Until we meet again Margaret.
After a long illness we say farewell to Margaret Arnold who went to be with the Lord and her beloved Barry on Sept. 22. Margaret was proud of her six children and the 13 grandchildren and 3 great grand children. She liked sharing the stories of their latest accomplishments almost as much as she liked the traveling she and Barry did.
An active member of Marcus Whitman, Margaret served as deacon several times and as treasurer of the Women’s group for several years. She could often be found helping out with receptions or fellowship hours and always with that great smile that said she liked what she was doing and who she was doing it with. We miss her, but we are certain she is taking her dog for a walk with Barry going down to see the Lord.
Vera’s Gone Home
NOTE: Des Moines Parks Recreation and Senior Services would like to take a moment to recognize a dedicated volunteer who recently passed away.
There will be a bench dedicated in her honor on opening day at the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market, June 5th, @ 10am (South Marina Park, Des Moines).
Vera Jean Wilson Harper was a Washington native and a loyal Cougar. She grew up in Spokane, attended WSU and then married Glen Harper. Most of her life she spent in Des Moines where she found a special talent for service and hospitality. She shared her home freelyt, whether for fun or to help people who needed time to get on their feet. She was full of fun, and that was what made her such a great activity director for assisted care facilities. She was only the 37th person to be cetified as an Activity Professional. The National Association of Activity Professionals honored her more than once, and their next conference will be dedicated to Vera.
Vera was instrumental in forming Friend to Friend, an organization dedicated to making sure every resident of a care home had a visitor. As a member of Kiwanis, she worked hard to maintain its vitality, serving coffee every Saturday at the Public Market and sponsoring the Mt Rainier Key Club. Vera has served our church as Elder and as Deacon numerous terms.
She has furnished countless batches of cookies for our fellowship coffee and for the One Great Hour of Sharing auction. In her spare time she visited members who were ill, or in need. Folks who had been away, people on her care list all received drop in visits from Vera, who usually had some small gift to bring as well. But her true love was music. She played the piano and the cello, using her skills for the Huntington Park choir and in leading worshpi at nursing homes. For over 50 years she was our lead soprano and her voice has permeated our sanctuary so deeply that we can almost hear the beams singing the old hymns she loved so well.
We will miss her everyday!!
Loving and Loved, Bernice goes home
Bernice Andrews left a big space in the back of our sanctuary when her heart finally said “enough,” but there is a bigger hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. Those of us at Marcus Whitman often get to know people in the later years of their life, and we miss much of the vitality that marked their youth. It is especially so with Bernice. Dubbed “a character” by her family, Bernice was eager to explore wherever she was. Bernice was not daunted by dirt roads so she found herself in some remote places and now and them some dangerous ones. When one dirt road turned to concrete, her children realized they had strayed onto the main runway of the Anchorage Air Force base.
She was unwilling to give up the Alaskan berry harvest to the locals so she took her nieces and nephews berry picking with the bears. She may have been lost now and then but it never phased her. She always found her way back home.
She kept her children and grandchildren laughing and singing silly songs while they searched for every museum and zoo in the Seattle area. She made up silly poems and wrote them on the lunch bags to remind her grandkids how much they were loved. And the lunches she packed were huge and memorable.
Bernice had a serious side. She worked for Boeing and finished her work life with 12 years at the port of Seattle.
Although she had a long battle with illness ,she might report on how she was feeling, but she never complained.
She was a woman of strong faith which she shared with everyone. Her doctor said of her, “ Her faith was unshakeable. Whenever we discussed God, I realized how strong it was. I always admired that. I looked forward to ending each of our visits with a prayer.” What better evidence that she is home with her Lord.
Our sympathy goes to Janet and her sister.
Stroke takes Bob Weigand, Charter Member, Friend
Bob Weigand was born April 24, 1930. He died on September 22, 2009. He and Sara are the parents of Debbie (Jim Robbins), Gary and Kathy.
Bob and Sara are charter members of Marcus Whitman. He was elected elder in 1964 and again in 1995. He served as Trustee several times. A Boeing engineer, he used his skills to monitor the original construction program for our building and has been involved in every building project since then. His leadership kept the Men’s group busy and our facility in good repair. He was our point man when issues regarding property or taxes arose.
Among his interests were woodworking, camping , sports.
Bob was a very friendly person. After his retirement he became interested in genealogy. He developed an extensive new extended family and was a leader of a group with Russian/German ancestry.
Bob was in Arizona caring for a sister when the Lord came for him. It was typical of Bob that his last weeks were spent caring for someone else.
Without him we are emptier and poorer, but because of him we are safer, more comfortable, and rich in memories. Go With God, Bob.