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Marjory Faye Rowley


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Marjory Faye Rowley

Marjory Faye Rowley, 96, of Redmond, WA passed away peacefully on April 13, 2018. She was born January 22, 1922 to Halfred and Lavinia White in Yakima, WA. The oldest of 4,

she grew up on her family's orchard and attended Parker Heights Elementary and Wapato High School. She attended Central Washington University, graduating in 1943 with a degree in Education. That same year, she married US Naval Ensign Lloyd "Stub" Rowley of Marysville, WA. Though his career took them to many places, they settled in Ellensburg, WA where, for 16 years, Marjory was a school teacher and Stub was head football coach at Ellensburg High School. In 1970, the Rowleys moved to Randall, WA and, around this time, Marjory started her own dried flower arrangement business, "Margie's Weeds".

Throughout her life, Marjory was an avid gardener, pet lover, writer, volunteer, and environmentalist, who took up several causes. She was very actively involved on committees to beautify Ellensburg through planting trees and landscaping in business areas, adding litterbins throughout the city, and limiting the widespread use of billboards. In recognition of her achievements she received the Governor's Personal Beautification Award from Governor Dan Evans. She later volunteered for the Washington State Department of Transportation to promote roadside plantings and as a volunteer at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens assisted in developing the native plant gardens. She is also remembered for her generosity, allowing friends and family to stay in her condominium in Hawaii, as well as the cabin at Warm Beach, WA.

In 1993, the Rowleys moved to Emerald Heights Retirement Community, where Marjory remained very active in social clubs, including The Red Hat Society as well as various garden and golf clubs until she suffered a stroke in 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd and sister Jacqueline Van de Vord. She is survived by her sisters Carole (Virgil) Sheppard, Lois Sidie Brown and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A service was held for Marjory at Emerald Heights in May.

A special thanks to Emerald Heights Retirement Community for the outstanding care given to Marjory over the 25 years that she lived there.
Published in The Seattle Times from Aug. 9 to Aug. 10, 2018
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