Marian Louise Cram

06/08/1928 — 06/18/2007

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Ruskin, Nebraska

Marian Louise Cram

Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend, Marian was greeted by her Lord and Savior June 18, 2007 at the age of 79.

Marian was born in Ruskin, Nebraska, on June 8, 1928 to Frieda Braun and William Bill Garrels. She was the second child in a family of five daughters.

She was baptized in St Mark Lutheran Church in Ruskin, NE. In 1937 the family moved to Twin Falls, ID where she was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church. In 1944 the family moved to Jerome, Idaho and she graduated from Jerome High School in 1946.

After working as a secretary she married Everett H. Mietzner in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jerome on September 7, 1947. They were blessed with three children. They moved to Quincy, WA in 1953 where they raised their family. They farmed and owned an Insurance and Real Estate business. Marian worked with her husband in the business. In 1970 they sold their business and moved to Spokane, WA where Marian worked as a secretary. In 1976 they moved to Richland, WA where Marian worked on the Hanford Site from February 9, 1976 to January 1, 1995, when she retired.

She was an active member of Central United Protestant Church. She served for many years on the Missions and Worship Commissions, the Hearts & Hands group and the Prayer Hotline. She enjoyed many Bible Studies, her Small Group and many other activities. She also enjoyed her Pinochle and Birthday Club. She served on the Benton County Board of Aging and Long Term Care. She was a registered Republican and was active in the Republican Club.

She especially enjoyed her four granddaughters and four grandsons. She prepared photo albums for each grandchild, from birth to their college graduations.

She is survived by her three children Kathleen Alan Clayton, Randall Mietzner and Kristine Mietzner; sister Evelyn Kulm and brother-in-law Dick Cameron; grandchildren, Ander Clayton, Christopher Clayton, Anthony Clayton and Teresa Clayton Randy Bowers; Jennifer Mietzner Kevin Showalter, Angela Mietzner, Anna Lewis and Benjamin Lewis; nieces, Donna Radney Doyle Vincent, Sharon Kulm, Kylene Kulm, and Kellie Pete Dial and nephews, David Vincent, John Susan Kulm, Robert Fischer, Dennis Tencha Cameron, Bruce Debbie Cameron and Douglas Cameron. She is also survived by her ex-husbands with whom she remained friends, Everett Mietzner and Ray Cram.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Val Radney and Elinor Cameron and Alice Abercrombie; and brothers-in-law James Radney, James Abercrombie and John Kulm Jr.

She will be greatly missed and was loved dearly by her family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Dr., Richland, WA at 11:00 AM Saturday, July 7, 2007. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the church for the Missions Commission, to the Cancer Fund, or to Hospice at Tri-Cities Chaplaincy.

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  • I am so sorry to hear about Marian’s death. She will surely be welcomed into heaven by the God that she worshipped and served so well.

    I first met Marian working in Correspondence Control for Boeing and later Westinghouse. For several years, I was her manager and she was a most valuable employee. She was dedicated, hard working, and extremely good at her job. She provided excellent support to the senior managers of the Hanford contractors. And she never went home until the work was done. We used to joke that she needed to bring her sleeping bag to work so that she could catch a quick nap before the next workday began.

    After Marian’s retirement, I began seeing her again at church. I started dating and then married a man who attended CUP. When I joined the church, she made me a tape of some of the best Christian music from our contemporary services. I loved that tape; it was such a kind and thoughtful thing to do. We have kept in touch with our Christmas letters and meetings between services. I regret that I will be unable to attend the memorial service. I’ll be out of town. Please praise her most mightily.

    I am sorry that we have lost Marian here on earth but I am sure that God has a special place for her with Him.

    Marilyn Felton Hesser
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Mom,

    Thank you for giving up some of yourself so that I could have a little bit of success.

    I’ll remember you through memories of the many times together at your home and Lake Easton. I’ll remember our last days together. I will treasure the photo albums you made for us.

    With eternal love,

    Daughter Kristine Mietzner

    P.O. Box 1276

    Benicia, CA 94510

    Kristine
    November 4, 2014
    Benicia, CA, US
  • Gram Cram was the biggest cheerleader in my life–as she was for all her grandchildren. She even did a goodbye cheer of sorts whenever we drove away from her house, kissing and hugging the air as she followed our car on its way out–all her grandkids will remember this about her. Every greeting was just as enthusiastic and she never let us get hungry–for food or love.

    Jennifer Showalter
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • To say your Mother was the best mother in the world is common, but ours really was. The grandkids would bring their friends to visit ad the friends would say, “You sure have a nice Grandma” She visited me on almost every special occasion or traumatic event- births, deaths, surgery, graduation, visiting us at our home whereever we lived, coming over to clean my hosue if I scheduled a party, arranging for family get togethers, and if she had a fault, it was that she was so generous she would give you anything you wanted – how cool is that? And to think we did not appreciate it as much as we should have when she was here. Mom, you should have lived another 20 years, but we will love you forever. And try to live our lives as transformed as you lived yours.

    Love forever to my best friend. YOur daughter, Kathleen

    Kathleen
    November 4, 2014
    Sagle, ID, US
  • I am so sorry to hear about Marian’s death. She will surely be welcomed into heaven by the God that she worshipped and served so well.

    I first met Marian working in Correspondence Control for Boeing and later Westinghouse. For several years, I was her manager and she was a most valuable employee. She was dedicated, hard working, and extremely good at her job. She provided excellent support to the senior managers of the Hanford contractors. And she never went home until the work was done. We used to joke that she needed to bring her sleeping bag to work so that she could catch a quick nap before the next workday began.

    After Marian’s retirement, I began seeing her again at church. I started dating and then married a man who attended CUP. When I joined the church, she made me a tape of some of the best Christian music from our contemporary services. I loved that tape; it was such a kind and thoughtful thing to do. We have kept in touch with our Christmas letters and meetings between services. I regret that I will be unable to attend the memorial service. I’ll be out of town. Please praise her most mightily.

    I am sorry that we have lost Marian here on earth but I am sure that God has a special place for her with Him.

    Marilyn Felton Hesser
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Mom,

    Thank you for giving up some of yourself so that I could have a little bit of success.

    I’ll remember you through memories of the many times together at your home and Lake Easton. I’ll remember our last days together. I will treasure the photo albums you made for us.

    With eternal love,

    Daughter Kristine Mietzner

    P.O. Box 1276

    Benicia, CA 94510

    Kristine
    November 4, 2014
    Benicia, CA, US
  • Gram Cram was the biggest cheerleader in my life–as she was for all her grandchildren. She even did a goodbye cheer of sorts whenever we drove away from her house, kissing and hugging the air as she followed our car on its way out–all her grandkids will remember this about her. Every greeting was just as enthusiastic and she never let us get hungry–for food or love.

    Jennifer Showalter
    November 4, 2014
    Spokane, WA, US
  • To say your Mother was the best mother in the world is common, but ours really was. The grandkids would bring their friends to visit ad the friends would say, “You sure have a nice Grandma” She visited me on almost every special occasion or traumatic event- births, deaths, surgery, graduation, visiting us at our home whereever we lived, coming over to clean my hosue if I scheduled a party, arranging for family get togethers, and if she had a fault, it was that she was so generous she would give you anything you wanted – how cool is that? And to think we did not appreciate it as much as we should have when she was here. Mom, you should have lived another 20 years, but we will love you forever. And try to live our lives as transformed as you lived yours.

    Love forever to my best friend. YOur daughter, Kathleen

    Kathleen
    November 4, 2014
    Sagle, ID, US
  • I can’t think of Auntie Em without smiling – her sense of humor was a very special part of her and she always had us laughing when she was around. Her family and circle of friends were so very important to her.

    When I was growing up and I would feel down, mom would say “Let’s call Marian”. Auntie M was like medicine to the soul – she always had us laughing and had many jokes stored up to tell us.

    Donna Vincent
    November 4, 2014
    Reedley, CA, US
  • Marian and I were friends for her last 4 months on this earth. I will never forget her devotion to her church and our God and His son Jesus Christ. I was blessed by her presence and was honored to meet her wonderful family. I look forward to eternity with her in heaven. Her desire was that all her family and friends join her there in God’s time. I am especially pleased to be acquainted with her 2 wonderful daughters. I will always remember Marian with a smile on my face!

    Jenny Caraway
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • It was my pleasure to know Marian through Central Church’s Mission Commission. She was a delight to work on projects with and a friend who loved her children and grandchildren dearly. Beth

    Beth Carothers
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US