Marilyn Louise (West) Ronnestad passed away peacefully at Schneidmiller (Hospice) House in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on June 23, 2021.
She was born in Los Angeles, California, on Sept. 3, 1937, to Merle and Kathleen West.
Merle, Kay, Marilyn and younger sister Frances moved to Lake Stevens, Washington, in 1947, and she graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 1955.
She married Harold Ronnestad and they had three children, Cathy, Rich and Mary.
School activities, music and sports events, family vacations in the mountains and beaches (especially Camano Island), and volunteer work filled her days.
Marilyn earned her RN degree in 1983 and loved her nursing job in the office of pulmonary surgeons.
In 1993, after remarrying to Gene Tipping, she moved to Rice, Washington, where they built a cottage with a view.
There, Marilyn discovered her love of the farm life…..she created an enormous fruit, vegetable and flower garden, raised chickens, and enjoyed the neighbor's horses and goats.
She spent many happy hours freezing, canning and cooking from the garden. She also enjoyed sewing and knitting projects and created lovely tablecloths, place settings, and blankets that she gave as thoughtful gifts.
She left "the farm" in 2003 and moved to Post Falls, Idaho, where she was near her children and granddaughter, Elie.
She was fond of DIY projects and was always on the hunt for old tables, mirrors, and anything else that she could sand, paint and give new life to!
She continued to carefully tend her garden of berries, tomatoes and flowers. She especially loved her English roses.
Marilyn nurtured lifelong friendships the old-fashioned way, with phone calls, cards, and many letters.
She was caring and generous, a gracious hostess who loved to cook and bake delicious meals for her family and friends.
Her last few years were spent at Orchard Ridge Assisted Living in Coeur d'Alene, and the family would like to thank the staff there and at Schneidmiller House for the wonderful care everyone provided.
Marilyn leaves her three children, Cathy (Greg) Gibson, Rich (Shelby) Ronnestad and Mary (Mike Hause) Ronnestad; and her granddaughter Elie Ronnestad.
We will miss her dearly.
A private family ceremony will be held.
Published by The Statesman Examiner from Jul. 13 to Jul. 14, 2021.