Maureen Joyce Maberry “Money,” age 88, passed away peacefully, with her loving family by her side, on July 4 at Lynden Manor.
Money was born to Victor and Esther Dessen in Tacoma, WA on November 15, 1932.
She had three sisters: Dolores Lockwood, Linda Greathouse, and Kathy Millar.
She acquired the nickname “Money” when her older sister could not pronounce Maureen. Money grew up and attended school in Tacoma.
She graduated from Stadium High School, a year ahead of schedule, in 1949.
While in school, Money enjoyed cheerleading, and was actively involved in various other clubs.
She loved school and loved to learn. Money continued her education at the University of Puget Sound on a full ride scholarship.
While at UPS, she met Jake, where he played basketball and she led cheer. They were married on August 30, 1952 and subsequently moved from Tacoma to Lynden after Jake accepted a teaching/coaching job.
Children followed; Money was a wonderful mother and homemaker to her five kids.
Money was involved with kids in so many ways; she had an open door and delicious food for anyone who showed up at her home.
She thoroughly enjoyed the students who were coached or taught by Jake and developed lasting relationships with many.
She delivered Jake’s lunch daily to his gym basement office, with enough extras to feed a small army- a highlight of the school day for many.
To say that Money was famous for her delicious cinnamon rolls is an understatement.
For decades, Money shared her great faith by teaching Sunday School and leading youth groups.
An important time in her faith life came when C.D. Weyerhauser paid for her to attend camp at the Young Life Ranch in Colorado Springs. She often recalled these camps as pivotal to her Christian faith.
Money worked tirelessly at the berry farm, keeping accounts current, scheduling, running errands, and even bringing kids a lunch if they forgot theirs.
She used the farm as yet another avenue to establish lasting relationships.
She allowed Christ’s love to shine through her daily in her interactions with employees.
An un-imaginable tragedy, Money’s father drowned when she was just two years old. It was a lifelong sorrow for her to not know her father, a loss that would shape and define much of her character.
However, despite adversity at such a young age, Money overcame.
She lived a full life, receiving well-deserved honors, such as induction into Lynden High School’s “Hall of Fame” and being named Lynden Tribune’s “Woman of the Year.”
It was her sheer determination and her great sense of humor that got Money through life’s many challenges.
She was the driving force behind many Maberry traditions, and the reason for endless laughter at family holidays.
She loved to host big Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations, but the Fourth of July was her day.
That she passed on the Fourth, can only be described as bittersweet.
Money was preceded in death by her husband Jake, her mother Esther and father Victor Dessen, mother and father-in-law Leonard and Blanche Maberry, two sisters Dolores Lockwood and Linda Greathouse, brother Phil Marbut, brother and sister-in-law Winfred and Kathleen Maberry, sister and brother-in-law Janice and Fran Likkel, and daughter-in-law Connie Maberry.
She is survived by her children Mike and Rose Maberry of Lynden, Marty and Debbie Maberry of Lynden, Monte Maberry of Lynden, Molly and Allen Brown of Lynden, and Mark and Christen Correll-Maberry of Silverdale, bonus son Feliciano and Martha Rodriguez and family of Lynden, 13 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and innumerable kids she has mothered over the years.
Money always said her family was her biggest accomplishment.
She was loved and adored by all, from her children down to her great grands; she had a special bond with each. She was a joy and delight to know.
We, her children, are immensely blessed to have been able to call her mom. We will miss you all our days, Mom. Wait for us and we’ll begin anew. We love you.
All are welcome to join the family in remembering Money at her Memorial service being held at North County Christ the King on Saturday, July 31 at 2 p.m.
Memorials may be made in mom‘s honor to the Lynden Scholarship Foundation P.O. Box 167, Lynden, WA 98264 Or: 400 5th Street, Lynden, WA 98264.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.