Marilyn Jeanne Harvey
July 22, 1940 – February 11, 2018
Marilyn Jeanne Harvey, a lifelong resident of Snohomish, died peacefully on February 11, 2018, after a brief struggle with cancer. Born July 22, 1940, she was the daughter of Eldon Noble Harvey and Marjorie K. (MacLeod) Harvey.
In her younger years, Marilyn was a song-leader and percussionist in the band at Snohomish High School. She was also a member of 4-H and was an FFA Chapter Sweetheart (princess) while showing white-faced Hereford cattle. As an adult, when one of her father’s herd ended up with an orphaned calf, Marilyn would raise the calf at her home. Of course, the calf would become like family to her and there were always tears when it came time to re-introduce the calf to the herd.
In her 20’s and early 30’s, Marilyn ran the operations of Harvey Airfield, one of her parents’ businesses. If you were at the airport you may have seen her in the office directing air traffic, handling the bookwork, overseeing the flight school, or fueling airplanes when no ‘gas-boy’ was available. Her spunky personality and infectious good humor lead to many laughs and practical jokes with the customers and staff. Marilyn and her mother Marjorie also had fun together preparing and serving meals for the many banquets held at the airport.
Her aeronautical experience eventually led Marilyn to Paine Field, where she accepted a position managing the operations of Willard Flying Service. To Marilyn, the highlight of her years at the airports was building relationships with the pilots and their families. Many became lifelong friends.
In her forties, Marilyn bought Airial Hot Air Balloon Company. She successfully ran the company for more than 30 years.
She was a dedicated fan of the Seahawks and Mariners, devoted much effort to the SHS Class of ’58 reunions, and stayed in close contact with many of her classmates.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon and Marjorie, and her younger brother, Richard N. (Dick) Harvey. She is survived by her loving sister, Donna Harvey, sister-in-law Kandy Harvey Stiffler, her daughters Shannan Sorensen and Marilana Lacey, and the light of her life, granddaughter Bronte Shannan Lacey, as well as nieces and nephews Claire, Laurie, and Cheryl Capriola and Lance, Heather, Tyson, and Preston Harvey and their families, all with whom Marilyn had special relationships. She will be dearly missed by all.
A private family graveside service will be held at GAR Cemetery in Snohomish. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial reception at Marilyn’s home on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 1-4 pm.
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