1925 - 2012
Marion Witt passed away peacefully the afternoon of Aug. 6, 2012, while resting at her Wheatland Village Retirement home in Walla Walla. She was born to Hugo and Julia Illchen in Bismark, N.D., on May 5, 1925.
Marion was the youngest of three children whom all precede her in death.
Marion married Howard Seely in Jamestown, N.D., on Oct. 27, 1943. Together they had three children, Sydney, Zane and Cathy. Later she married her husband, Harry O. Witt, in Portland, on Dec. 30, 1972. Upon this marriage, she gained another son, Warren. At the end of December, they would have celebrated 40 wonderful years together.
Spending most of her adult life in the Tri-Cities, she worked as a medical/dental assistant for the late Dr. Roland Woofter and Dr. Orvil Patchett, until retiring in 1973 to care for her mother. Marion was a strong woman of faith and active member of the Riverview and Village Seventh day Adventist churches. Her love of singing led her to join the religious group “The Impacts” in the 1970s, spreading the gospel with music throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
Three of her four children lived in Hawaii during which time she and Harry enjoyed many vacations to visit her children, grandchildren and of course “the Islands.” She specializing in cooking and baking, and all knew they were in for a treat when they got to eat Marion’s food — especially her pies!
Marion is survived by her husband, Harry Witt; children, Sydney Seely and Darlene Simmons of College Place, Warren Witt (Sharon) of Mililani, Hawaii, Zane Seely of Burien, Wash., and Cathy Kahn (Bill) of Kennewick; niece, Pam Illchen of Jacksonville, Texas; grandchildren, Brooke, Andrew, Bonnie, Paige, Brittany, Zaonna and Zje; and great-grandchild, Hallie. One of her favorite things to say was, “Now listen here!” She was loved and will be missed dearly.
Private graveside burial services were held on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at Columbia Memorial Gardens in Pasco. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Riverview Seventh-day Adventist Church, 605 N. Rd. 36, Pasco, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Association at 315 W. Mission Ave, Suite 20, Spokane WA 99201 or online at www.diabetes.org home page, and then