Mary Hilda (Alkire) Weaver
1944 - 2019
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Mary Hilda (Alkire) Weaver

March 13, 1944 ~ February 26, 2019

Mary Hilda Weaver died peacefully February 26, 2019 with her family by her bedside. She leaves behind her son Tyler Weaver of Omaha, Nebraska, grandchildren Tayla and Desmond Weaver and brother Robert Alkire of Snohomish, sister Susan Lane of Seattle, nieces Chelene Whiteaker, Kady Bowman and Julie Thompson and nephews Robert C. Alkire, and Joshua Lane. Her parents, Robert and Sigrun Alkire and sisters Roberta Alkire and Judith Page predeceased her.

Mary was born into a Navy family in Norfolk, Virginia in 1944. As WWII ended, the family moved to Seattle to settle in Ballard, close to the family homestead. Mary attended James Monroe Junior High and graduated from Ballard High school in 1962.

She became a flight attendant in 1968 with Hugh's Air West. The airline became Republic Airlines and eventually Northwest Airlines. She flew as a flight attendant for 40 years until her retirement from Northwest Airlines in 2009. She was also a representative for the flight attendants' union.

Mary traveled all over the United States and the world. She flew Northwest's routes to China, Korea and Japan. She explored and learned a about Asian culture and traditions. She was particularly fond of Japan. Osaka and Kyoto were special cities for her. Later she would host Japanese students while they studied at Shoreline Community College.

Mary became interested genealogy and her family's history. A family visit to Iceland in 2000 to see their genealogic records deepened her interest. She traced records on her mother's family in Iceland to the country's earliest history. Likewise, on her father's side she found records of ancestors from this county's early history.

Mary enjoyed gardening and reading. She was a collector. She collected objects from around the world. Her home was filled with treasures. She treasured most her friendships and loved her family above all. She was engaging and charming. She was a beautiful woman with a beautiful smile.

Mary's funeral will be held at

Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church

2400 NW 85th in Ballard, Friday March 22 at 2:00 PM.

Remembrances may be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Mar. 17, 2019.
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March 21, 2019
I began my aviation career with Hughes Air West in 1977 and had the good fortune of getting to know Mary soon after. Mary's warm heart and kind soul were a blessing to those around her. She always seemed to live life to the fullest. To the family I send my deepest condolences. I'm sure you will always cherish fond memories of her.
Don Brosnan
March 21, 2019
My aunt Mary was the last one of three aunts that I once had throughout my life. She and I, like all of her sisters got along well and enjoyed telling stories of those people in our family who were such great influences in our lives. Mary had dyslexia, a condition that kept from attaining a good educational background so she became a stewardess and stayed in that field most of her life. Being a stewardess was her calling and her proffession. Her first flight was from Seattle to Spokane in the 1960s and her last flight was probably to Japan maybe ten years ago.
When my aunt Mary had her first cerebral aneurism, or stroke, about five years ago the severe damage caused should have kept her from ever surviving that event. However, since Mary both had dyslexia and was also left handed the damage caused by the anurism missed the part of her brain that she used for talking although in almost anyone else the ability to speak to the operators at the local hospital as well as the EMTs, to describe symptoms she was having would have been taken away by the damage caused when the stroke occured.
Mary needed assistance after that traumatic event that decreased her ability to use the entire right half of her body (arm, leg, face, etc) and even changed her character a little. Yet, aunt Mary had a good attitude, was always as poised and charming as she could be with everyone, and she always had a great sense of pride, dignity and self-esteem, as did all of her siblings.
I will miss chats with my aunt Mary about the past, abour whatever she happened to be up to, or just hearing tell me about the weather since she had that way of talking to me that all of my aunts did.
Mary Weaver ~ Rest In Peace

Joshua Lane
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