Marilyn LaVon McMaster of Oakville passed away on February 26, 2013, in Olympia. She was 79. Marilyn was born on May 30, 1933, in Atwood, Kansas, to Raymond and Ezelle (Loker) Bosler. Her family moved to eastern Grays Harbor County in 1940 living in McCleary, Elma and Oakville. After graduating from Oakville High School as co-valedictorian in 1951, she married Collin McMaster at the United Methodist Church of Elma.
They purchased a 60 acre dairy farm on Fords Prairie near Porter in 1958. Marilyn was actively involved with the day to day farming operation and was instrumental in its success. Before selling the dairy herd in 1986, they became one of the leading dairies in the county. In 1963, they were recognized by the Grays Harbor Soil and Water District as the Conservation Farmer of the Year. Marilyn belonged to the Sharon Grange for over 50 years. She was known for making her excellent lemon pies for their annual oyster feed.
She enjoyed cross stitch, flower and vegetable gardening and preparing excellent meals for her family, friends and neighbors for all occasions. She loved following the events and activities of her children and grandchildren. She showed fairness to all, exemplified by changing spectator sides every half inning as her grandsons competed against each other in baseball. A special joy came to her by being with her great-grandchildren. She sent cards to others for all occasions, never forgetting to place a small red heart on the envelope. Her generosity helped unnumbered individuals and organizations throughout her life.
Marilyn is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Collin; three children, Raymond (Susan) McMaster of Elma, Michael McMaster of Oakville and Lynn (Kurt) Lubbe of Montesano; her brother, Darrell (Betty) Bosler and sister, Joylene (Fred) Moe, both of Oakville and sister, Linda (Tom) Easton of Elma; four grandchildren, Tiffany (Mike) Osgood, Heather (Matt) Stacy, Vance Lubbe and Collin McMaster; two great-granddaughters, Addelyn Osgood and Kaylee Stacy, along with many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will take place from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2013, with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday both at the Montesano Church of God located at 317 E. Spruce Avenue followed by a graveside service at Masonic Cemetery in Elma. In lieu of flowers the family requests to give to the charity of your choice.
To sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com . Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.