Marjorie Luella (Reid Piper) Person


July 13, 1924 – Jan. 6, 2010

Marjorie Luella Reid, 85, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at Regency at the Park, 420 SE Myra Road, College Place.

A celebration of her life will be held at her daughter’s home (Carol Ann Martin), at 804 Roosevelt Court, Walla Walla, on this Saturday, January 16 from 2:00-4:00 pm.

A private graveside service for the family and close friends will be held at the Dixie Cemetery, later in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Regional Cancer Center, through the Herring Funeral Home.

Marjorie Reid was born July 13, 1924 in the home on her parent’s homestead on Lewis Peak (above Dixie, Washington), to Ralph Freeman Reid and Iona Hannah Reid. Her father farmed and raised vegetables to sell in Walla Walla. Her mother was a homemaker and worked as a cook during harvest on farms in the area.

Marjorie, her older brother Joe and older sister Ruth, all grew up on the mountain (Lewis Peak). When asked where she was born or where she was from, she always said "Lewis Peak". They all attended the "one room school house" on Lewis Peak and then Dixie High School.

Marjorie Luella Reid, married Lloyd (Bud) E. Piper in 1941 (divorced later), in 1967 she married Sylvan (Pierce) O. Person.

She worked as a cook on farms, until she married Mr. Piper who had recently been drafted into the Army. She followed him to California, Wyoming and Arizona for his training. When he was shipped over seas for World War II, she then moved to Walla Walla. Later she worked at the local canneries and then J. J. Newberry’s. She spent many years working for Smith’s Nursing Home (where she was the head cook and dietitian), retiring from there in 1991.

Marjorie and husband Pierce loved traveling. They especially enjoyed their many trips to the Oregon Coast, Montana and Hawaii visiting daughter Carol and friends as well as Marjorie’s sister Ruth in California. They also loved packing a lunch and heading off for short trips through the back roads of this area.

Marjorie was a wonderful mother and loved raising her family that kept growing in number three, then four, and later a total of nine.

The last few years Marjorie was a resident of Regency at the Park Nursing Home. There she enjoyed new friends, visits from her family, going on rides, writing letters, reading, playing Bingo and watching TV.

Marjorie is survived by a sister Ruth Hill of California; two daughters: Carol Ann Piper-Martin and Michelle Person-Wardlaw; and four sons: William Lloyd Piper, David Ralph Piper, John S. Person, and Patrick Person all of Walla Walla, Washington. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Michael Kevin Martin, Kristi Renee Martin, and Gregory Lloyd Piper, Rena and Dallas Gressel; Rochelle McKay; Vanessa and Cody Person; Parker Postlewait; Jana Comer; and Daniel and Christopher Person. Surviving great-grandchildren include: Tristan Lloyd Piper and Tyler Gregory Piper; Emmett Tyler Aschim; Caden Person; Ashley, Marissa and Tyler Person; Evan and Emma Comer; and Anthony McKay.

Marjorie was preceded in death by a brother Joseph Reid, her husband Sylvan (Pierce) O. Person in 2001, Lloyd E. Piper in 2007, and a son Orville Lee Person in 1985.


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