Marlene Ann Portinga Stone Memorial Slideshow
April 11, 1948 to June 25, 2014
Marlene Ann Stone (nee Portinga) age 66, was born on April 11, 1948 in Willmar, Minnesota and died suddenly, surrounded by family, in Seattle, Washington on June 25, 2014. Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Myrtle Portinga. She is survived by her husband Alan Stone, sons Rob (Carolyn) von Behren and Jacob Stone, stepdaughter Jennifer Stone, and grandchildren Jessica Gilbertson, and Zachary, Lily, Jamie, Ava, and Stellan von Behren. She is also survived by a brother Wesley (Judith) Portinga, and sisters Lorelle (Walter) McFadden, Joanne( Noble) Handley, Vicki (Randie) Schwab and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins around the world.
In 1966 Marlene graduated from Hopkins High School in Hopkins, Minnesota. She began her college education at North Central University and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and completed it at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 1978.
After moving to Seattle Marlene began a career as a legal secretary at Davis, Wright, Tremaine Law Firm and continued working there until her retirement in 2005.
Marlene had many hobbies which included reading, gardening, and baking. She definitely had a sweet tooth and became an expert at making an amazing deep-dish berry pie. She also enjoyed cooking and hosting friends for dinner.
Music was always an important part of Marlene’s life. As a child she took piano lessons and in school she played both the violin and the French horn. She and her siblings often sang duets, trios and quartets as special numbers or offertories in the churches her father pastored or preached in. Later singing became an important creative outlet for Marlene. A few years ago she became a member of a local chorus, Choral Sounds Northwest, and spent many hours rehearsing and performing with this wonderful group of friends. The last concert she performed in was part of the Masterworks Series. They sang music by Edward Elgar and Vaughan Williams at Glendale Lutheran Church on June 14th.
Marlene loved to travel and research her heritage. She took her first trips overseas traveling to London with her husband Alan. Marlene also visited the Faroe Islands and Norway twice with her cousin Nancie and once with her sisters Lori and Joanne to see her many relatives across the ocean. She often visited her sisters in Minnesota, helped her niece in Montana during a difficult pregnancy, and spent time in California visiting her brother and helping her son with some DIY house remodeling. She recently returned from a wonderful trip to Minnesota where she helped with two of her nephew’s high school open houses. On that trip, she and her three sisters were blessed to have spent time together taking a two day road trip to Appleton, Wisconsin to see her cousin Marcia and her Aunt Peggy who is 96.
Marlene loved animals, especially her dog Jesse and her two cats, Gracie and Izzie. She also never forgot her furry children that already crossed the Rainbow Bridge, cats Bucky & Willoughby, and her border collie Nora. Marlene especially enjoyed spending time in her garden, working on her many projects, where her own pets as well as the wild animals were a constant delight to her. She considered this time in her peaceful garden, to be a time when she could be in God’s presence and talk to Him.
Most of all Marlene loved people. She loved her husband, children, grandchildren, brother, four sisters, cousins, and her best friends Mike and Gail Kolpack, Margaret McCredy, and many other special friends who were dear to her heart. Marlene was a caring and generous person who would always be there to help a friend or family member in need. Marlene, you will be missed terribly and we will hold you in our hearts forever.
Music: Autumn Falling by #CCmixtape (members.shaw.ca/happypuppyrecords/)