Marie M. Laughlin
October 18, 1926 - December 3, 2017
Our beloved mother, Marie Mary (nee Morrison) Laughlin passed away peacefully from Alzheimer’s disease at Dallas Retirement Village. She is survived by her children Ruth Laughlin Laney, Roy Laughlin (wife Florence) and Donald Laughlin (wife Evelyn); 8 grandchildren: Amalia, Tiphanie, Lizzy & Samri; Grace; Elizabeth, Nicholas & Caden; 4 great-grand children; and niece Esther (nee Morrison) Johnson (husband Ron).
Marie is predeceased by her husband William (Bill) Laughlin; her brother Dale & his wife Audrey; and her parents Elsie & James Morrison.
Marie was born to Elsie (nee Brown) & James Morrison in Fontana, Kansas. The Dust Bowl and the resulting loss of the family farm led James to move the family, including her older brother Dale, to Woodburn, Oregon in the 1930’s. After completing high school in Woodburn, Marie went on to graduate from Moody Bible Institute with an Associates Degree in Accounting.
She and William Edgar (Bill) Laughlin were married May 16, 1959 in Salem, OR and enjoyed 56 years together before his passing on June 9, 2015. Although Marie worked for several years as an accountant, her main focus was serving and taking care of her family. Marie and Bill were committed Christians and being involved at First Baptist Church in Salem was a big part of their life.
Marie was always a pleasure to be around. She took great joy in people, making the newcomer feel welcome and working to include everyone. When she would go out with a group, she was always looking around; making sure no one was forgotten or left behind. No matter where her battle with Alzheimer’s took her, she worked hard to have as positive an attitude as she could. Even several days before her death, when she could no longer talk, she was laughing and singing to herself, causing others around her to smile.
The memorial for Marie will be held in the Chapel at Dallas Retirement Village on Friday, January 19th at 3:00. All are welcome to come and remember this kind, sweet, gentle woman. An inurnment ceremony will be held on a later date at Juniper Haven Cemetery in Prineville, OR.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Willamette Valley Hospice at 503-588-3600.
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