May 2, 2018 —n Laura Marie Fredericksen-Akers-Sidebothom, 93, passed away of natural causes April 7, 2018.
Laura was born June 11, 1924, a third generation native of Florence, Ore. Her parents, Dagmar and Jens Fredericksen, along with Laura’s grandparents (the Thorpes), homesteaded on the Siuslaw River.
She loved to tell how she traveled to school by mail boat also that Laurence Jensen drove the boat and delivered the mail.
Laura worked on her parents’ dairy farm and picked daffodils in her parents’ field to be shipped out at midnight from Acme, (Cushman) train station. She worked at the cheese factory, the box factory on Booth Island, the Florence Hotel and a dress shop on Bay Street.
Later, Laura became a homemaker and loving mother to her children and many of their friends. She was known to feed “the masses,” always having a meal ready for anyone dropping by.
Laura loved clam digging, crabbing, gardening and canning, playing pinochle and liked to pass on her skills on to anyone who would listen. She was loved and admired by all who knew her.
She is proceeded in death by two sons: Freddie Darwin and Gerald (Jerry) Dale Akers; two husbands: Truman Lawrence Akers and Clifford Sidebothom; and nine brothers and sisters and the spouses: Lars Fredericksen (Clara), Nels (Ruth), Carl Fredericksen (Betty), Gerald Fredericksen, Fred Fredericksen, Edna Sherman, Dorothy Buss-Robinson (Art), Sena Rose-Britton (Kenny), Ruby Lalich (Henry).
Laura is survived by her children: Maria Jean Akers Kekua Eaton, Gregory John Akers, Sally Ann Akers; her stepchildren: Roberta (Bobbi) Girard Gamble (Jerry deceased), Donald Akers (Sharon); her grandchildren: Brandi Kekua-Ellison (Michael), Gerald Joseph Akers, Cody Samuel Akers, Alana Girard Ekrem, Peggy Girard Boggs, Julie Akers Toney, Jeff Akers; a great-grandchild, Kai Kekua Ellison; and many more nephews and nieces.
We are all privileged and honored to have learned about life and love from one of God’s most caring people he put on this Earth. Thank You mother, grandmother, wife, aunt and friend for the time you gave each and every one of us.
We will love you into eternity.