Marlene (Aust) Martin passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 9, 2013. She had celebrated her 77th birthday in May. Marlene was a descendant of the pioneer Giesy/Crawford families that settled in Pacific County and the Aust/Rose families who settled in Lewis County. She was the daughter of Emil Aust and Helen Crawford Aust.
Marlene graduated from Valley High School in 1954. She much enjoyed the many reunions she was able to attend. She loved gardening, knitting, crocheting, and playing the piano. She was an accomplished seamstress, cook, and baker. Marlene was an Avon Lady for more than 45 years, a member of the Pacific County Dairy Wives, and leader of the Merry Dairy 4-H Club. She, along with her son Jerry, took over the family dairy farm after the unexpected death of her father in 1976. Marlene served for several years on the Pacific County Planning Board and spent many years as the cook at 4-H Camp in Nahcotta.
Marlene is survived by her five children and their spouses: Jeff and Donna, Joni and Mark, Jerry and Gayle, Jeanne and Brandt, and Julie and Tim. She had 13 grandchildren: Justin, Blake, Mia, Greg, Jill, Nicole, Katie, Josh, Kellie, Megan, Andrew, Jared, and Jamie, and 2 great-grandchildren: Madalyn and Brodie. She is also survived by her brother, Steven Aust and his children, Terri, Brian, and Michael. She had a special friendship with her cousin, Ann Aust Hornby.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at the Lebam Church. Please join the families in remembering Marlene with a potluck lunch afterwards. In lieu of flowers, please send any remembrances to the Pacific Count Historical Museum, The Aurora Colony Society or the Willapa Valley High School Scholarship Fund.