Marian Frank
Marian Frank
Marian Frank
Marian Frank
Marian Frank
Marian Frank

Obituary of Marian Frank

"A life well lived, a legacy that endures, a love forever"

     Marian Marguerita Frank was born January 20, 1930 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana to Raymond Cosmo Bodenhorn and Anna Marguerita Augusta (Schmidt) Bodenhorn. She was the youngest of four children. 

     The family moved to Washington later in 1930 settling near the town of McCleary. She enjoyed going anywhere with her Daddy and spending time with her siblings. Marian attended schools in McCleary, Fife and Puyallup before moving to Arizona in 1946 and graduating from Phoenix Union High School in 1947. Even though she graduated in Phoenix, she always considered herself a Puyallup Viking. Marian always loved school and excelled in math and English, reminding us of grammar rules even weeks before she died.

     After graduation Marian returned to Tacoma and on June 22, 1948 met John Frank at the Kings Roller rink. They were married in Tacoma only four months later on November 2, 1948. They soon moved to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Two daughters were born to them--Diane and Barbara. Marian missed her family so in 1958 they moved back to Washington, settling in Tacoma. Johnny and Marian purchased their first home and she often said "I never dreamt that I'd live in the same home the rest of my life".

     Marian took an active interest in her daughters schooling including being their Camp Fire group leader, PTA, and secretary of the Jefferson Elementary bowling league. She was an excellent cook and knew how to stretch a dollar. The family enjoyed many camping trips, drives, days at the ocean or Mt. Rainier, and spending time with aunts, uncles and cousins. And we musn't forget watching countless Tacoma baseball games on Tightwad Hill!

     In 1967 Marian went to work at the University of Puget Sound as a cashier in the Student Union building (SUB) and remained there until retirement in 1992. She loved the students and they loved her. Because she was so good at memorizing meal ticket numbers and "catching" students who tried to eat without paying, the students affectionately called her "Hawkeye". The class of 1982 even dedicated a bench (which still stands) on the campus to her!

     In 1972 Marian and Johnny took up square dancing which afforded them more time for fun and travelling to festivals. They made many good friends during that time. 

     In the 1980's Marian and Johnny became grandparents to seven--six boys and one girl. For the rest of their lives, their greatest enjoyment came from celebrating all aspects of their grandchildren's lives and travelling by car to visit relatives all over the country. 

     After Johnny's death in 2002, Marian spent more time with her sister Dotty, volunteering at the Humane Society and monthly casino dates with her UPS Retiree friends.

     Marian passed away peacefully on March 11, 2018 at the age of 88 from natural causes. We are thankful she was able to remain in her own home with the help of "God's angel" Elizabeth Benson and daughters Diane and Barbara. The family also wishes to thank Franciscan Hospice for their guidance.

     Marian was preceded in death by her husband John Frank, her parents, brother Otto Bodenhorn, sisters Mildred Tronson and Dorothea Levy. She is survived by daughter Diane M. Parker (Gary) and their children Joel (Londa) (children Egan and Kiah), Colin, Ben and Hannah (Peter) Garland; daughter Barbara A. Hargrove (Mark) and their children Mason, Zach (his children Kaedence and Graham) and Simon; numerous nieces and nephews.

     Marian loved singing along to music on the radio. She was intelligent, meticulous, frugal yet generous, encouraging, gracious, humorous, honest and ...stubborn. In an essence, she was noble. 

     She tried to find the positive in every situation in her life, whether losing her mother to tuberculosis at age eleven and subsequently living in a TB Preventorium for a year, outliving her siblings, or being widowed. Her motto, which she learned from her father, was always "No matter how bad things are, they could always be worse". Which meant--look at what other people are going through and you'll realize that you are truly blessed and have nothing to complain about.

     We will celebrate Marian's life with a memorial service on Monday March 26, 2018 beginning at 1:30 pm at the New Tacoma Cemetery Evergreen Chapel, 9221 Chambers Ck. Rd. West, University Place, WA. Graveside committal following at Tacoma Cemetery, 4801 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA. We will then have a reception at the home of Gary and Diane Parker.