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Mavis VON Torne

It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden death of Mavis von Torne. Born in Minnesota to Pearl and Orville Briggs, the family moved to Seattle when she was a teenager. She was a proud 1959 graduate of Ballard High School and active in planning class reunions, continuing to connect with classmates over monthly lunches.

Mavis had a long and successful career in insurance, starting at Dawson Insurance. She spent over 20 years with Marsh & McLennan as an Assistant VP in Private Client Services and retired after many years with Parker, Smith & Feek. She was a longtime, active member of Insurance Women's Assoc. of Seattle and was President in 1985/86.

Mavis was an avid Seahawks fan and season ticket holder and loved going to games with her granddaughter, Sabrina. She read the entire sports section of the newspaper and would share player stories and stats, talking about them as if she knew them personally.

She loved to read and do crossword puzzles. Her favorite color was purple and she enjoyed going to local festivals to find the latest purple creation. Her decorations at Halloween and Christmas were epic and Mavis never forgot a birthday - there was always a card. Her camera always on hand, she delighted in taking unflattering photos of her friends' backsides. For many years, she attended shows at the 5th Avenue and recorded hours of Hallmark movies to watch over and over. She knew all of her neighbors and was very active in her neighborhood.

Most of all, Mavis will be remembered for her generosity in opening her home to family and friends. She put hundreds of tabs in magazines to mark new recipes to try out on everyone who visited. She was an avid gardener and many of those recipes included fresh produce from her harvest.

Mavis is survived by her daughter Kim (Aaron), granddaughter Sabrina, sister Jan (Spero), and many cousins in Minnesota. She is preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Karen and Janet.

A celebration of Mavis will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Mavis' name to The Democratic National Committee.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 9, 2018
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