Marcia Parks passed away at home on November 12th at 1:45am, in the arms of her husband Tom of 49 ½ years and surrounded by her loving children, Tricia, Jeff, and Joe. Marcia was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Aug 26th and had undergone 3 rounds of chemotherapy which proved ineffective. The cancer had spread to her liver, back & lungs, causing severe respiratory issues which finally overcame her.
Marcia was born in Seattle on December 10, 1947 to Ed & Gert Latschaw. They resided in North Beach. She graduated from Ballard High School in 1966 and attended the University of Washington earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting along with her teaching certificate. She taught at Bothell High School (1972-79) & Edmonds Community College.
Marcia waited patiently for 2 ½ years for Tom to return from Vietnam & get out of the Marine Corp so they could start their lives together. They were married June 20, 1970. They were blessed with their first child, Tricia 11/4/74, followed by Christopher (11/6/79 – 3/14/80), Jeff 10/26/82, and Joseph 12/23/83. Marcia became the bookkeeper and CFO of the family crab fishing business and was instrumental in creating the KBO fishing co-op which managed the deliveries of crab quotas to the processors.
Marcia was the Heart and Soul of our family and was always available to help & support anyone that needed it. She always had a positive attitude, a big heart, was generous with her time and organized beyond belief. She loved to travel, taking annual trips to Hawaii, Mexico, and Ohio along with 3 trips to Europe and a memorable trip to Iceland this past May where she traced her roots, saw where her ancestors were from and met with distant family relatives. She was planning a hiking trip to Japan in April. Walking was her passion. She usually walked 4 miles every morning, rain or shine, through Edmonds (before her husband even got out of bed). Marcia was an avid reader; love stories and suspense novels were her favorite. She also enjoyed the “Best of Broadway” productions at the Paramount, as well as, attending Seahawk games as a season ticket holder since their inaugural season. She loved spending her summers at Juanita & Glen Cove (her childhood cabin), where she enjoyed family time, boating and relaxing under her canopy with her latest book.
Marcia taught us that material things don’t matter, what is truly important is spending quality time with your family. She loved being a grandma and spending time with her 5 grandkids; Camron(12), Brooklyn(8), Kaitlyn(8), Nate(8) & Stella(6), as well as her 3 adult children Tricia (Scott), Jeff, and Joe(Kelli).
Marcia had so much to live for and so much more to give. We are devastated that her life was cut short. She was an amazing wife, mom, grandma and friend. We were all blessed to have had her in our life, she will truly be missed!
A memorial service will be held at Becks Tribute Center in Edmonds, Sat. Nov. 23rd at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or the American Cancer Society.