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  • "I worked with Ed for several years at Rainier Bank. I..."
    - Connie Smith
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EDSON A. ELLIOTT (1932-2016) Edson Arthur Elliott passed away on April 21, 2016, in Kennewick, of natural causes. He was born on June 7, 1932, to Joel and Ruth (Randle) Elliott, in Everett, Washington, joining sister Mary Lucille. After graduating from Everett High School in 1950, he attended Everett Junior College, followed by active duty service in the Navy during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged, he attended the University of Puget Sound, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Ed graduated in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He began his banking career with National Bank of Commerce, where he worked for the next 33 years, as it became Rainier Bank, and then was acquired by Security Pacific Bank, before he retired in 1990. In 1976, Ed married Marie Abken, a principal in the Kennewick School District, whom he had first met when they were both in his sister's wedding party in 1949. Ed and Marie were very happily married for 32 years, during which time they enjoyed traveling together throughout the United States in their motor home, and internationally. They also loved their vacation homes, first on Whidbey Island, and then on Mill Creek near Walla Walla, where many of their friends socialized with them. Ed was active and generous in charitable and professional organizations throughout his adult life. He was a past president and a member of the Tri-Cities Optimist Club for over 30 years; a past chairman and member of the Tri-Cities Salvation Army Advisory Board; a United Way Board member; a past president of the Tri-Cities Bankers Association; and a past president of the Bankers Administration Institute for southeast Washington. Marie preceded Ed in death in 2009, as did his only sibling, Mary "Lu" Pearson (1997). He is survived by his stepdaughters, Diana Abken (Joel Walters) and Linda Grenz, stepgrandson Ben (Heather ) Maplethorpe, nephew Tom (Julie) Pearson, nieces Jane Pearson and Nancy (Wayne) May, and grandnephews Chris Pearson, Joel (Clara) Crawford, Aaron Crawford and Astolfo Rueda. All of his survivors cherish Ed for his loyalty and dedication to his family and for his quiet strength. Ed will be interred next to his beloved Marie at Desert Lawn Cemetery in a private graveside service.
Published in Tri-City Herald on July 20, 2016