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Marion Satterlee

November 7, 2012

Marion Dee (Morgan) Satterlee passed away Oct. 11, 2012 in Glendale, California. She was born July 28, 1923 in Spokane. Her parents, George Morgan and Opal Talkington, grew up in Harrington and farmed there during the early 1920’s. Two generations of grandparents were pioneers that came West by wagon train to the Washington Territory.
The family moved to Colville in 1926 to operate a theater, west of Main Street, that showed silent movies. By 1937, the family had bought land and built the Alpine Theater at 105 North Main Street in Colville. Marion and her younger sister Frances attended Colville schools, Marion graduating from high school in 1941. She was active in school activities, including band and chorus. (See High School Year Books, Skookum 1937-1941.)
After high school, Marion enrolled at the University of Washington as a music major, studying the harp. She pledged the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Iota chapter, where she made many lifelong friends. While at the university, she met her future husband, Richard, who was in the Navy. She graduated in 1945 and worked in Colville assisting with the family business.
She and Richard remained friends, became engaged, and were married in 1950 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Seattle where she began the life of a career military officer’s wife. During their Air Force career, the couple was stationed in San Angelo, Texas, Enid, Oklahoma, and at Great Falls, Montana. During the Korean Conflict, Richard was serving an overseas tour in Japan and Korea when their older son, Kirk, was born in 1952. In 1953 the family was stationed at McChord AFB, Tacoma, where their son, Keith, was born in 1955.
In 1959, the family moved to Hawaii then to Virginia in 1962 and back to Hawaii in 1966. It was during their last tour in Hawaii that they retired from the Air Force and eventually settled in La Canada, California.
Marion Dee’s remarkable life was one of love and devotion. She loved life and her family. She was liked, loved, and respected by all who knew her. Popular and talented, she had many close friends. To her husband, she was a best friend, girl- friend, and sweetheart for 68 years.
Marion Dee is survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard; their sons, Kirk and Keith; Kirk’s wife, Judy, and their two children, John and Colleen.
Marion’s remains will be interred in the family plot at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrington.

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