Mariann Shinoskie RN, CNM, JD

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Mariann Shinoskie RN, CNM, JD, age 62, died peacefully in her home in Tucson, Arizona on Tuesday December 11, 2012. Mariann is survived by her devoted partner, David Levin; her mother, RoseMarie (Columbus, Ohio); her four siblings, John (wife Jeanne, Caldwell, Idaho), Mike (wife Ellen, Groveport, Ohio), Ron (wife Rosie, Groveport, Ohio) and Janet Dawson (husband Rich, Granville, Ohio); plus 12 nieces and nephews and seven grand-nieces and nephews. Her three nieces, Kyle, Morgan and Delaney, whom she helped bring into the world, held a special place in her heart. Mariann is preceded in death by her father in 2003, and her grandparents. Mariann was born on June 6, 1950 to RoseMarie and John "Jack" Shinoskie in Bremerhaven, Germany. In 1971 Mariann graduated from St Elizabeth Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, and worked for several years as a Registered Nurse on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona. In 1978 she received her Master Degree in Nursing with a specialty in nurse-midwifery from the University of Utah, and soon was hired by El Rio Health Center to create Tucson's first nurse-midwifery service. In 1982 Mariann co-founded Arizona's first freestanding birth center. Thirty years later, this same birth center, Birth and Women's Health Center in Tucson, has served over 10,000 women in their pregnancies and is a nationally known model of innovative maternity care. Mariann is remembered lovingly by many hundreds of women whose babies she ushered into the world By 1991 Mariann was the student choice commencement speaker at the University of Arizona's College of Law where she received her J.D., and delighted the audience with her keen sense of humor. Subsequently she practiced law at Chandler, Tuller, Udall and Redhair, and later at the University of Arizona Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing. She continued her dedication to women's health by serving as the attorney on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Childbearing Centers. Mariann's remarkable wit, intelligence, competency and compassion served her well in her career choices of midwifery and the law, and in her deep friendships. She will long be remembered for her ability to articulate (and argue) her point of view, and to laugh at herself and the absurdities of life. In addition to a rich professional life, she loved movies, the NBA, politics, music, fishing in Kino Bay Mexico, and her homemade chocolate chip cookies. Mariann faced her diagnosis of Alzheimer's with grace, strength, and yes even humor. A special thanks to the "inner circle" of friends who joined her and David in negotiating the difficult journey through the final years of her life: Liz, Eileen, Boo, Kathryn and Simon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her honor to The at www.alz.org, or Birth and Women's Health Center at www.elriofoundation.org. Per her request, a Celebration of her life will take place sometime in early 2013. Mariann, your presence made our lives richer; you will be missed. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL.

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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Dec. 16, 2012
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