gail was born in 1944, she eventually moved back to Anacortes and then she met her husband Elmer and on Sept 3, 1949 they were married. They were married almost 70 years as Elmer passed away in 2019.

They made their home in Anacortes and raised their three children, Claudia, Garth and Gene. Audre spent her years as a devoted loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great grandmother. She was very active in and around their home raising their children. She enjoyed tending her flowers, gardening, canning, going to the beach, agate beach combing and many numerous family and friend gatherings.

Over the years she loved to watch her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren play sports especially baseball and would be at most every game to cheer them on. She loved to watch all the kids play any type of sports.

She traveled to Hawaii, Ocean Shores, Lake Chelan and Wapato! She loved and cherished these times away with her mom, her sister Gail and brother-in-law Don. She spent many weeks at the Lopez Island house enjoying family time, clamming, beach walking and many sunsets. She dearly loved her furry four-legged kids as well as all the families’ furry kids.  

Elmer and Audre traveled to Tennessee with a group of very good friends and enjoyed visiting the many historical attractions, food, entertainment and the companionship. This was a special time in her life to be with Elmer and their friends.

She was very active in Beta Sigma Phi’s many activities, which lead to many dear lifelong friends. You all know who you are!! She also loved to swim and was very active in water aerobics.

She was known to her mother as her ‘lil buddy’, as she would take her mom shopping and out for coffee. These were very cherished times.

Audre had a very loving, strong, sassy stance in life and she will be dearly missed. She was super proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She so loved the family get togethers.

She leaves behind her sons Garth (Tami) and Gene (Diana) Gilden of Anacortes. She was a grandmother to eight grandchildren Trisha (Jeff), Dustin (Sara), Brandon, Joseph (Joanna)Gilden. Jessica, Jeremy, Jason and Jennifer Huffman; 18 Great Grandchildren include Eamon, Lincoln, Phoenix, Tessa, Taya, Kash, Kinley and Knox Gilden; Taylor Wortner, Nicholas, Brody, Rylee, Jackson, Janelle, Patrick Huffman and Paige. Bryce and Grayson Randall and eight Great-Great Grandchildren; her sister Gail Barrett of Camano Island and nephew John (Susan) Field of Mount Vernon, Wash.

Audre was preceded in death by her parents Carl and Arlene, her husband Elmer, her daughter Claudia and a great grandson Andrew.

A private family service will be held in May and a Celebration of Life will be held in Sept at Seafarers Memorial Park in Anacortes for family and friends.

Details of which will be published at her memorial site when they  become available: www.evanschapel.com/obituary/audre-gilden or you may reach out to any of the family members, as well.  In lieu of flowers please donate to your favorite charity.