Alice Marlene Abshire peacefully passed to the welcome of her Savior and into the arms of her loving husband Roy, who preceded her in death, on Saturday evening, September 22, 2018 at Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick. Marlene was born in Aberdeen, Washington to Duncan and Hattie Eddy on January 11, 1934. She married her childhood sweetheart, Roy Abshire, on June 7, 1951 and promptly moved to Prosser where she made her home until she moved to Brookdale Canyon Lakes in Kennewick for living assistance one year ago.
Marlene is survived by her three children and their spouses: Roy Abshire and his wife, Sally; Karen Abshire Brahs and her husband, Steve; and Dana Abshire Andrews and her husband Scott. Nine grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren blessed Marlene’s life and also survive her. The grandchildren are Chris Brahs, David Brahs, Daniel Andrews, Katy Andrews Isley, Emily Andrews Barnhart, Brian Andrews, Charles Andrews, Becky Abshire Avella, and Benjamin Abshire. She is also survived by her beloved niece, Muriel Swanson, and her best friend of 65 years, June Rice, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceding Marlene in death were her parents, Duncan and Hattie Eddy, four brothers and four sisters.
Family and friends will always remember Marlene’s participation in and love of the Rolling Hills Chapter of Sweet Adelines as well as her unique gift of making a house a home. The family wishes to express special thanks to Marlene and Zorida Vargas who gave her such special love and care. Additional thanks are expressed to the Brookdale Canyon Lakes staff and for the compassionate assistance to Marlene and the family at Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick.
Grave side services will be held on Monday, October 1, 2018 at 9:30 AM at East Prosser Cemetery with a Celebration of Life Service to follow immediately after at 10:30 AM at Friendship Baptist Church in Prosser. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Life Options, Chaplaincy Hospice House in Kennewick. Those wishing to sign Marlene’s online memorial may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.