January 1, 1929 ~ November 10, 2020
Born in: La Crosse, WI
Resided in: Asheville, NC
Mary Jane Van Auken Folsom, 91, passed away peacefully November 10, 2020 at her residence at Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community surrounded by her compassionate caregivers.
Mary Jane was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin to the late George and Marjorie Jane Leach Van Auken.
She attended the University of Minnesota where she received a B.A. degree in Art. Later in life, she earned a Master’s degree in Art from the College of New Rochelle. The love of her family is what mattered the most. She loved her late husband, Dean Folsom, of 52 years and her 2 daughters, Mary Folsom Milne and Cynthia Folsom Messner.
She is survived by her daughters and their spouses, John Milne and Jeffrey Messner, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Her passions were gardening, tennis, baking, and playing bridge.
Due to Covid-19, the family will be holding a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the North Carolina Arboretum may be given online at ncarboretum.org.