1936 - 2012
Marilyn, also known as Ma to her family and friends, was born March 23, 1936 in Tacoma, Washington, to Theodore G. and Grace Smith Love. She attended John R. Rodgers grade school in Tacoma and after moving to Lynwood, she graduated from Jane Adams Junior High School and in 1954 from Lincoln High School in Seattle. In school she was very active in drama and dance. Marilyn attended the University of Washington for two years majoring in Physical Education. She met her future husband Dick Neher while he was stationed at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and it was love at first site. They were married on August 6, 1957, moving to Walla Walla where she has lived for the past 56 years.
Marilyn was a stay at home mom when her two sons were young. When the boys entered the upper grades at Prospect Point, she went to work teaching ice skating at the YWCA Ice Arena for a number of years. Because of her dancing skills, she worked diligently to produce a number of ice skating shows at the Arena. She also worked at Dayl Graves, Inc., as a parts clerk and secretary for seven years. Upon retirement from the auto industry, she worked for her son and daughter’s Clay In Motion pottery business for 15 years.
Words that best describe Marilyn are industrious, passionate, capable and determined to do the best she could do in anything she attempted. Cooking was a passion resulting in many family dinners often with crazy hats. A trip to the Neher compound would also result in the handling and loving of the many dogs, cats and animals that were a passion for Marilyn.
She loved to camp, fish and RV as indicated by her active participation and numerous leadership roles in the Elks 287 Wheelers and the Many Waters RV group. Marilyn was also very involved in the local Republican party spending countless hours throughout the years in manning the fair booth and the headquarters office during election times until ill health required her to discontinue this activity. In 1994 she was selected and the Female Volunteer of the Year by the Republican Central Committee.
Marilyn is survived by her husband Dick of 56 years and sons Mike (Karen) and Bob (Corina). She has five grandsons; Jacob (Aleta), Jordan (Alicia), Derek (Sarah), Stuart (Brittany) and Jeff (Kristen). There are also three great grandchildren, Aidan, Zoe Rose and Bobby Ro.
Marilyn was loved by all and though the curtain has fallen on a wonderful lady, the many, many lives she touched will be better folks for having had the experience of knowing and working with Marilyn.
A family graveside will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012, at Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. A celebration of life reception will be held at Jacobi’s on Friday, November 2, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Blue Mountain Humane Society or a charity of the donors choice through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.