Obituary: Mary Jeanne Anderson Passé

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mary Jeanne Anderson Passé, 88, entered Heaven on Monday, May 9, 2011, following complications related to her long struggle with Parkinson’s disease.

Mary was the beloved wife of Ken Sr. for 66 years, cherished mother to Ken, Jr. (Ann), Nancy Jeanne and Beverly, adored grandmother to Keith Passé (Lisa), Kyle Passé (Emma) and Chandra Jeanne Passé, proud great-grandmother to Avery Jeanne, Molly and Kaleb and aunt to nieces and nephews in Washington, California and Arizona.

Mary was born in Seattle on November 6, 1922. She attended Magnolia and Warren Avenue grade schools, graduating from Queen Anne High School ‘39. She left her first job, Mayer Brothers Jewelers, to become the first SPAR enlistee in the 13th Coast Guard District. During WWII, she rose to the rating of Chief Storekeeper until honorably discharged in 1946.

Mary and Ken met on a ski trip to Mt. Rainier. They fell in love and married on May 18, 1945. They raised their family, Ken Jr., Nancy, and Beverly in what became Shoreline. Mary and Ken have been members of Ronald United Methodist Church for 61 years. Mary was a busy volunteer as a Boy and Girl Scout leader, an active skier, one of the organizers of the first Shoreline School District Ski School program, a member of the Parkview Orthopedic Guild, an avid salmon fisherman and huge Husky fan. Mary and Ken loved vacationing in Hawaii and had the opportunity to travel to the far ends of the earth.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to James Gordon, M.D., for his tender care and compassion for Mary.

At Mary’s request, there will be no service. Interment will be at Tahoma National Cemetery. Remembrances can be made to the Northwest Parkinson’s Association, 400 Mercer Street, Suite 504, Seattle, WA 98109.

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