Marilyn Jean Laughlin died September 10, 2009 at her home in Spokane, WA. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 10:30 AM at the Cheney Funeral Home, Cheney, Washington. Graveside services will be held on Friday, September 25th at 11:00 am at the Yamhill-Carlton Pioneer Cemetery, Yamhill. Memorial contributions may be made to Mid-Valley Rehabilitation, Inc. c/o Macy & Son.
She was born August 15, 1935 in Portland, OR. She was raised on the family farm in Carlton, Oregon. She attended Carlton Grade School and graduated from McMinnville High School in 1953.
After attending Oregon State University she went into the advertising business. Her first job was with Jantzen in Portland. Her career in advertising next took her to Dallas, Texas as an Account Executive with Blume Advertising. It was during this time that she met and married William Dover. Their careers led them from Dallas to Cleveland, Puerto Rico and eventually New Orleans, where they resided until his death in the Seventies.
Marilyn returned to Portland and working with her brother, Bob, and learning the business of seed and grain merchandising. She soon directed her interest to the seed industry where she saw the opportunity to use her experience as an Account Executive to meet the rigorous requirements of the seed industry.
With her new focus and â€śjob planâ€ť she relocated in Spokane, Washington and in 1985 started Laughlin Trading, Inc. She earned the title â€śQueen of Seedâ€ť and in 2005 was awarded Honorary Life Membership by the Washington State Crop Improvement Association.
Marilyn was a member of the Spokane Club, Genetic Marketing Company, Washington Crop Improvement Association and the Washington- North Idaho Seed Association.
Marilyn was a gourmet cook and entertainer. She was happiest when making out menus, decorating and social events. She loved to garden and pot flowers, especially with the help of her beloved feline companions, Sorshia and Hillary.
In recent years her greatest joy came from planning festive parties for the children of friends and employees known affectionately as â€śMarilynâ€(TM)s Gangâ€ť Parties. Parties were planned for every occasion possible and some that she made up. These parties were filled with presents, activities, games, and menus appropriate for the occasion.
Marilyn was predeceased by her husband and parents. She was also predeceased by her beloved nieces Bonnie Jean Laughlin and Katherine Kubes.
She is survived by her brother Robert (Dorothy) of Carlton, Oregon; sister Patricia Kubes (Robert) of Silver Lake, Washington and Sun West, Arizona. She is also survived by nephew Larry Kubes (Michelle) of Tigard, Oregon; niece Tracey (Kubes) Reece of Oceanside, California. Great nieces and nephews: Samantha and Julianne Kubes and Brandon and Garrett Reece.
She will be especially missed by her â€śGangâ€ť: Hope, Abby, Allison, Mat, Jason, Onyx, Christopher, Antonia, Evan, Dustin and Judy. To leave online condolences, please visit www.macyandson.com