MARILYN RAE (NIELSEN) RAGSDALE

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MARILYN RAE RAGSDALE (NIELSEN) Marilyn Rae Ragsdale (Nielsen) Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Easter Sunday April 16, 2017 at the age of 83. Marilyn was 1 of 5 daughters born to Charles Gordon and Mary Leone Nielsen on June 28th, 1933 in Richmond Ca. In 1944 at the age of 11 Marilyn moved to Richland WA. with her family. She graduated as a proud "Bomber" from Columbia High School in 1952. After High school she got a job with G.E. in the Hanford area as a data collector in a critical Lab. Shortly after that she married and traveled the country and the world as a military wife and raised 5 children Shelly, Sheri, Gordy, Mark and Toni. Marilyn returned to her home town Richland WA in 1967 where she continued to raise her young family and worked for several companies and ended her career as a massage therapist at age 72. She was happiest when she was with her family, Children and Grandchildren. She loved to dance, sing, and act and was quite the standup comic. She brought so much joy, love and happiness to everyone she met. Marilyn is survived by her daughters Shelly, Sheri, Toni and her sons Gordy and Mark, 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. Her sisters, Francis Zeuge, Sharon Sturgis and Valerie Lee. Marilyn was preceded in death by her beloved parents and Sister Laurel Fleck. She will be greatly missed by all. Please join us for her "Celebration of life" at The Living Room, located at 1409 S. Garfield St. in Kennewick, WA. On Monday April 24th at 6:00 PM Reception to follow.
Published in Tri-City Herald on Apr. 21, 2017