1936 - 2012
Marlene Sweeney, 76, of Milton-Freewater, passed away Sept. 15, 2012, at her home. Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. at the First Christian Church, 518 S. Main St. in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services and interment will follow in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the First Christian Church through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Visitation hours will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Marlene was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Brawley, Calif. She was the daughter of Walter and Edna Harper Widmann. She graduated from Mac-Hi in 1954 and then attended Washington State University in Pullman.
On Nov. 7, 1958, in California she married Bill Sweeney. The couple had three children. They lived many years in Antelope Valley, Calif., before moving back to Milton-Freewater in 1972.
While Marlene’s most important jobs were wife, mother and homemaker, she also spent time as a school secretary, bookkeeper/accountant and assistant office manager at the Walla Walla Airport as well as working at the bookstores at both Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College, and one of her favorite jobs was as a florist.
She had a gift for crafting (crochet, sewing, beading, etc.). Family and friends who were blessed enough to receive the beautiful gifts made by Marlene will always treasure them. Gardening was also a favorite pastime and she was well known for her beautiful roses and garden.
Marlene grew up working at the family restaurant, the Kountry Kitchen, which was the first business on the new Milton-Freewater Highway. It was there that she learned her amazing skills in cooking which blessed her family and friends over the years. She was an active member of the First Christian Church and served as a deaconess.
She is survived by her husband at the home; daughter, Kathi Morgan of Spokane; two sons, Chuck Sweeney of Austin, Texas, and David Sweeney of Shoreline, Wash.; granddaughters, Blythe Cates of Austin, Texas, Erin Sweeney of Denver, Colo., and Keira Sweeney of Shoreline; siblings, Dick Widmann, Darrell Widmann, George Widmann and Judy Tingle; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.