Marilyn Jeanne HARVEY

July 22, 1940February 11, 2018

Marilyn Jeanne Harvey, a lifelong resident of Snohomish, died peacefully on February 11, 2018, after a brief struggle with cancer. Born July 22, 1940, she was the daughter of Eldon Noble Harvey and Marjorie K. (MacLeod) Harvey. In her younger years, Marilyn was a song-leader and percussionist in the band at Snohomish High School. She was also a member of 4-H and was an FFA Chapter Sweetheart (princess) while showing white-faced Hereford cattle. As an adult, when one of her father’s herd ended up with an orphaned calf, Marilyn would raise the calf at her home. Of course, the calf would become like family to her and there were always tears when it came time to re-introduce the calf to the herd. In her 20's and early 30's, Marilyn ran the operations of Harvey Airfield, one of her parents’ businesses. If you were at the airport you may have seen her in the office directing air traffic, handling the bookwork, overseeing the flight school, or fueling airplanes when no 'gas-boy' was available. Her spunky personality and infectious good humor lead to many laughs and practical jokes with the customers and staff. Marilyn and her mother Marjorie also had fun together preparing and serving meals for the many banquets held at the airport. Her aeronautical experience eventually led Marilyn to Paine Field, where she accepted a position managing the operations of Willard Flying Service. To Marilyn, the highlight of her years at the airports was building relationships with the pilots and their families. Many became lifelong friends. In her forties, Marilyn bought Airial Hot Air Balloon Company. She successfully ran the company for more than 30 years. She was a dedicated fan of the Seahawks and Mariners, devoted much effort to the SHS Class of ’58 reunions, and stayed in close contact with many of her classmates. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Eldon and Marjorie, and her younger brother, Richard N. (Dick) Harvey. She is survived by her loving sister, Donna Harvey, sister-in-law Kandy Harvey Stiffler, her daughters Shannan Sorensen and Marilana Lacey, and the light of her life, granddaughter Bronte Shannan Lacey, as well as nieces and nephews Claire, Laurie, and Cheryl Capriola and Lance, Heather, Tyson, and Preston Harvey and their families, all with whom Marilyn had special relationships. She will be dearly missed by all. A private family graveside service will be held at GAR Cemetery in Snohomish. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial reception at Marilyn's home on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 1-4 pm.


  • Graveside Monday, February 19, 2018

Marilyn Jeanne HARVEY

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Steffen Schmidt

July 12, 2018

Oh Merkker! I didn't even know. Now I understand why you didn't respond. I am so deeply saddened to find out this way that you have gone home. Shannon, Shellie, Bronte, I am so sorry for your loss. I am so sorry I didn't know. I will never forget the first day I met you Marilyn, you invited me into your home with your always open, loving and kindest of hearts. Soon there after you housed me, you fed me, you employed me and you became my american mom! Through all my struggles you were there for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Oh how I miss you....until we meet again my dearest friend and american mom. I love you.

February 21, 2018

I have such happy memories of Marilyn and you girls, Shannon and Shellie. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. God Bless. Dot Kendall Lien

February 20, 2018

Marilyn the valley won't be the same without you. I will miss seeing your smiling face. Rest in peace my friend. Bobbie: & Wayne Thompson

Daryl Buhr

February 18, 2018

RIP o'l friend, always will remember the days carpooling to Paine Field in your Red Corvette!

Nancy Hagaman

February 14, 2018

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Billie Patterson

February 14, 2018

I met Marilyn in 1973 when I went to work for her. We became quick friends and have remained friends ever since. She is one of the kindest people I have ever known. Until we meet again. Love, Billie