OBITUARY

Mary M. Lindjord

November 7, 1924November 23, 2011

Mary Michael Lindjord, beloved wife, mother and Nana peacefully passed away November 23rd. Mary was born in Tacoma November 7th, 1924 to Theone and Mike Mallos who had immigrated to the United States from Kandyla, Greece. Mary was the middle child of five, having two older sisters and two younger brothers. Mary’s deep blue eyes and fair skin stood out in a family of olive skinned, brown- eyed parents and siblings. When she was young, the family moved to a home near Green Lake in Seattle that had a large walnut tree in the backyard. That tree became Mary’s tree and she would climb it and perch herself on a large branch, listening to birds, shaking walnuts to the ground and watching the world go by. For the rest of her life she loved walnuts, including them in every food that she could. A natural athlete, Mary loved all sports. A self described tomboy, she loved baseball and once injured herself catching a line drive barehanded. Years later, she had surgery to repair the damage. She was a competent tennis player and roller skater but excelled at swimming, gliding through the water like a swan. And she could sing, adding her beautiful alto voice to the harmonies of her church choir. In 1941, she and her best friend Jeannie (Meyers) Barnum were leaving the skating rink when they met a group of friends and Jeannie introduced her to a tall blonde man. As she later said, “that was the beginning of my love affair with Harald Lindjord, the best thing that ever happened to me in my life.” This love affair was to endure 68 ½ years and has not ended with her passing. She and Harald became engaged when she was but 18 and still in high school and were married on April 24th 1943. Two months later Harald went off to fight in World War II, returning 26 months later after being wounded in battle in Italy. It wasn’t long before they began raising a family which ultimately numbered three children. They settled in the Shoreline area in a house which Harald built, where they lived until moving to Edmonds in 1977. Devoted to her husband and family, she was an amazing mother, grandmother, great grandmother and mother-in-law. She once wrote that her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life. And yet, she always found time for others outside her family, sharing her time and love with the many who were drawn to her. In 1951 Mary and Harald joined Ronald United Church and have remained active members ever since. Mary sang in the church choir for twenty years and led a bible study class for 24 years. A woman of strong belief in God, Mary gave much to others in countless ways. Whether reading to the blind or visiting the infirmed, to witnessing her faith to others, she lived her life through Jesus Christ and inspired countless others to do the same. Her prayers strengthened many and her faith strengthened her through sickness and sorrow. On her passing, her lifelong friend Jeannie Barnum wrote to the family and so perfectly characterized Mary’s life. She said, “Our beloved and beautiful Mary/Trish was the constant gleaming star who lit up our lives and the lives of everyone who was ever fortunate enough to cross her bright and shining path and to have had the blessed experience of her enduring warmth and caring, thoughtful deeds of true concern and inspiration, and profound loyalty. To know her was to love her for her goodness, her intense appreciation of everyday life, her family, her deep faith, her friends, and the sights and sounds and scents of Nature. Our loss is Heaven's Gain. . .We shall never, never forget her, and as she begins her spiritual journey, may she never, never forget us. . .” Mary is survived by her beloved husband Harald, daughter Theone (Bruce) Holms of Woodinville, son Stephen (Barbara) Lindjord of Woodinville. Grandchildren are Stephanie Dupuis, Lisa (Brent) McCoy, Marisa (Ben) Young, Tegan (David) Adams, Jackie (Greg) Young and Sharman (Paulo) Sosa. Her great grandchildren are Dylan, Sawyer and Sloane McCoy, Grace Young, Sebastian and Maximiliano Sosa. Mary was preceded in death by her eldest son Norman, her sister Sophia and brother Chris. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that remembrances be sent to Ronald United Methodist Church, 17839 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Graveside Service Thursday, December 1, 2011
  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 10, 2011

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Reception
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June 18, 2012

Dear Harald & family, I am so very sorry when I posted this message yesterday I put Steve's name in place of Norm's when I mentioned the passing of your son. I am still new with computer & could not find a way to edit my entry. Please forgive me. I just yesterday saw Mary's obituary & was upset when I made my entry, so sorry Steve!

June 17, 2012

I, Judy Martin send my love and sympathy to Mary's family. I had the pleasure of living next door to Mary and Harald in Edmonds for ten years. I will never forget her, I loved her dearly. She was a beautiful and loving lady inside and out. She and Harald enriched my life, I also had the pleasure of meeting Steve and was very sad at his passing. What a wonderful family, I used to daydream that she was my mother-in-law! I will carry her in my heart forever.

Pete Walter

December 18, 2011

Dear Mr. Hal Lindjord and your family,

I met you all when Norm passed away and thought you were the best folks I'd ever been around. Mary, Hal and I dined at the Grand Cafe in Morristown, NJ a few years later. I just spoke with Lt. Leo Regala who told me of Mary's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences, I am sorry for your loss; Mary was a beautiful person.

Pete Walter

Joe Byam

December 16, 2011

My mother was one of Mary's best friend's, and she is too insecure to realize that she was one, she would tell me,:"Mary had so many other friends that love her so much, i don't know how she finds time to write me so much, im not very important?" my mom ALWAYS said. Mary never forgot my moms birthday, or Mary and Harold never forgot to send Christmas cards to our family (God bless you, harold,through these very hard times). My mom knew her for almost forty years, and Mary was ALWAYS sooo kind to me also, her beautiful smile will remain in my head forever, i saw her three years ago, and she looked gorgeous! Mary and my mom would write hand writen letters back and forth (3+ pages...wow!)and send dried flowers they had taken from their garden, and flattened in a book all year, and put those in with the card and letter, i thought it was so sweet, So i would consider my mom and Mary very good friends.....they sent three or four letters back and forth in the last three months of her life, my mom had gotten a Christmas card THE DAY she found out Mary had past. :(

I myself am glad she is not in pain anymore, and is with God, in a wonderful place! We will miss you, till we see you, Mary! The world needs more people just like you! You were one in a million, if that!
Love,
Joey & Julie Byam

December 12, 2011

I met Mary 30 + years ago thru my husband who worked with Hal. I immediately was drawn to her and her spiritual knowledge and kindred heart. Mary was a wonderful lady whom I always looked up to for advice. She truly will be so missed but I know I will see her again someday ! I feel very blessed to have had her in my life. My prayers are for Hal, Steve and Theone. May God give you the grace and peace during this time.
Laurel & Steve Baker

Julie Byam

December 11, 2011

I met Mary when I was just starting to teach a Sunday School Class at Ronald
Methodist and I was scared to pieces. She insisted I could do it and she would pray for me and I felt those prayers. She was one of those people who really believed her prayers made a difference and she took it so very seriously. I am always astounded to realize she has sent me a Birthday card every year for over 30 years. She always contacted me in times of trouble and it made the difference many many times in my making a mistake or not. I loved her so much and will miss her advice and beautiful smile. I cannot begin to imagine the hurt of all her beloved family. I always told her she was the ONLY person I had ever known that the world would miss so profoundly. I will look forward with all my heart to seeing Mary again.

Diane Sandvick

December 11, 2011

As a niece I was blessed to grow up within the loving circle of Aunt Mary's extended family. She loved and stood by me through every joy and sorrow in my life, and by loving example showed me how to be a woman of God. My heart and my prayers go out to Uncle Harald, Steve, Theone and their beautiful families as they, and all of us who knew her, mourn her passing and also celebrate the gift of her life.

Lauren Kutschka

December 10, 2011

You are all in our prayers. I first met Mary back in the 70's and through the years have been lucky to hear the lovely

Brian Koceski

December 9, 2011

Mr. Lindjord, my heart broke today when I read the little note you had written on the back of the statement for Mary's last visit. She was such a gracious, gracious lady and I cannot believe she is gone. She was always very sweet, kind and thoughtful, always asking me about my family whenever she came in. I am just sorry they never had the chance to meet her. She was such a beautiful person and my heart aches for you and your family. The last time she was in, she seemed frail but otherwise doing okay, and we talked about making sure she made it to the Greek Festival at St. Demetrios next year so she could see my daughters dance. I guess she will be watching from the best seat in the house next year. My condolences to you and your family, she will be greatly missed. There is a beautiful hymn sung in the Greek church which goes "eonia i mnimi" and translates as may her memory be eternal. May her memory indeed be eternal. God bless you and be with you.

December 7, 2011

Mary and Harald Lindjord have always been very dear friends to my husband, Lowell, and me. We met them when we attended Ronald United Methodist church for the first time. We happened to sit in the pew right in front of Mary and Harald. Mary noticed that Lowell put his arm around me all during the service. After the service, she greeted us and asked if we were newlyweds. We told her no, we had been married for seven years. I think that endeared us to Mary. Over the years, we loved to visit with Mary and Harald and get caught up on the things going on in our lives. Many times, Lowell remarked about how much he respected and admired their beautiful relationship with each other and with their children. Mary was a wonderful Christian teacher and prayer warrior. Her prayers for Lowell during his last days on earth were so appreciated. I know that those prayers helped him to deal with his health issues and to reach the goals that he had set for himself. Over the years, our visits with Mary and Harald brought many hours of fun and enjoyment and we felt so blessed to have them in our lives. Mary is in heaven now, having a good visit with Lowell, and with her son, Norm, and other cherished relatives and friends. I will miss her loving friendship very much and I look forward to seeing her again when I cross over to join them.