Marilyn Nada Christian, a 53-year resident of Colville, passed away on Feb. 16, 2012 in Colville at the age of 84. Marilyn was born on June 3, 1927 in Spokane, the daughter of Oran Francis and Anaide Mae (Myers) Sparks.
She had the opportunity to reside in several communities while growing up, including Seattle, Springdale, Spokane and Sprague. While in Sprague, Marilyn attended elementary school. She moved to Spokane to complete her education and graduated at Rogers High School in 1944.
Following high school, Marilyn went to work for Burlington Northern Railroad, where she worked alongside the men shoveling coal, gravel and tending to the tracks. Through this job she met her longtime friend, Lucy Hutchinson, and a young man named Harold Wilson.
She and Harold began courting and were soon married on Oct. 11, 1946. Once they had begun a family, Marilyn worked in the home. In 1958, she and Harold divorced and Marilyn moved to Colville with her children. While in Colville, Marilyn worked several jobs to provide for her family. She began as a seamstress, working later for Frank’s Pharmacy, Safeway, for Dr. Darling and in the Colville School District before beginning a lengthy career with the U.S. Forest Service as an administrative assistant.
In 1964, she married Jim Christian. Together they resided in Colville and built a family cabin and a ranch near Cedar Lake. One of her greatest accomplishments is the family cabin on Black Lake, which she designed and had built. It will be enjoyed by generations and is a testament to her love of family. Marilyn retired in 1980. She and Jim spent many years wintering in Arizona and traveling extensively throughout the U.S.
Marilyn loved to go camping, fishing, swimming and hunting with her family. She created countless memories with her family on every outdoor adventure. Her homemade pies, pie crusts, cookies, and brownies always complimented her wonderful meals created from scratch. Her food was created with loving hands and gave comfort as well as nourishment to family and friends. There was never a spare moment wasted for Marilyn knew the value of hard work. Her resourceful nature gave a second life to many household items and clothing that would otherwise be discarded. She wasn’t afraid to pull out her wheelbarrow, hand trowel and practical ingenuity in order to pour new sidewalks, concrete walkways and parking pads around her home. Marilyn was a selfless caregiver, always the first to step in as a helper for family or friends. She also had a sense of humor appreciated by all. Marilyn was genuine and held little back, especially her love.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Christian, and by step-son, Glenn Christian.
She is survived by her children, John Wilson, Spokane; Daniel Wilson and wife, Judy McCoid, Edmonds; Marjorie Wilson; Colville, step-children, Larry Christian, Spokane; Jimmy Dianne Whitaker, Oklahoma City, OK; grandchildren, Sonya Hood, Jerry Wilson and wife, Jill, Leah Clark and husband, Del, Stephanie Wilson; great-grandchildren, Jacob Wilson, Ashley Bauder, Dakota Clark and Orlando Hood.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory in Colville. An ash interment will follow at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville.
Memorial contributions may be given to either Colville Pet Refuge or the Colville Center for Youth.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com  . Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.
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