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April 18, 1927 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Marijean (MJ) Kluth, 96, passed into glory to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, January 18, 2024 in Prosser, WA. She is in heaven and enjoying all the promises of being with her loved ones who were waiting for her. Her passing is a joy for those who have been expecting her and a source of great sadness for those who will miss her unique laugh and smile. Jesus says,“Let not your heart be troubled. You are trusting God, now trust in me. There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am.” John 14:1-3
Marijean was born in Toppenish, WA on a spring day in April, 1927. She grew up on a farm in the Belma district (Grandview) and attended a country school which provided many happy memories for her. She loved school but did not like to ride the horse to get there. She excelled at spelling bees and was so good at playing baseball that she was given a place on the boys baseball team! MJ was very good at athletic events and truly loved a good challenge. She was the youngest of five children and enjoyed being the “baby.” Her siblings would tell stories of her and how she was the favored one on many occasions. She loved her nieces and nephews and showed great affection and interest in their lives. She loved being outside working on the farm with her father and could drive a tractor and bind hay with the best of them. She graduated from Grandview High School in 1944 and worked as a bookkeeper for Smith and Judd hardware store for a while. She met Luvern Kluth and they were married in 1945. She married a farmer and loved to work on the farm as a “right hand man.” MJ was a woman of many talents and was very fond of growing flowers and always had beautiful flowers around her house. She and dad were busy with farming, sports (especially Seattle Seahawks), church activities, and later on did some traveling to Australia. After the passing of Luvern in 1985, MJ discovered the joy of quilt making from pieces of material and made hundreds of quilts and gave them away as gifts. She began traveling to China, Poland, Germany, Italy, France, and Austria. She loved to see other cultures and explore new places. Marijean always had a lot of energy and had to be on the go so no moss grew under those feet. Unfortunately, she suffered a devastating attack of vertigo which lasted for 15 years until she developed dementia and could not remember ever having it. She also had Covid 19 two times, the first in 2020 before the vaccine was ready.
MJ was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Luvern Kluth of Grandview, her parents, Floyd and
Gladys (Stow) Clark, and all of her siblings, Franklin Clark, Janette Jones, Velda (Teddy) Brim, and Floyd Clark Jr. Marijean is survived by her son, William Kluth (Judy) of Boring, OR and a daughter, Joanne Vining (Marvin) of Grandview, WA and two grandchildren, Lindsey Clinton (Steve) of Selah, WA and Kirk Vining (Sarah) of Grandview, WA. Her blended family also includes two granddaughters, Kim Locken (David) of Walla Walla and Kara Johnson (Ken) of Fairview, OR plus five great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren. GG, as she was affectionally called, was always fun to be around and was blessed with a terrific sense of humor. She so enjoyed being around the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
We would like to thank the kind caregivers and staff at Amber Hills Assisted Living in Prosser, WA for their care, love, and community they gave MJ. Mom felt very safe and happy while living there and we especially thank Cookie, Beatrice, Hazel, Denise, and Thomas. We also want to thank Hospice for their compassionate care by Esmeralda and Jazmine. They were always available to help mom with any problems. A Celebration of Life service will be held later in Grandview at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family requests that donations be made in Marijean’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church at 300 S. Euclid, Grandview, WA or to Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care at 204 W. 2nd St. Grandview, WA 98930. Those wishing to sign Marijean’s online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day------and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” 1 Timothy 4:7,8