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Mary Ellen Marling

July 2, 1922 to January 14, 2014 -


Mary Ellen Maidment Marling was born in Lonerock, Oregon to parents Charles Maidment and Maurine Huddleston Maidment. She graduated from high school in Condon, OR, class of ‘41. The following year she married Donald Arbogast of Waterville, WA, and he died on their first wedding anniversary while serving with the US Army Air Corp.

In 1946 she married Philip Harris, a lineman from Topeka Kansas, and they resided together in Oregon City, Oregon for 20 years where they raised four children. Phil died at age 48, and Mary returned to school to complete her nurses training at Portland Community College. She worked as an RN at Multnomah County Hospital until her retirement. In 1976 she married William Marling of Bakersfield, California. Mary and Bill traveled extensively with their travel trailer and enjoyed their retirement of 33 years together.

Mary is survived by sister Myrtle Potter of Condon, Oregon; brother Carl Maidment of Yuma, Arizona; daughters Donna Lee Arbogast Hazel and Maribeth Harris Vadney, step daughters Sharron Lee Harris Doel and Sue Marling Krause, step sons David Marling, and Greg Marling, grandson, Philip Vadney and many step grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Mary was preceded in death by husband Bill Marling, sons Spencer Harris and Todd Harris and brother Lyle Maidment.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 at Gilman Park Assisted Living Facility, 2205 Gilman Dr, Oregon City. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting.