Marjorie Stone Shifflette|
The force of nature otherwise known as Marjorie Orlou Stone Shifflette, passed away peacefully on January 19, 2013, one week short of her 94th birthday. Most thought she would make it to her birthday since she was not one to miss a party, but she apparently decided otherwise.
Marjorie was born in West Seattle to Clarence and Hermina Horejs Stone on January 25, 1919. She grew up on Queen Anne Hill, graduating from Queen Anne High School and the University of Washington. At the UW, she joined the Sigma Kappa sorority. Many happy times were spent in a rowboat on Puget Sound at the family's summer house on Vashon Island, Stoneshore.
In June, 1941, she married William Marshall Shifflette, a handsome young Naval Academy graduate from Texas, in Honolulu. The newlyweds lived in Honolulu, while William's ship, the USS Montgomery, was assigned to Pearl Harbor. On December 7, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, her husband's ship survived and escaped, but Marjorie slept through the entire attack.
Throughout WWII and beyond, Marjorie was resilient. Two sons were born. She grew into the ideal Naval Officer's wife as she raised her family, helped Bill's career, and her husband rose in rank to Captain. The family moved frequently: to New York, Charleston, Norfolk, Maryland, Hawaii, Mare Island, and ultimately, Paris, where William was attached to NATO and their last child, a daughter, was born.
In 1956, the marriage ended and Marjorie returned to Seattle with her three children to be closer to her parents. The family settled ultimately in Blue Ridge, where she ceased her nomadic life and lived the next 55 years in the same house.
Marjorie returned to the UW to obtain her teaching credentials, and tackled her next career as a high school English teacher with aplomb. She spent 20+ years with the Seattle School district teaching students good grammar, the finer points of Shakespeare, and other literature at Nathan Hale, Ingraham, and other schools.
Throughout, she supported her three children in all they did, loved them unconditionally as they grew up, got educated, got married, and made families of their own. She lavished love and gifts on her family, and every Christmas was an extravaganza to be remembered.
Marjorie was a firecracker. She was always deeply curious, adventurous, independent, spunky, stylish, elegant, and had a wicked sense of humor. She was often opinionated and sometimes outspoken. She told marvelous stories. She treasured her friendships, and had friends of all ages. Her lifelong interests were travel, tennis, golf, bridge, and music. For her 80th birthday, she gave a classical piano concert in Benaroya Hall, attended by friends and family.
In recent years, she has been cared for at home by loving caregivers from Andelcare, including Lisa and Amy, to whom the family is grateful.
Marjorie is survived by her children, David Shifflette (Sonia), Mark Shifflette (Karen Homitz), and Laura Shifflette (Michael Passage); grandchildren Aimee Schermer (Jim), Pamela Sandblom (Victor), Heidi Schultz (Peter), John Shifflette (Karin), Peter Shifflette; Elena Shifflette (Laurent Gaudry), Luke Shifflette, Alyssa Royse, Bronwyn Holman (Justin); Dana Passage; great-grandchildren Natalie & Jimmy Schermer, Andrew Shifflette, Hans & Juliet Schultz, Marco & Mateo Shifflette, Celia Huddart, Zoe, James & Sarah Holman.
A celebration of Marjorie's life is planned for February 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm at the Seattle Yacht Club.
Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 3, 2013