Mary W. Rasmussen

11/01/1916 — 09/23/2010

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

Mary W. Rasmussen

Richland Pioneer

Mary Lena Weidle Rasmussen of Richland died September 23, 2010 at Hospice House.

She was born November 1, 1916 at Richland, Washington. Her parents were John Philip Weidle and Clara Bremmer Weidle, pioneer settlers. Mary grew up on a farm northwest of town, attended schools in Richland, and graduated from Richland High School in 1935. She attended Northwestern Business College in Spokane. Mary worked as a bookkeeper for more than 40 years, the last half at Spencer Kinney Insurance and Real Estate.

Mary married Roy E. Rasmussen September 28, 1941 at First Lutheran Church of Pasco. She was a long time member of Richland Lutheran Church. She enjoyed her many friends there, served as a Deacon, arranged flowers for receptions, was active in the sewing group, and volunteering for fund raisers. Mary made and decorated birthday, wedding and anniversary cakes for family and friends.

Survivors include daughter JoAnn Jensen, son John Rasmussen, grandsons Michael Emminger, Eric and Craig Rasmussen, sisters Martha Nelson and Edith Hansen, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sister Arva Burgen.

A memorial service for Mary will be held at Richland Lutheran Church on Saturday, October 2nd at 2:00 pm. Viewing at Einan's Funeral Home in Richland, WA, Friday, October 1st 5 to 8 pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Good News Ministry, Richland Lutheran Church, 901 Van Giesen, Richland, WA 99354, or Hospice at the Chaplaincy, 2108 Entiat, Kennewick, WA 99336.

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  • I will always remember Mary for her kind heart, and her smile that could light up a room. She will be greatly missed,and always remembered by all.

    Todd Canoy
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • John and Nancy Rasmussen,

    Hello to my gradeschool, Jr. High & high school friend!

    I loved sleepovers at the farm!

    Did you record any stories about your mother and the Indians?

    How is your sister?

    Your mom was a very special lady and you were lucky to have her.

    Will not be in the Tri-Cities this

    weekend so will miss the service but would love to see you.

    Judy and I are living in the Garage Mahal and building our retirement home in Leavenworth.

    You have been in Issaquah forever.

    Sorry about the traffic.

    Trust we will see you sometime.

    Bob and Judy Rector 509 888-2318

    Bob Rector
    November 4, 2014
    Leavenworth, WA, US
  • Mary’s brilliance, kindness and light continues through her son, John, her daughter, JoAnn, her grandsons, Eric, Craig, and Michael. My heart is broken by your loss, but blessed by you, the ones she loved in this world.

    Melanie Sandlin
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
  • Mary was always a great support for John’s and my family. She made holidays special by traveling to be with us at Christmas and hosting us at Easter. Mary was the very best grandma to our boys, Eric and Craig. She made them their favorite Care Bears and helped with their childhood parties. Mary shared her garden bounty and many handmade sewing & crocheted treasures, not to mention the many wonderful baked delights! Mary had a great respect for history & geology of family & state. Mary was the constant, steady family role model that we will always hold dear in our hearts. Rest well, Mary: faithful servant and dear loved one.

    Nancy Rasmussen
    November 4, 2014
    Issaquah, WA, US