Marian Jean Fanning (Staton), of Omak, Wash., passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Mid-Valley Hospital, with family by her side. She was 95 years old.
She was born Marian Jean Stilson on Aug. 19, 1917, in Tekoa, Wash., to Charles and Murilla Stilson. Marian was raised on the family farm along with two sisters, Helen and Elaine; and two brothers, Maurice and Dean. Her remaining sibling, Evelyn, died in childhood. She attended the Tekoa school system, graduating from high school in the spring of 1935. Marian entered nurses’ training at St. Lukes Hospital in Spokane, Wash., graduating with her R.N. (registered nurse) degree in 1938.
She then moved to Tacoma, Wash., to pursue her nursing career at Firland Hospital. Marian continued as a practicing RN for the next eight years in Western Washington. She came to Okanogan County just after the end of World War II to visit friends, and there she met Ralph E. “Bud” Staton. They were married Dec. 7, 1945, in Omak. Over the next seven years, their three children, Bob (1947), Rick (1949), and Judy (1952) were born.
After all three children were enrolled in the Omak school system, Marian took full-time employment as a public health nurse with the Okanogan County Health Department. She held this position until her retirement in 1983. After 35 years of marriage, Bud passed away on Feb. 12, 1982.
Marian then married her daughter-in-law’s father, Victor O. Fanning, of Soap Lake, Wash., on Sept. 23, 1995. They purchased their joint home in Ephrata, Wash., where they had nine very happy years until Victor’s passing on Aug. 23, 2004.
Marian then moved back to the Omak area in 2005 to be closer to her daughter, Judy, and son, Rick. She was the last surviving member of her family.
Marian is survived by her sons, Dr. Robert Staton, and his wife, Donna, of LaVernia, Texas, and Richard Staton, and his wife, Lori; and daughter, Judy, and her husband, John, Scacco, all of Omak. She is additionally survived by her step-children, Delores Allen, and her husband, Chris, of Quincy, Wash., and Gary Fanning and his wife, Leslie, of Royal City, Wash. Also surviving are her grandson, Aaron and his wife, Deanna, of Floresville, Texas, and Aaron’s son, Konner, of Yuma, Ariz.; granddaughter, Meredith Glantz, husband David, and their daughters, Sidney and Brylee of Newburgh, Ind.; and granddaughter, Michelle Jack-Jones, her husband, Brian, and their two children, Starfire and Nakaiah, of Omak, Wash. Marian also is survived by nieces, nephews, and step-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Community Hall in Conconully, Wash., on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at noon. In lieu of flowers, Marian would appreciate donations to her three favorite charities: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Smile Train, and The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.
The Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel is in charge of arrangements.