Marian F. Richey | Passages
September 14, 2012 · Updated 4:04 PM
Jan. 15, 1914 — Sept. 5, 2012
Marian’s great-grand parents, John and Lydia Low, landed at Alki Point with the Denny Party and the pioneers of Seattle in 1851. The first pioneer child born there was her grandmother, Nettie Low, who later married George Foster.
Marian lived in Alaska with her parents, Claire Frasier Foster and Frank Foster. She had four siblings, two of whom died as young men. Frank was a lawyer and member of the Alaska Territory House of Representatives.
Marian went to Stanford and the University of Washington, earning a degree in English literature. She was a librarian for a time. She married Julius Edward Richey, captain, USCG, and had three girls, Ann Richey, Betty Chessman and Katy Nollman.
Marian loved to fish, cook fresh food, pick wild blackberries, make jams and preserves. She was dedicated to catching crab and digging clams at low tide. She missed her Marrowstone Island home on the water when leaving became a necessity.
She gracefully endured, continuing to read and be a serious threat at Scrabble. She had memorized much poetry and could recite it even through her last days. Her force of character will endure.
Arrangements by Cook Family Funeral Home.
— Family of Marian F. Richey