Marian Katherine GORDON (09/26/1921 - 08/09/2014)

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GORDON, Marian Katherine 9/26/21 - 8/9/14 Marian Katherine (Wyatt) Gordon died peacefully on the eve of a Super Moon at Hospice House on August 9, 2014 with her family at her side. She was the first born of four children to Frank Marion and Erna Sophia (Steg) Wyatt on September 26, 1921 in Sandpoint, ID. She grew up with her two younger brothers and sister and an extended family of many cousins in Sandpoint where she graduated in the class of 1939. She received her teaching certificate from Lewis and Clark Normal School in Lewiston, ID in 1941. She taught all elementary grades except first, in Kootenai and Worley, ID (1941-1945) as well as St. John, WA between 1945-1948. She married Alvin Gordon in 1948 in Spokane where they made their home and raised five children. She was an involved parent of St. Aloysius grade school, and a Cub Scout as well as Campfire leader. Her home was a base for the neighborhood and later Gonzaga University student friends of her children. She aptly called her kitchen "Grand Central Station." From her German grandmother, Bertha and her mother Erna, she carried on the tradition of graciously "adding another plate to the table" when anyone arrived at meal time. She lived for over 50 years in the shadow of the spires of St. Aloysius Church and was very active in the parish. She was a calm leader of women who could gracefully smooth out any discord and bring a group to consensus. She was president of many organizations such as St. Gerard's Guild, St. Aloysius Altar Society, Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, North Spokane Deanery, Gonzaga Philomathea, Greater Gonzaga Guild, Catholic Daughters, Madonna Group, Morning Star Auxiliary and the Normandie Garden Club. She was the ticket chairperson for many years for the Poor Clare Nuns Tea. She enjoyed bridge as well as golf with the Wandermere Nine Holers . She was gifted with a talent to cultivate and raise multiple varieties of flowers, as evidenced by her beautiful gardens. She opened her home and had a gift of entertaining and hosting many memorable parties that always included live piano or accordion music, into her late 80s. Her famous pecan rolls were treasured by many and were sent on several occasions to her son-in-law, John while stationed with the Army in Korea. She traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, and Puerto Rico. She also saw multiple other states visiting family as well as during her tenure as the Washington state Provincial Director for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. All of her life she was a teacher, displaying patience, curiosity, joy in discovery, a generous spirit, humor, and facilitator of growth of groups of all ages. She was preceded in death by her husband Al (1980), son John (1974), brothers Frank and Walter, as well as her parents. She is survived by her children, Maureen Shogan (Joe) Spokane, WA, Denise Dhane (John) Steilacoom, WA; Mark (Kathy) Omak, WA and Jamie, Spokane, her sister Joanne Whiteaker (Clyde) Oroville, WA, and Tony Davis (Lauri) Lake Sammamish, WA. Grandchildren, John Gordon (Sarah), Beau Dhane, Chris Shogan (Julie), Sarah Dhane, Katie Turner (Shad) and Stephen Shogan, three great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to acknowledge the expertise and kind care of Drs. Mirko Zugec, Stuart Cavalieri and their staff. A Rosary will be held at Hennessey Funeral Home on Friday, August 15th, at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, August 16th, at 7:30pm, at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 330 E. Boone. Interment to be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Monday, August 18th at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made in her name to the John and Alvin Gordon Scholarship - Gonzaga University Development Office 502 E. Boone, Spokane, WA 99258, Morning Star Foundation, P.O. Box 31330, Spokane, WA 99223, The Poor Clare Nuns, 4419 N. Hawthorne, Spokane, WA 99205 or a .

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Published in Spokesman-Review on Aug. 13, 2014
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