Obituary for Marjorie Emard (Haek)
Marjorie Louise Haek Emard
(October 27, 1922 – April 11, 2015)
Marjorie Louise Haek Emard, died surrounded by her family on April 11, 2015 at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Washington at the very young age of 92 years. She was born at home on her father’s homestead in Central Park, Grays Harbor, Washington on the 27th of October 1922. Her parents, Joseph Peter Haek and Jessie Lowena Chamberlin, both of Linn County, Oregon moved to Central Park in 1920. Joseph Haek “helped name Central Park” according to Marjorie. She stated, “The few families here got together and since it was half-way between Montesano and Aberdeen, and there was a park right next door to our house, they decided that name would be appropriate.” Even after her marriage to Douglas Neal Emard on December 13, 1941, Doug and Marjorie continued to live on the family’s homestead. At one time, all of her five siblings and their spouses and children also lived on the land. During that period, many Sunday dinners were spent together with the entire family, each family taking turns hosting all the rest. Part of Marjorie and Doug’s home, the second oldest in Central Park, was once the Haek’s barn.
Marjorie met her future husband, Douglas Emard, when his family moved to Central Park in 1934. In January of 1941, she was walking to the grocery store, and he rode up on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He asked her if she wanted to go for a ride, and Marjorie accepted. So began a year-long courtship, riding every day in all kinds of weather. Horses were one of her most significant passions, evidenced by her engagement ring being a white Arabian gelding named “Frisco”. Plans to be married in apple-blossom time (May of 1942) changed to an earlier wedding when World War II called Douglas away. At one point in his several years’ absence, Marjorie was delivered papers saying he had been killed in action. Fortunately, a mistake of names had been made and Douglas ultimately arrived home safely with a Purple Heart for being wounded by machine gun fire.
Marjorie worked as a waitress at Grays Harbor Country Club for 17 years, and spent much of her free time working on two other loves – gardening and art. Marjorie painted all her life, and since the 1970’s had been a professional wildlife artist on the harbor, participating in numerous art shows and galleries. She also attended invitational art shows in various locations including CA.
Age was never able to dampen Marjorie’s spirit, passions, or energy. When Marjorie turned 80 years old, she asked longtime friend, Chuck Greninger, for a ride on his Harley. He was more than happy to oblige, and she requested that he punch it to 80 miles an hour for her 80th birthday celebration.
Her life was a garden of love for all who knew her. Gardening was a lifelong passion for Marjorie, evidenced in her creatively beautiful gardens and lawn. She had a habit of finding beauty in things that most people would call weeds, and that talent extended to her relationships with those around her. She planted unconditional love everywhere she went and nurtured the hearts of those around her, many of whom cherished her as a “mother”. She had a magnetic and fiery personality, inspiring admiration and respect with little effort. Her strength and resilience paired well with her pragmatic approach to life, and formed the foundation for her graceful and optimistic handling of all physical and emotional challenges. Her inner strength was rivaled only by her physical strength and beauty. At 92 years young, she lived independently, working in her garden hauling wheelbarrows full of gravel and creating beautiful works of art in her home studio. Without fail, she was known by all to be an elegant, beautiful, and energetic woman. At 5’ tall, Marjorie wore 3-inch heels as effortlessly as she hopped on the back of a motorcycle or rode a horse.
Marjorie’s life was also a testament to her passions for God and family. Marjorie and Doug’s marriage outlasted their wedding rings, with both of them needing replacement rings long before they reached their final and 69th wedding anniversary. They faithfully attended and served at Calvary Lutheran Church for many decades, and in later years Marjorie enjoyed attending and participating in activities at Central Park Baptist Church and at Calvary Chapel in Aberdeen.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents: Joseph Peter Haek Sr. and Jessie Lowena Chamberlin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Neal Emard on December 24, 2010; three siblings: Eldon E. Haek, Jack A. Haek, and Evelyn M. Haek White.
Marjorie is survived by her sister: Barbara Haek Pitts McFarland of Elma, and her brother: Joseph P. Haek Jr. of Aberdeen.
Her faith in God and intense love for family live on as a legacy seen in her son, 7 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She is survived by her only child, Michael James Emard Sr., who continues to live on the family’s original homestead. In addition to her son, she is survived by seven grandchildren: Michael James Emard Jr. of Aberdeen; Mardi Jolanda Emard-Colburn (Ryan) currently of Los Angeles, CA.; Matthew Joseph Haek Emard (Hannah) of WA, Marcus Joel Chamberlin Emard (Brandi) of WA, Miles Jordan Boland Emard of Aberdeen, Mylon Justin Douglas currently of Florida; and Moriah Jonelle Emard of Aberdeen. She is also survived by daughter-in-law Annette Emard living in Hoquiam, WA.
Marjorie’s Celebration of Life will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 18th at 11:00 am. Reception and time of remembrance will follow in the fellowship hall.
Arrangements are being made by Harrison Family Mortuary in Aberdeen, WA.
Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family’s online guestbook at www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com