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Irvona ‘Moni’ Marilyn Mariner

03/17/1936 — 04/10/2010

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Billings, MT

Irvona ‘Moni’ Marilyn Mariner


 As our beloved mother's soul crossed over, she heard her first granddaughter's eloquent, melodious voice singing "Amazing Grace." "It is beautiful," she murmured to all circled in prayer around her. Our mom left our arms and entered God's embrace Saturday, April 10th, 2010 at Kadlec Hospital where she had served 1, 000 hours as a Pink Lady.
 Moni started this journey in Billings, Montana as the first daughter to Irving and Curly Mariner on March 17th, 1936. She was raised in the small town of Hysham, Montana by her father, a hard-working mechanic and rancher, and her mother, an elementary school teacher. She later met and married our dad, Roger Jensen, when they were attending Montana State University in Bozeman. This union created three children and the family was raised in Richland, WA. 
 Mom was active in the Jefferson Elementary PTA, the Washington Association for Retarded Children, and as a crisis-line volunteer. When she became single again, she started a 20 year career at Battelle. Moni retired as an Executive Assistant; she loved her job and her co-workers.
  Our mom raised us to be strong, self-reliant, and hard-working – but never to forget our sense of humor. Anyone who knew Moni knew she loved to laugh.
 "The Mom," "Nana" and "Nana Moni" is survived by her two daughters, Kimberly Pueschner Mike of West Richland, Janine Jensen Alex of Richland, her son, Russell Jensen Julie of Kelseyville, CA and her sister, Terre Tillitt of Casper, WY. She was Nana to Jasmine Gaines Mike of Richland and Adam and Lindsey Jensen of Kelseyville, CA. Moni was "Nana Moni" to her great-granddaughter, Samantha Gaines and her sister, Jessica. She is also survived by her nephews Phil Tillitt of Casper, WY and Darcy Tillitt of Portland, OR, her great-nephew and niece Christopher and Nicki Tillitt of Casper, WY, her Aunt Bert and a hand full of cousins scattered through Washington, Idaho and Montana. 
 Moni was met at heaven's gates by her mom and dad, brother-in-law, grandparents, her friend, Norma, aunts and uncles and, most probably, a slew of cats.
 Our family wishes to reverently express special thanks to Mom's surrogate big sister, neighbor and dear friend for 33 years, Carole and her husband Donn Lehfeldt. She loved her Friday "Four O'clocks" with her closest friends. Please join us in celebrating her life at The Community of Christ Church, 1004 Long Avenue, Richland on Sunday, April 18th at 3:00 p.m.

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  • Well it took me awhile to find the words… I still miss you.

    Dennis Dudley
    April 6, 2023
    West Richland
  • Moni
    Not sure why I have not posted sooner. A few years back I had my wife Carol and my name added to one of the Basalt columns nearby behind your bench. Carol passed away in 2015. Max Kreiter passed in 2019. His bench is to your left! So you have some company! It was great having you as my secretary for many years at Battelle. You were the best. Loved by all. May you Rest In Peace! Jack

    September 9, 2022
  • Moni…gonna miss ya big time!!! Sure hopin’ they have wine on the other side! See ya! Love ya! Pattie

    Pattie Cole
    November 4, 2014
    WA, US
  • Moni:

    You are sure going to be missed. I loved our Starbucks coffee meetings and all of our conversations. I loved sharing PNNL stories with you. You were so friendly and you knew everybody!! You leave a void in my heart.


    Peggy Snyder
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We enjoyed living next to her for 13 years.She was a fun person to be around with.We are going to truly miss her.I’m going to miss her telling me to go to my room when I would make a smart commemt to her.Our hearts are sadden by your lost.

    Steve,Patsy,Hunter Baird
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Kim: I remember your mom so well from our childhood, spending time at your house or some function at Jefferson. She was so gorgeous and funny! I know my mother shares my condolences to you and your family.

    Gail Sears
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Kim, Janine and Russ,

    I will always remember your mom smiling and laughing. I loved to run into her during my visits home! She was great fun to get caught up with and was always very proud to share about each of you.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this hard time.


    Andrea Knecht Wiggins
    November 4, 2014
    Albuquerque, NM, US
  • Janine, keeping you and your family in my prayers. Your mom had such a wonderful sense of humor and a smile that lit up the room. Lots of memories from her time at PNNL. She will be missed.

    Denise Buelt
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • To Moni’s Family – you had a wonderful mom/grandmother. I did Moni’s acrylic nails for years. There was never a dull moment during her appointments. Sometimes her appointments would run late as we would be laughing so hard from the stories or jokes she told. It’s hard to work on someones hands when you have tears running down your face. I am going to miss her alot. See you in Heaven someday Moni!

    Bev Panther
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We will always remember Moni for her infectious smile and contagious sense of humor. We want to express our sympathy to her family for their loss. She will be missed but always remembered. Bob and Lauretta Pyzel, Don Pyzel, Rich and Connie Kobelski, John and Judy Dean

    Pyzel family
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Moni – perfectly groomed, ever so professional but with a ready smile and infectious laugh. Loved hearing her stories of family and friends and there seemed to be a lot of themover the years while she manned the “front office”. Then after she retired I would run into her “on the go” – at the racquet club, at the Farmer’s market. Again always vivacious and interested in what I had going one. Such great memories….

    Cheryl Thornhill
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
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