Marilyn Memovich

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Evergreen Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel
1101 NE 112th Avenue
Vancouver, WA

May 31, 1926 ~ February 27, 2011

Marilyn Memovich passed away peacefully Sunday surrounded by family at her home in Vancouver, WA. She was born to William and Mary Burke in Sacramento, CA in 1926. Her family moved frequently when she was growing up; transferring to South Bonneville, OR when she was a teen-ager. While attending Stevenson High School, she met her sweetheart and life-long partner, Steve Memovich. They graduated with the class of '43.
Steve immediately answered his country's call to service. Steve and Marilyn were married June 12, 1944, in Austin, TX, and left the next day for Florida for Steve's final training for active duty as a navigator in the Army Air Corps. While he was overseas, Marilyn lived with her parents who had moved to Portland, OR. Steve and Marilyn were devoted partners, parents and grandparents throughout the rest of their lives.
After the war, they lived in Missoula, MT, where Steve attended law school, finally settling in Vancouver in 1957. Marilyn became an active member of the community, serving in leadership roles with the PTA, Girl Scouts, YWCA, Red Cross, and Junior League at various times while raising their four children. She also participated enthusiastically in the garden club, church choir, fishing and skiing. She was an avid sports fan, rooting passionately for Little League, softball, high school sports, Blazers, and Seahawks, as well as any college team where her kids or grandkids were in attendance. Marilyn loved music and dance. She was a tap dancer as a young girl. In the early fifties she established Marilyn's School of Dance so that her daughters could enjoy a similar opportunity.
Marilyn always loved a good game, and was a formidable bridge player and golfer. She reveled in scoring two hole-in-one's during her amateur career.
She loved a good day on the golf course
or a good hand of bridge, but it was good times
with good friends and family that meant so much to her.
In the early eighties, Marilyn and two of her best friends, Mary Grace and Vera Rivers, operated the Park Hill Stationery Store. They were a hard-working enterprise, but a fun-loving trio.
Over the years Marilyn's family activities and responsibilities slowly evolved to simply enjoying the gatherings of her ever-enlarging family. She loved the happy sounds of little kids running through the house playing hide-and-seek, laughter of older kids playing Canfield at the dining table, and thumps of ping-pong and pool games going on upstairs. Her face was bright with joy whenever the little ones brought her a piece of artwork or sang or danced for her.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Steve Memovich of Vancouver; her three daughters, Terri (Mike) Bull of Longview, Mary (Dick) Thompson of Vancouver, and Laura Wilkinson (Dennis Fitzgerald) of Vancouver; her son, Greg Memovich (Karen Fusco) of Silverdale, WA; and her sister, Patricia Bright of Portland. She had twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Special thanks to the caregivers who provided loving assistance to her for the past several months and supported her and her family in her final days.
A viewing will be held on Sat., March 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with a funeral to follow on Sun., March 6th at 12:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Red Cross or YWCA.
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Published in The Columbian on Mar. 2, 2011
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