Mary M. Lindjord
November 7, 1924 – November 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.
- Graveside Service Thursday, December 1, 2011
- Memorial Service Saturday, December 10, 2011
Mary M. Lindjord
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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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Jim and Mila Waak
December 5, 2011
Mila and I will always remember Mary as one of the most gorgeous ladies that we have ever met. In a short time we were soon to realize that her outer beauty came from deep inside as she was truly a spiritual creature of God. We like to think that when we go to Heaven we will be able to sit at the right hand of God. Mary is not only sitting there but who knows but maybe she is the right hand of God. We should all be so fortunate to have a person like her in our lives and may she rest in internal peace and be there to accept us when it is our turn to join her.
December 4, 2011
My sympathy to Steve and the family in the loss of his mother, I'm so sorry.
December 4, 2011
I am so sorry for your loss, I worked & was a friend of Norm's for years, I had no idea he had passed, maybe sometime you can let me know what took his life.
He spoke so lovingly of his Mom
I will keep your family in my prayers
Joan Prall firstname.lastname@example.org
December 1, 2011
To all of the Lindjord Family,
Thinking of the difficulty this day brings for you and hoping that your healing takes the pain away leaving the memories to shine like Mary's lovely smile.
December 1, 2011
Mary Lindjord was the best Auntie a girl could ever dream of....I called her Auntie Trish and did not even realize that here real name was Mary until I was grown up! One day I came home from college and said "Mom, here is a letter from Mary Lindjord, is that Auntie Trish's sister?
We called her Auntie Trish because when my mom (Jeannie Barnum) met her, when they were about 12, my mom said to her "You don't look like a Mary, I'm going to call you Trish" and from thereafter their gang of friends all called her Trish.
She was the best Auntie ever - every single birthday of my whole life she remembered me for 51 years!! No matter where I was in the world - Minnesota, London, Vermont, New York...she would get my address and send me a card! I love her and my darling Uncle Hal with ALL my heart; I am truly blessed to have had her in my life....I am positive how much she touched me will live on in me forever. I'm very sad that she died and will miss her terribly - we all know she was a rare and special person.
But when I think of her life and how she lived it.....I think it was about as close to the Christian perfection as a human can get....her kindness and high priority on giving and loving others, is something I will aspire to for the rest of my life.....A+ Auntie Trish, A+. I know that's what St. Peter gave you when you entered the holy gates, a life lived with such inner kindness, goodness and love, could not have been done better...Now you will have eternal peace and your spirit remains alive on Earth in the hearts of the many you have touched…. I will Love you forever, Lollie (Noel)
December 1, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mary's entire family and friends. I have so enjoyed listening to Lisa's stories and memories of this amazing woman and fantastic role model. My heart aches for Papa Harald as he grieves the loss of his best friend. Find solace in the thought that Mary is watching over us all.
MaryAnn and Michael Kohl
November 30, 2011
We send our love and sympathy to Lisa and Brent and the girls, and to the entire family. When a loved one like Mary Lindjord has been so obviously blessed with respect and admiration and appreciation and love, these feelings ring like bells with each expression that come forth. I hear those bells ringing and ringing and I believe she does too. What a wonderful life she has lived!
November 29, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Wow, what a beautiful lady...inside and out. Thank you for writing wonderful memories of her. Much love, Suzanne Hart
November 27, 2011
My heart is breaking for Harald, Steve, Theone, Marissa,Tegan, Stephanie and Lisa and their families. i have had the honor of spending an hour every week sometimes more with Mary for 24 years. i would as she would say "Kid make me beautiful." and i would respond by saying "You already are beautiful so just pay me now and you can sit and have coffee with me and talk." truth is it was Mary who made me more beautiful in Spirit and Faith.It was because of her I renewed my Faith in God. She has been my mentor, my friend, and as she would sometimes say "Kid, listen to your other Mother." I moved to Spokane area 11years ago,but have continued to drive back to Edmonds every week to work in the salon.People always say, " must be something pretty special that makes do that crazy drive every week, even in the ice and snow. my response was always, it's not something special, but someone special. Mary is the reason i made that long drive every week. she hated it when i was gone and would always say" you can never quit coming over here til I die", and my response was "well, you can never die so i guess we will be doing this for eternity." Sadly when i went to see her with my heart breaking before she passed, i had to release her of her end of the contract. i know she is in Heaven with our Loving Saviour and her son Norm. though it pains me grately to lose her, i know i will see her again.
"Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of Heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light." James 1:17 My Mary you were my river of light sent from Heaven. I love you, I thank God for you, and I will miss you... til we meet again.
November 27, 2011
Mary will be so missed around Ronald UMC. She was such a wonderful lady, so kind and so sweet. We know that you are in the hearts and thoughts of each member of Ronald. We Loved You, God Bless
Ken & Corky Mayberry