My mother wanted me to be brief on this part of the assignment. If you knew my “Mudder” you knew she loved to be the Queen Bee, and was truly a force of nature.
Some of her songs, quotable quotes and one-liners included:
“To thine own self be true.” Shakespeare
Accent the positive, eliminate the negative, latch onto the affirmative and don’t mess with Mr. In-Between! Sung to the tune of Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers. She loved Voltaire’s wisdom “The pursuit of pleasure must be the goal of every rational person.” And of course Coco Chanel’s understanding, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”
So what were her SUPER POWERS? She was a good sport, flexible and a straight arrow.
What did she believe was her greatest asset? Patience...patience can be a bitter seed, but it yields rrrrrrrrich fruits!
When asked what she attributes her longevity too, she easily shares: Good genes, red wine, dark chocolate, being with the ones you love, great friends and having FUN!
Marion was born April 29, 1918, in Denver Colorado to Marion Elizabeth and Donald Twiss. The Spanish flu, one of the deadliest influenza pandemics was raging. Marion’s father was a pharmacist and her grandpa Dr. Noble Macomber had to deal with this deadly health issue that did not have a vaccine to come to the rescue. The Spanish flue had to burn itself out, but not before killing between 50 and 100million people world wide.
Marion’s mother had been plagued with a serious heart condition and died at 42, leaving her at age 13, and her older brother Stanley Craig, 17, in the midst of the Great Depression. Her father, remarried within 6 months believing Marion needed a mother. Her brother enlisted in the army.
Marion rarely discussed her heartbreaking youth. She chose to make the best life for herself. She graduated from North Denver High School and enrolled in the University of Denver. She excelled at writing, sports, dancing and all the social skills around college life. She loved her life and wanted to find her perfect soul mate.
She met Mr. Perfect, always calling him the Big Man on Campus! Walter Pershing Blake, a 3 sport letterman, all years, smart, 6 ft 2”, eyes of blue, great dancer and a veterinarian student at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. She transferred to CSU so they could be close. They married May 27, 1941, at half past 4, the day after he graduated. She always referred to their perfect relationship of 55yrs.
Marion and Persh joined his fathers veterinarian practice in Greeley, Colorado just after they were married. They had a short assignment at the University of Missouri where Persh was a professor of medicine and surgery. They started their family and had three beautiful girls.
They wanted to be in a warmer climate and moved to Phoenix Arizona in 1954. Marion raised her three girls while developing her championship golf game and masters quality bridge game.
In 1963, the Blake’s moved back to Greeley, Colorado to take over his fathers practice. Marion took on a whole new role in the family. She cared for the kids, managed the household and became a surgical assistant and office manager for the solo practice.
In 1975 they retired and moved to one of their beloved areas, Estes Park, Colorado. From their little cabin they could look down into the village and see where they used to meet and date during the summers, Trout Haven.
In the 80’s they were drawn back to the warmth of the sunshine, Phoenix and Scottsdale. More deserved time with Mr. Perfect dancing, swimming, golf and bridge along with the delight of their three daughters and 4 Grandchildren.
More hardship came into Marions life in 1996 and 97. She lost the love of her life, her husband of 55yrs followed by the crossing of her middle daughter, Judy to cancer at age 49.
She was encouraged and made her last move to Seaside, Oregon in 1998 so she could be close to her youngest daughter, Mary. Her oldest daughter Marny and her husband Paul also were drawn to the beach and to be near this most remarkable and resilient woman. She was living with Marny and Paul, when in 2009 Marny died of cancer and Paul in 2010 died of a broken heart due to the loss of the love of his life.
Marion had always had the goal of living to be 100. Mary, her youngest daughter knew that and the two of them became the closest of BUDs. Mary moved into Marions house in 2012 and they and their beloved four-legged friends, lived happily together until Marions peaceful crossing Saturday February 6, 2021, just a couple of months before her 103 birthday.
Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. W.P. Blake, Judy Wagner, her middle daughter and Marny Philippon, her oldest daughter.
Her survivors include: Mary Blake, daughter and grandchildren Kristi Skiba, Laura Warren, Jesse Blake, and great grandchildren Bridgette and Hayden Skiba and Brandon Blake Short.
My Mudder wanted to live forever! You could help her do that by keeping her spirit alive in your heart, memory and stories. Always remember to love your Mother!
A special Thank You to the caring HOSPICE team that gave such good compassionate care to us and helped my mother cross at home in the most beautiful and sacred space.
We will have a party to celebrate Marion in the fall, when its safe for us to gather.
ALOHA! Happy Trails to YOU!!!
Please, no flowers. If you would like to celebrate Marion, please consider a donation of your time, talents or treasure to your favorite cause or to Clatsop County Animal Shelter
Miss Me - But Let Me Go
When I come to the end of the road,
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom filled room,
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little - but not too long,
And not with your head bowed low,
Remember the love that we once shared,
Miss me - but let me go,
For this is a journey we all must take,
And each must go alone,
It’s all part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home,
When you are lonely and sick at heart,
Go to the friends you know,
Bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me - but let me go.
Hughes-Ransom Mortuaries & Crematorium will be handling the final arrangements. WWW.hughesransom.com
Live, love, laugh always
Mary Blake, smiles