March 22, 1934 — Sept. 28, 2017
After a tough fight with cancer, Marlene Wournell passed away Sept. 28 in her home surrounded by family.
Marlene was born March 22, 1934, in Blaine, Minnesota, to Axel and Cleo Nelson. She grew up on a farm and attended school in Minnesota.
The family moved to Washington state, where Marlene met and married Ed Wournell in 1950. They later moved to Astoria, where they worked and raised their family. Marlene was a very active member of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Marlene had a great spirit for life. She loved to cook and bake, and gardening and flowers were her passion. She was also an avid reader and beautiful seamstress. She was funny and warm, and welcomed everyone into her home as family. You would never leave her home hungry.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandy (Scott) Rabe of McMinnville and Debbie (Rod) Solum of Astoria; seven grandchildren, Eddie Jones and his wife, Emily, of Astoria, Heather Draper of McMinnville, Michelle Chattick and her husband, Shawn, of Astoria, Shannon Rabe of Beaverton, Paul Jones of Klamath Falls, Chris Kane and his wife, Dagmar, of Anchorage and Steven Kane of Hawaii. She was also blessed with 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, and a daughter, Linda Kane.
A celebration of her life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Clatsop Post 12 American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lower Columbia Hospice or the American Legion in Astoria.