Charlene Gillette Folker of South Jordan, Utah, died peacefully surrounded by family July 30, 2021, at the age of 77. Born and raised in Tooele, Utah, Char developed a love of all things western, including her passion for horses. She became an accomplished horseback rider and retained a Western flair that lasted throughout her lifetime.
To know Char was to love her. She had a big heart and loved everyone. She held a special place in her heart for animals. She also enjoyed the outdoors, golfing and traveling with her husband and children throughout the US and Europe.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and went on to work for the private sector and federal government enjoying a long and rewarding career. As Char and her husband’s careers progressed, they had the good fortune to live and work in several states including Idaho, Washington, Ohio, and Tennessee.
In 2003, the couple retired and returned to their roots in Utah. They lived in a beautiful home in South Jordan where you would often find them enjoying quality time on their front porch. She remained in her beloved home until her passing.
She is survived by her husband Bob and her five beautiful children Christy, Jason (Michele), Sheri (Layne), Camie (Geri), Michael (Kim); as well as nine grandchildren. She is also survived by her brothers Scott (Janet) and Jeff (Pat).
It was Char’s final wish for family and friends to celebrate her life rather than hold a traditional funeral and graveside services. Further life celebration details will be disseminated at a later date. Upon her husband’s passing they will be interned together at a chosen site.
Charlene and her family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to all the caregivers and hospice team who loved her and devoted their time to making her final days peaceful where she could remain in her home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations be made in her name to the ASPCA or American Cancer Society.
For those fortunate enough to have known Char, our lives will be forever enriched.