Mary Morrison Thomsen
Mary Morrison Thomsen, East Wenatchee, formerly of Wenatchee and Quincy, 77 years, died on May 8, 2015, from complications after a heart attack and other health issues from a serious automobile accident that occurred in 2006.
Born on Aug. 17, 1937, in Wenatchee, Mary was the daughter of James “Irl” and Lou “Ellen” Morrison, granddaughter of early Quincy pioneers JB and Livingotha Morrison and Frank and Maude Petrak, all of Quincy.
Mary grew up on the family homestead in Quincy and attended Quincy schools, graduating from high school in 1955. She was a graduate of Washington State College (now known as WSU), where she earned a degree in education with a specialty in home economics.
In 1958, Mary married her childhood sweetheart John James “Jim” Thomsen of Mansfield at Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee. The two had met when they were 9 and 10 years old attending 4-H camp at Camp Delaney. Together the couple completed their college education at WSU. Their family increased with the addition of three daughters, Beth, Debbie and Brooke.
Over the years, Mary encouraged her girls in the pursuits of many interests, including reading, gardening, bird watching, raising and showing rabbits and sheep, spinning, weaving and quilting. With friends and companions, the family explored the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains, camping, hiking and fishing.
Throughout her life, Mary pursued a variety of interests revolving around her family and the community. During the time the family lived in Edmonton in Alberta, Canada, Mary taught at the University of Alberta and was very active in the Girl Guides of Canada, serving as a troop leader. She was actively involved in 4-H for many years as a 4-H member, leader and judge at numerous county fairs. While living in Kirkland, Mary was a volunteer at the Seattle Art Museum and presented “Treasure Box” programs to school children.
Because of her interest in preserving and interpreting regional history, Mary served on the Grant County Centennial Committee. She also worked as museum director at the Grant County Historical Museum in Ephrata and later at the North Central Washington Museum in Wenatchee, where she enjoyed her work writing, editing and publishing articles and various publications for the museum, as well as helping to plan and promote museum events. She also greatly enjoyed giving tours of the museum to visitors and helping to judge papers written by Cashmere School District middle school students as part of the Corps of Discovery Program.
Mary was a member of the American Association of University Women. She was also a member of the North Central Washington Quilt Guild for more than 25 years, and, after her accident, the Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Irl and Lou Ellen Morrison; her husband, Jim; and her brother, James Albert “Jim” Morrison.
She is survived by her daughter, Beth Miracle, and son-in-law, Charlie Miracle; her grandson, Jim Miracle; her daughter, Debbie Koehnen, and son-in-law, Mark Koehnen; her granddaughters, Fiona and Ellie Koehnen; her daughter, Brooke Halvorson, and son-in-law, Tom Halvorson, along with Tom’s son, JT Halvorson, and his wife, Anna, and their son, Kevin Halvorson; her brother and sister-in-law, Leroy and Cindy Thomsen; her nephews Darel, David and Dallas Thomsen; and her aunts, numerous cousins and many friends.
You are invited to leave messages for Mary’s family on her on-line guestbook at www.telfordschapel.com.
Graveside services at the Quincy Cemetery will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015, and will be followed by a memorial service celebrating Mary’s life at 3 p.m. at Saddlerock Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Wenatchee.
The family has requested that memorial donations be given in Mary’s name to the Quincy Valley Historical Society Museum or Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, or to a charitable foundation of your choice.