died February 18, 1993, at Mercy Hospice House in
after a courageous fight against cancer.
She was able to live
in her own home until February 11, 1993, thanks to the
Hospice Program and the personal care of her daughter, Nancy
her request, there will be no services.
under the direction of the Alsip Funeral Chapel,
Marian was born
April 11, 1917, near Moyie Springs,
Idaho, to P.J. and Josephine
Richardson LaFountain. Marian
spent her early years in remote logging camps owned by her
father. She was
unable to attend school until the age of eight.
However, thanks to
the teaching of a favorite bachelor uncle, Ned LaFountain,
she was able to catch up to her peers when she finally
attended a "real" school. She
graduated from Bonners Ferry
High School in 1935 as
class valedictorian. Uncle Ned also taught her songs and
rhymes in French.
Marian married R.W. "Dick" Mesenbrink February 1,
1935, in Bonners Ferry.
Mom remembers traveling for 3 days and 3 nights
by train in early 1942, with 4 children under age 5, to join
her husband in Southern California
where he had a defense related job.
She says the trains
were full of soldiers who helped her with the three little
girls as her son was less than 6 months old.
Another daughter and
son were born during the war years in California. Mom
worked outside the home in office jobs as well as raising
her six children, and we were lucky to have Grandma and
Grandpa Mesenbrink to help out.
They later moved
CA, and Colville,
WN, before returning to Bonners Ferry in 1950.
She was employed
as secretary-bookkeeper for Walt Casey at Ford Garage and
later at Ace of Clubs in Bonners Ferry.
In 1954, she went to
work for Boundary County Auditor's Office.
Marian, a life-long
Democrat, was elected to the position of Boundary County
Auditor and served in that position for over 20 years, being
re-elected every four years.
In 1977, she was
asked to come to Boise to work for Majorie
Ruth Moon in the State Treasurer's Office.
She was flattered
that anyone would want to employ her as she was over 60
years old. It was
quite an adventure for her and Dick, who had retired several
years previously, to sell their home and leave family and
friends after 27 years and begin a new life in southern Idaho.
In 1979, Marian retired for good.
They purchased a
mobile home behind their daughter Kay's house in
They really enjoyed
their retirement years, traveling and wintering in
with many trips to family reunions and to see their
"scattered" children, and of course trips back “home" to
Bonners Ferry. Dick
grew a huge garden and they both enjoyed canning, freezing
and jam and jelly making.
In 1986, they
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in
and were so proud that all their living children and
grandchildren, except Darren who was in the Navy, were able
to attend, as well as many friends and other relatives
including Dick's brother and 3 sisters.
Her husband of 51
years died in October 1987 at home in
Marian is survived
by four daughters, Kay and Jerry Moorhead of Caldwell, Nancy
Plumlee of Nampa, Lynne Derr of Walnut Creek, CA, and
Jeannie and Jim Littleton of Spokane, WA; 1 son, James "Jim"
Mesenbiink and wife, Bernice of Nampa.
She is also survived
by 15 grandchildren, Julie (Moorhead) and husband Earl
Wangelin of Nampa, Jody and wife, Tina Moorhead of Caldwell,
Jay Moorhead of San Francisco, CA, Terry (Plumlee) and Kelly
Woodward of Spokane, Jim and wife, Kelli-Marie Plumlee of
Spokane, Shellie Plumlee - or Portland, OR, and Mike
Plurnlee of Spokane, Darren Derr of Clovis, CA, Christine
(Derr) and husband, Eric Strand of Oakland, CA, Shawn and
wife, Diane Mesenbrink of Idaho Falls, Richard Mesenbrink of
Caldwell, Vince Littleton of San Francisco, CA, Stacie
(Littleton) and husband, Doug Rice of Spokane, Tony and
wife, Jane Mesenbrink of San Antonio, TX, and April
Mesenbrink of Nampa.
She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren who
called her Gi-Gi; Timmy, Danny and Kaylee Wangelin, children
of Julie and Earl; Joey, Allie and Veronica Moorhead,
children of Jody and Tina; Nathan and Jessica Woodward,
children of Terry and Kelly; Gary and Ian Plumlee, children
of Jim and Kelli-Marie; Shawnelle and Melissa Mesenbrink,
daughters of Shawn and by Michelle Mesenbrink, daughter of
Tony and Jane. Marian
is also survived by one brother, Kenneth LaFountain of Coeur
d'Alene; a cousin, Dorothea LaFountain Mesenbrink of Moyie
Springs; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins,
including a very special niece Delores "Done" and husband,
Gene Baker of Bonners Ferry, and their children Toni, David
Besides her husband, Dick, she was preceded in death by a
beloved son, R.W. "Dick" Mesenbrink Jr.; her parents; 1
sister, Viola Kestler; and 1 son-in-law, Rex Plumlee; as
well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be
made in Marian's name to Mercy Hospice House, c/o Hospice
Office, 111 3rd Street So., Nampa,