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.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. My husband and I were First Presbyterian deacons at Deerfield for 6 years. We loved visiting Jane and listening to her stories. She was always smiling, and so appreciative of our contacts with her. Such a lovely person, and talented artist.
    May be peace of Christ be with her family.
    Debbie and George Duncan


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