COLFAX — Mary Francis Wainamo-Morris, 94, passed away Jan. 1, 2016, in Colfax, Washington. She was born in Kirkland, Washington to Clarence and Agnes Jewell on April 22, 1921. She was raised in Kirkland and graduated from Lake Washington High School. She moved to Deep River, Washington with her children and husband, Arne, in 1949.
Her later years were spent in Astoria, Oregon until she moved to Colfax, in 2005 to live with her loving daughter, Anne Scott.
Mary was a talented and capable “Jack of all Trades” person. She trained and became a nurses aid, camp cook for early DNR firefighting crews, fire lookout, radar technician — alias “scope dope” at Naselle Radar Ridge, clerk at Appelo’s in Grays River and “fish lady” at Ocean Foods seafood market where she retired.
Always a lover of animals, she was never without her cats and/or dogs, which she always spoiled. She was known far and wide for her excellent cooking ability, especially her cakes, fruitcakes, cookies and pies. She took great pleasure and pride in instilling those same abilities in her children and grandchildren as they grew up.
A dedicated wife, mother and friend, Mary was loved by her family and friends; many of whom knew her as “Auntie Mame,” a character Rosalind Russell played in a movie by that same name. She was one who could be counted on in time of need to lend a helping hand or word of encouragement.
She was an avid traveler to places here in the lower 48 as well as Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. However, her favorite travel trips were to Europe, the United Kingdom and to her all time favorite, Jerusalem in Israel.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Agnes Jewell; sisters Edna Palmer, Ethel Jovag, Edith Osborn and brother Raymond Jewell; husbands, Alfred Nyberg, father of Allen Paul Wainamo and Anne Kristine Scott; the love of her life and Daddy to Allen and Anne, Arne Wainamo (“my Arne”); and Larry Morris, her traveling and retirement partner.
She is survived by sister, Helen Schumacher; son, Allen Wainamo (Ellie); daughter, Anne Scott; granddaughters, Ann Skud (Eric) and Shama Albright (Gregory); grandson Paul Wainamo (Heather); great-grandchildren, Bailey, Tyler and Claire Albright, Jamin and Mia Wainamo; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be a private, family memorial service and internment in Kirkland.