Wilena Christine Folken, age 87, of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, passed away Friday, April 30, 2021 at Forsyth Medical Center.

Mrs. Folken was born January 14, 1934 in Pawnee City, Nebraska to Ray Robert and Christine Wilhelmina Lauts Turnbull. Wilena was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Wilkesboro, N.C. She was the Sunflower Queen Bowling Champion in 1978 and retired as a registered nurse.

Mrs. Folken was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Lavon Turnbull.

Surviving is her husband, Raymond E. Folken of the home; her children, Douglas R. Folken (Monica) of Tampa, FL, Kimberly A. Folken of Southern Pines, N.C., Julia C. Baird (Shane Hague) of Millers Creek, N.C.; grandchildren, Zachary A. Folken (Jessica) of Lawrence, KS, Nikolas Q. Folken of Kansas City, MO, Jordan H. Folken (Brittany) of Kansas City, MO, Ethan Folken of Greensboro, N.C., William “Dalton” Baird of Wilkesboro, N.C., Kaitlin C. Walsh (Ryan) of North Wilkesboro, N.C., Victoria F. Brown (Blake) of Millers Creek, N.C., Rebecca P. Shumate (Jared) of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Annebelle, Oscar, Iris, Avery, Elowyn, Bailey, Everett, and Oliver; siblings, Belva Hullender (Jim) of Ocean Springs, MS, Irvin Turnbull (Carol Jean) of Knoxville, TN.

Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement in Wilkesboro, N.C. with Rev. Carl Elledge officiating. Burial will follow in Scenic Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Folken will lie in state from 10:30 until 11:00 at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, 243 Oakwoods Road, Wilkesboro, NC 28697. Miller Funeral Service in North Wilkesboro, N.C. is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.millerfuneralservice.com.

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