Marian was born and raised in Windom, Minnesota, to Robert and Doris Hunter. She had two sisters, Rosalie and Jeannette; and two brothers, Richard and Raymond. Mom often told stories of about growing up on the farm – the tricks they would play on each other – especially Richard! And, going to Country School.
She loved to laugh and be silly. She was a strong woman of faith.
Marian was a Health Care Provider for many years. In Minnesota, she worked at Woodrest Nursing home, then Bloomington Care Center. When she moved to Washington, she spent many years working at the Weatherly Inn. Mom had a heart for the elderly, and she provided them loving care, always wanting them to know how special and loved they were.
When she was a baby, Mom had rheumatic fever, which damaged her heart. Her whole life, she lived with heart troubles and other chronic illnesses. She battled through countless doctor visits, heart surgeries, kidney disease, bladder surgery and breast cancer. She was a strong fighter.
When she retired due to her health, Mom moved to Life Manor, where she made many friends. She was well known for touring around on her scooter! Mom loved flowers, going on outings, SHOES!, and garage sales. She loved to go to Pt Defiance Gardens; watching the boats at Pt Defiance Marina and most of all, riding her scooter at Pt Ruston – seeing all the people, the bikes, the kids, the music and the dogs.
Mom wanted to be able to continue to live in her apartment and do these activities for her whole life. I’m so thankful she was able to do so.
Marian is survived by her sisters, Jeannette Baker (Steve), Bemidi, Minnesota; Rosalie Rippie Ashton (Allen), Albuquerque, New Mexico; brother, Raymond Hunter (Karla), Kerrville, Texas; Sister in Law, Paula Hunter (Richard), Minnesota. Daughter, Valarie Bethel, Tacoma, Washington; son, Kurt Bethel, Las Vegas, Nevada. Grandchildren, Katie Howard (Calvin), Lakewood, Washington; Jeremy Vallo (Samantha), Gilbert, Arizona; and Great Grandchildren, Howy and Marysa Howard; Cohen Vallo. The Grand-Dogs: Starla, Rhino (aka Wino), Bean and Elphie. And so Many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents, Doris Hunter, Bob Hunter, Gertrude Hunter; Brother, Richard Hunter; Brother in Law, Don Rippie and Great Grandson, Riley.
On Saturdays, mom would love to supply a local Neighborhood Food Pantry with groceries. Please consider doing the same to honor her memory.