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Marion Massey

It is with bittersweet joy that we announce the passing of Marion Massey, 74, a loving and devoted sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend to all whose lives she touched.  She passed on to her heavenly home, surrounded by family at her residence, on March 3, 2024, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.  Marion never stopped battling cancer and her faith in God never wavered despite this sometimes-exhausting battle.  No matter how sick she was, she was always determined to keep fighting so she could continue to do the things she loved such as travel around the Puget Sound with her twin sister, plant her spring flowers, continue to care for the birds and other animals that visited her yard and faithfully attend church on Sundays.  Her life was a living example of her favorite Bible verse, Psalm 94:19. “In the multitudes of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight in my soul.”

She was born in Arkansas in 1949 to James and Doris and grew up in Memphis, TN with her parents, twin sister Karon and older sister, Carol. She married Paul Massey in 1973 who preceded her in death in 2006.  Marion and Paul had one child, Rhonda, in 1976 and they moved to Snohomish, WA in 1978 to live next door to her twin sister and her family.

Marion’s friends and family remember her as generous, caring, meticulous and a faithful follower of Jesus.  Marion grew up in a musical family so it’s no surprise that she is well remembered for her musical talents.  She harmonized beautifully with her sisters singing back up vocals for dear friends, singing duets with her twin sister at women’s retreats, coffee house concerts and she also sang with the lady’s quartet at Machias Community Church.  Her musical talents also included playing piano. She loved playing piano for her church and teaching her daughter and grandchildren beginning lessons in this instrument. However, if you were to have asked Marion what she was passionate about, the list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning football and some of her favorite teams that season.  Marion was also passionate about caring and nurturing all of God’s creations. She volunteered through the Everett Animal Shelter to foster cats in her home and ensured the bird feeders around her home were always full.  Her family couldn’t stop her when she insisted that she hand feed squirrels because they were in need too. Marion’s attention to detail could be witnessed throughout all areas of her life.  This attention to detail began as a child when she was adamant that her twin sister let her divide the popsicle they had to share to ensure it was broken evenly and continued into her employment years where she worked in various bookkeeping positions. 

Marion is survived by her sisters, daughter, grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  She was the dear sister of Karon and Carol, loving mother of Rhonda and adored Nana of Emma and Elaina. She is remembered by her many nieces and nephews. The family thanks you for all the prayers and support given so generously.

Please join us in celebrating her life Saturday, April 27, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Machias Community Church, 1615 Virginia St, Snohomish, WA 98290. For those unable to attend in person, the service will be live streamed on Machias Community Church’s Facebook page  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Everett Animal Shelter or to Everett Gospel Mission


Keeping you in prayer Rhonda. I am so sorry for your loss.

Leigh Johnson

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