Marilyn Sandven

Marilyn Ann Sandven

October 20, 1935 — September 1, 2015

Marilyn Ann Sandven, 79, of Arlington Washington passed away on September 1, 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born October 20, 1935 in

Bellingham, Washington to Dora Goenen and Raymond Bell.

As a young girl, Marilyn’s mother remarried a man named Howard Grondahl. He bought her a palomino mare named

“Flicka Be Good”. Howard taught Marilyn all about horses and became her father for life. Over the years, Marilyn shared many memories and tales of adventure about her and her horse named Flicka. On the back of a 1947 photo she wrote, “If Flicka’s not in heaven, I don’t want to go there!” We’re sure she’s in heaven with Flicka right now…happy trails. At nineteen, she fell in love and married Marven Dale Sandven; they divorced in the 70’s and she remarried him again in 1985 (she really loved that man!). They spent many years together camping and traveling. Marilyn was a devoted wife and loving mother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marven Sandven; and infant son, Marven Sandven Jr. She is survived by her daughters, Doranna Nocula of Tenino WA, Joanne Walker of Arlington, WA and Janet Musga of Arlington, WA;

son and daughter in-law, Allen (Patsy) Sandven of Prosser, WA; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Howard Grondahl Jr. of

Desert Aire, WA; and her childhood and special friend for life, Clariette Carter of Sedro Woolley, WA.

At Marilyn’s request, no formal services are planned, but a “Celebration of Life” will be held at her daughter’s home at 21918 Jordan Road in Arlington, on Saturday, October 17th,

2015 from 1 p.m. to 4 pm.

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