Marjorie Marie Hehnke Einspahr
Marjorie Marie Hehnke Einspahr entered Life on Aug. 8, 2015.
She was the youngest daughter of Ella (Rief) and John Hehnke of Grand Island, Neb. After receiving her college education, she taught school in Wilcox, Neb., where she met her husband, Harold. They had a son, Bruce, and a daughter, Ruth. They lived briefly in Idaho and eventually near Ephrata. A lifetime Lutheran, she attended Columbia Bible Church during her stay in the Tri-Cities.
Music was always an important part of her life, and she cherished the memories of family and friends gathered around the piano or organs, singing favorite hymns. She was a church organist for various congregations for 59 years.
After she was widowed, she turned her energies to volunteering, particularly enjoying transporting instructors for the blind to five small communities in Grant County, where blind citizens were taught essentials. After she and her daughter moved together in Arlington, she helped out at the food bank, and also helped fourth-graders develop their reading skills.
She will be remembered for her sense of humor, for finding a “plus” even in a minus situation. Her mottos were “Count your blessings, not your problems,” and “Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, so enjoy today.”
A few years after her daughter’s death, she moved to Kennewick to be near relatives. It was here she found rewarding work volunteering at the Kennewick General Hospital’s auxiliary. She has served as secretary, vice president and two terms as president; she was especially honored to be named Outstanding Volunteer in 1999. She was also an honorary member of the hospital’s foundation.
She is survived by her son, Pastor Bruce Einspahr, his wife, Marlene; special granddaughter, Trisha and husband Matthew Nelson; and great-granddaughters Ruth and Dotty. Preceding her in Life were her husband (1975) and her daughter (1985), her sister Georgia Perrine and her brother John Hehnke.
In lieu of flowers, it would please her that gifts be made to the Trios Auxiliary of the Trios Foundation, 900 S. Auburn St., Kennewick, WA 99336 or to a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at Columbia Bible Church, 202 S. Van Buren in Kennewick.
The family invites you to sign its online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.