Marijke J. Van Fleet Silvent, 40, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Leesburg, Va., after battling breast cancer for more than a year.
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Marijke's passions were motherhood, music, animals, the outdoors, and cherished time spent with family anf friends. With camera in hand, she taught us to take one day at a time and truly savor the moment.
She was born to David and Ella Webb Van Fleet in the state of Ohio. She grew up with her brother, Dirk, and parents in College Station, Texas, where she attended elementary, middle, junior high and consolidated high schools. While in high school, the family relocated to Arizona. There, Marijke earned degrees in biology and broadcast communications from Northern Arizona University.
Her early career positions were as a reporter-journalist and television news anchor. Later, she worked in organ donation at Donate Life of Arizona, and finally as a public information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and the Scottsdale Unified School District.
She met and then married Edward F. Silvent, originally of West Wyoming, on Oct. 24, 2008. The Wedding Mass was celebrated by Deacon Phil LoCascio at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, Carefree, Ariz. Their marriage was blessed with two sons, Edison (3) and Cajetan (1). Marijke believed that her greatest accomplishment was her children.
In 2012, the family moved to Leesburg, Va., for a new job opportunity for Mr. Silvent at Orbital Sciences Corp., Dulles, Va. Marijke was active in various community organizations and in her Parish of St. John the Apostle, Leesburg, Va.
In addition to her loving husband and two sons, she is survived by her two parents who live in Scottsdale, Ariz.; her brother, Dirk, Burbank, Calif.; and her 105-year old grandmother, Flonnie Webb-Stephens, Tennessee.
Services were held at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Leesburg, Va. Burial followed in St. John Cemetery thereat.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Mar. 15, 2014