Marilyn Jeanne Almquist, 90, of Birch Bay passed away peacefully at the Christian Healthcare Center in Lynden, WA.
Marilyn was born August 3, 1933 in Bellingham to Fred and Doris Araway. As the oldest of three children she was raised on the family farm in Ferndale and graduated from Ferndale High School. Later she lived in Kent and eventually settled in Birch Bay.
Marilyn suﬀered a brain hemorrhage in 1959. She continued to work to the best of her abilities as an Avon representative and realtor. She achieved many president’s club awards for sales achievement as an Avon representative and displayed her Albee award figurines along with her shoe and cow figurines collection.
Marilyn was a woman of faith and attended Bible studies wherever she lived, making lifelong friendships. Family was most important to Marilyn and always had special treats for the grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Marilyn is survived by her four children, Alan Rhea, Don Rhea and wife Kim, Larry Almquist, and Terry Almquist. She had seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Robert and Richard and her daughter Sharon Fisher.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at the Christian Healthcare Center for their compassionate and loving care of Mom during the few months she was there.