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Muriel J. Conway

On October 11, 2012, with family at her side, Muriel J. Olsen Conway exited this life with the same grace and dignity with which she lived it. She was born to Marius and Jennie Olsen in Astoria Oregon on October 7, 1924. When she was six, her family, including her older sister Grace, moved to Seattle, the city Muriel would always call home. She attended Lincoln High School and later worked for the Army Corps of Engineers where she met her future husband, an Army Officer, James Conway, freshly returned from his duty tour in Europe.

She married and moved to Iowa, Jim's home state, where they lived for 6 years and had two children. They returned to Seattle in 1953 much to Muriel's delight. She reveled in being a mother and raising her children; loved cooking and entertaining friends and family. When the children were older, she worked at Frederick & Nelson, then Seattle University and finally at Metro. At Metro, she met the second love of her life, John Wolff, and inherited an extended family in John's daughters, Pam and Julie. She and John spent many joyful years together until his passing in 2011. Muriel was known for her kind and generous spirit, quick wit and humor. She maintained her zest for life and interest in others until the end of her life. She will be remembered for her unconditional love of family, her endearing nature and for being so resilient, rising up again and again beyond all odds to overcome health challenges. She is survived by her son Greg (Barbee Bunker) Conway and daughter Kathleen (John) Maurel, nephews Richard Frederick and Philip (Katy Chaney) Frederick and other great-nephews and their children. The family will hold a private celebration of Muriel's life at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Group Health Foundation, P.O. Box 34015, Seattle, WA 98124.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 21, 2012
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