MaryAnn Thimmes
1928 - 2019
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July 28, 1928 ˜ May 3, 2019

MaryAnn Thimmes, 90, a resident of Vancouver, WA for over 60 years, passed away on Fri., May 3, 2019. She was born on July 28, 1928 in Liberal, KS to John and Esther Schmatjen. The family moved to Portland, OR in 1937 where she graduated from Grant High School in 1946.
She graduated from Whitworth College and Deaconess Hospital Nursing School in Spokane, WA where she met Gilbert Thiessen. They were married on December 5, 1952. MaryAnn and Gilbert moved to Portland, OR after graduation and then to Vancouver in 1957. They were happily married until Gilbert passed away in 1962.
MaryAnn taught nursing at Clark Community College from 1960 until 1993. During that time MaryAnn earned a Master’s degree in Nursing at the University of Washington.
She married Leonard Martin Thimmes on Sept. 2, 1966.
MaryAnn was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church and Cascade Park Baptist Church, in Vancouver. She was also active in the Washington State Nurses Association and Soroptimist International.
MaryAnn was recognized for her contributions to the nursing profession and her work in assisting to establish the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington in 1998 when she was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame.
She enjoyed traveling and visited many different countries and all 50 States.
MaryAnn is survived by her son, Terry Thimmes (Kathy); daughter, Judi Bailey (Chuck); grandchildren, Geri Kaye Hennessy (Michael), Glenn Thimmes (Sarah), Jason Thimmes, Amanda DeRito (Jim), Carrie Knapp (Michael), Rozie Bracken (Adriel), Ryan Bailey (Cassandra) and Sara Williams (Rob); and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Gilbert Thiessen and Leonard Thimmes; son, Martin Thimmes; and daughter, Kristi Thiessen.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Mon., May 13, 2019 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, 1101 NE 112th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98684. Viewing time from Noon - 9p.m. on Sun., May 12th.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to: Wycliffe Bible Translators or Campus Crusade for Christ
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Published in The Columbian on May 10, 2019.
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May 17, 2019
MaryAnn was a favorite instructor of mine in nursing school 1978 and 1979. Very gracious and patient. Very nice lady.
Jan Cookson
May 13, 2019
Mary Ann and I worked together at Vancouver Memorial Hospital years ago. In those days we only got about every 7th week end off. The Director of Nurses asked me to work in a certain job and said I would get every weekend off as Mary Ann worked because of taking care of her children. That was really great for me! Then when I was Director of Nurses at Memorial and later Nursing Administrator when we merged Southwest I worked with her at Clark College. It was always a pleasure. Oh yes and we were in Soroptimist International in Vancouver together.
Jeanine Bailiff
May 12, 2019
MaryAnn was a sincere, lovely woman who exemplified God's love for others. I met MaryAnn when I went to teach at Clark. She had also graduated from Whitworth College and that tie made us friends. She was dedicated to nursing and to improving the lives of others. All who met her were blessed by spirit.
Melanie Mooney
May 12, 2019
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