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Marie M. Findlay

Posted: Friday, Nov 22nd, 2013

FINDLAY—Marie M. Findlay, 95, formerly of Mapleton, passed away Nov. 7, 2013, surrounded by love and her family.

Marie was born July 8, 1918, to Severt L. Mogen and Frances H. Tucker. She attended Willow Crossing School in Powder River, Mont., graduating from Holy Rosary Hospital Nursing Program in 1939, in Miles City, Mont.

Marie worked at Western Lane Hospital and for a while at the Siuslaw Care Center. She was a much loved and admired nurse at the community hospital in Florence. She is remembered for making her way through nearly three feet of snow in the 1970s to a four-wheel drive truck so she wouldn’t miss her shift at the hospital.

She was highly professional and dedicated to her family and nursing career. She found great joy in caring for others. She retired in 1985 after 20 years as a nurse.

Marie loved music, theater, poetry and literature. She was quite the crossword wizard as well. Marie loved tending her roses and other flowers and her small garden in the backyard.

She en-joyed her friends in her Garden Club. She loved meeting with her nursing friends for lunch or dinner after retirement. In her later years, she enjoyed watching, identifying and feeding the birds of the Northwest.

Marie loved traveling and visited most of the national parks in the United States. She loved Oregon and was amazed at all the shades of green when she first came from eastern Montana.

The ocean and treasured trips to Devil’s Elbow with family for picnics, exploring the tide pools, curling up near the fire pit and watching her children and grandchildren, gave her great joy.

Marie made Mapleton her home, with her husband Asa, raising her children there. She participated in the community until selling the family home and moving to be near her daughter Paula in 2003.

Marie lived for the last nine years at Clearwater Assisted Living Community in Vancouver, Wash., where she continued to nurture and care for her new friends.

She was a member of the Siuslaw Rural Health Care Foundation Board, Our Lady of the Dunes Catholic Church and the International Red Cross.

She is survived by her children: daughter Paula and her husband Jesse Allen of Vancouver, Wash.; daughter Denise Findlay and partner Robert Schmidt of Silverdale, Wash.; grandchildren: Philip Allen and wife Erika Swick Allen of Sammamish, Wash.; granddaughter Alana (nee Allen) and husband Andrew Stewart of Camas, Wash.; granddaughter Carrie (nee Allen) and husband Trey Bemis of Superior, Colo.; granddaughter Allison Forbes of Fort Collins, Colo.; grandson Michael Forbes of Poulsbo, Wash.; great-grandchildren: Lillian Marie Stewart (her 7-month-old namesake); and her sister Mabel Bowman of Billings, Mont.

She was preceded in death by her husband Asa in 1970; her sister Clara Phillips in 1994; her brother Robert Mogen in 1994; her brother Harold Mogen in 1998; and her step-daughter Verla (nee Findlay) Caldwell of Grants Pass, Ore., in 2008.

A funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Vancouver, Wash., Nov. 23, at 1:30 p.m.

Donations can be made to the International Red Cross Haiyan Relief.

Private services with family will be scheduled at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene at a later date.

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