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Marion passed peacefully last Friday morning. She is survived by husband of 71 years, Allen; daughters, Cheri Lahue, Susan Phares and Karen Lusby and their spouses; seven grand-children, seven great-grand-children and two great-great- grandchildren; sister, Rose Besaw; and many nieces and nephews.
Marion Christine Giles
Sept. 10, 1923-Feb. 15, 2013
Marion was Northwest born and raised but after graduating from business high school at age 16, the urge to travel took her to California. WWII was a call for all patriots and Marion enlisted in as a SPAR in the Coast Guard, traveling the western states as a recruiter. Such a small world! Marion and Allen met in San Francisco just before the war and discovered they were raised not 20 miles from each other in Oregon. Married on a 48 hour pass, Allen shipped off to the African and Italian campaigns and Marion kept the home fires going - a scene oft repeated in their marriage due to Allen's military (USAF) career. They built a family while stationed throughout the US and even in Japan where their youngest was born.
Marion worked as a government secretary when family and postings allowed. Her skills on the typewriter were phenomenal, clocking at 120 wpm with no errors. She held various secretarial jobs over the years but always said her first love and duty was to her family.
Upon Allen's retirement, they moved to Snohomish. Marion created a wonderful home then looked where she could be of service in the community. She was an active member in Busy Bees Quilters, Snohomish Cnty Ext Homemakers, and East Cnty Senior Center Quilters. She volunteered for voter registration and worked election days. She shared her love of arts and crafts with anyone who wanted to learn, demonstrated at the Evergreen State Fair and was a beloved Cub Scout pack grandmother. Retirement for Marion meant more time for her many hobbies. She was an avid gardener who loved iris. Marion was a marvelous seamstress, making everything from clothes to costumes, lampshades to quilts. She could fix any sewing machine and often repaired machines for senior citizens.
Marion will be missed but her legacy of love and service, plus our memories, will sustain us until we meet again. In recognition of her military service, Marion will be buried at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA on Friday, February 22, 213 at 2:00 p.m.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, 2013