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Marilyn Joy Werry
05/17/1931 — 10/20/2023
From Kennewick, WA | Born in Cashmere, WAWatch Service
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Marilyn Joy Werry
Marilyn Joy (Ramey) Werry, born May 17, 1931 to Lou and Golda Ramey in Cashmere, WA, was called to heaven on October 20, 2023, at the age of 92. Marilyn spent her childhood and adolescent years in Cashmere with her parents and older brother, Harlen (Kay) Ramey. Marilyn adored her brother Kay and deeply missed him after his passing. We can only smile thinking about their reunion in heaven. At an early age, Marilyn showed her mischievousness and creativity. Whether it was the time she taught her beloved family dog, Shep, to play dead on the side of the road and wait for someone to stop or sending the whole town on a manhunt because she went against her mothers orders and walked over the train tracks across from the school with her best friend because she wanted an apple from the sorting warehouse. As a teenager, Marilyn was surrounded by good friends. She enjoyed going to school dances and other school events. According to an old boyfriend, she knew more about basketball than the actual basketball players. Marilyn loved to play practical jokes. During her first job at the Cashmere movie theater, she wanted to make her coworker laugh by putting a flashlight in her mouth, so her cheeks would illuminate across the theater. That plan backfired when her jaw locked over the flashlight and was completely stuck. It was quite an awkward encounter when she had to go to her manager to get the flashlight out of her mouth. After high school, Marilyn went on to college at Washington State College (WSU). She had many fond memories during her time as a Coug, but her favorites were all the times spent with her sorority sisters at dances and events. She loved big band music and joined the Rhythm Kings as a singing trio with her good friend Eliane Loftus. Marilyn was a diehard Coug and would proudly sing the WSU fight song to anyone that would listen.
After college, Marilyn moved to Richland, WA. It was during this time that she met her husband, Ellwood Werry, and were married on April 4th, 1953. Marilyn and Ellwood were married for 22 years and had three children together. Marilyn is survived by her three children, Daniel (Charlene) Werry of Richland, WA; Scott (Felicia) Werry of Pasco, WA; and Jill (Vince) Loftus of Kennewick, WA. She was blessed with 11 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. During most of her married life, she was a stay at home mom. However, when Ellwood went back to school she worked for U of I and then for Dr. Campbell in Pasco, WA. She enjoyed camping and fishing and was a den mother for her son’s cub scouts. Marilyn was an avid water skier and she and the family spent many, many hours water skiing off Strawberry Island with the Morris Clan. The two families also spent time snow skiing, however, Marilyn was a fair weather snow skier, as soon as her feet got cold she could be found in the bierstube. She enjoyed watching her children play sports which carried on into supporting all of her grandchildrens endeavors, from freezing outside during spring sports to inside winter sports and any school function. Gramma Marilyn was always there.
In the mid 1970’s Marilyn started working for Battelle as an Executive Secretary in Human Resources. She retired in the early 1990’s. Marilyn spent her retirement years, golfing, traveling, playing dominoes and socializing at the Shilo with her girlfriends, also known as “The Legends”. Marilyn deeply missed all of her girlfriends who passed before her, so we can only imagine the celebration “The Legends” are having now that she is with them.
The family would like to thank all of the staff at Fleur de’ Lis Adult Family Homes for the wonderful care they provided for our Mom/Gramma/Gigi. We would also like to recognize our Mother’s dear friend, Sharon, for the loving support and care she provided to Mom during the last few months of her life.
Services for Marilyn will be held on Monday, October 30, 2023 at Event Center at Sunset Gardens (Einan’s) in Richland, WA. Memorial Service at 2:00 with Interment following. After the Internment a Celebration of Life will be held at West Richland Golf Course at 4:00.
Marilyn was a great lady. Seems like we have lost all the great mothers. Thoughts are with you and your family. Take care
Joy is such an appropriate name for your mama. She had the best smile and brought out so much joy in the people she shared her life with. Love to you and your family as you mourn your loss and celebrate her life.
I am so sorry for your loss. Marilyn was such a happy fun person. I have many fond memories of you all and the house at the end of the road so many years ago. My deepest condolences.