Mernie M. Glass (Hansen) passed away August 7, 2016, joining her beloved husband Floyd (deceased, 2013). Mernie was born on September 23, 1921 to Clarence Hansen and Erie Williams of Whatcom County. Her mother died while Mernie was still a young child and she was subsequently raised on the farm of her grandparents, Charles and Hattie Williams. A farm girl she was not! Upon high school graduation, Mernie, inspired by her Aunt Ruth Johnson, a registered nurse, enrolled in nursing school at St. Luke's Hospital in Bellingham, WA. Her schooling was interrupted when she married Floyd, a member of her Meridian High School graduating class. They were married May 5, 1942 and their bond stayed strong for 72 years of marriage. Their first son, Phillip, was born in 1943 and soon after Floyd was deployed to Europe during World War II. Mernie re-entered nursing school during his deployment and completed her Registered Nurse degree. Upon discharge from the Army, Floyd and Mernie moved to the Seattle area. Dave was born in 1946 and Sid and Steve in 1949. Mernie worked as a registerd nurse her entire career, most notably at Seahurst Medical Clinic. Upon retirement they moved back to Whatcom County and resided at Gooseberry Point for many years. Her final nursing job was as the Whatcom County Jail nurse. Mernie enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, family road trips especially with her cousin Dale and Martha Loomer, and Bible Study. During her working years Mernie and Floyd were members of Lake Burien Presbyterian Church in Burien, Washington. Upon retirement they became active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Bellingham, Washington. Mernie leaves her four sons and daugters-in-laws, Phil (Robin), Dave, Sid (Holly), Steve (Melinda); as well as 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the wonderful care Mernie received from Banchi and Tiru at Becky Adult Family Home during her hospice stay. A memorial service is planned for August 24th, 2016 at Bellingham First Presbyterian Church, 1031 N Garden St. at 2 PM. In Lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the "Deacons Fund" at the First Presbyterian Church, Bellingham, Washington.
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First Presbyterian Church
1031 N Garden St
Bellingham, WA 98225
Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 21, 2016