In Memory

Marilyn Smith (Ornes) - Class Of 1963

In Memory of
Marilyn A Ornes
June 14, 1945 - December 3, 2015

Marilyn Astrid Ornes (Smith), wonderful wife, mom and grandma, passed away December 3, 2015. A memorial service will be held in her honor on Saturday December 12, 10 am at Floral Hills in Lynnwood, WA. Born June 14, 1945 in Ketchikan, Alaska, Marilyn's family moved to Petersburg, Alaska when she was a young child. Marilyn graduated from Petersburg High School in 1963 and moved to Tacoma, Washington to attend University of Puget Sound. She met her husband, Kristen Ornes from Vikedal, Norway, in Seattle and they married September 30, 1967. They had three children and settled in Bothell, Washington. In 1988 Marilyn began working for Objective Medical Assessments Corporation and retired from there in 2010.
Marilyn's focus in life was her family. She was involved in all the school, sports, dance, church and music activities her children participated in. Family vacations were spent camping and enjoying nature as well as traveling to Alaska and Norway to visit relatives. Marilyn loved to sing and was part of the Norwegian Ladies Chorus for several years. In recent years she enjoyed spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren.
Marilyn is survived by her husband, Kristen Ornes, her three children, Anne-Marie (Theo) Diouf, Torgny Ornes and Jon (Erin) Ornes, her grandchildren Amelia Diouf, Nils Ornes and Hunter DeLeon, and her brother, Ted (Lynn) Smith. She is preceded in death by her parents, Margit and Ben Smith, her father-in-law Torgny Ornes, her brothers, Jim Smith and Tom Smith, her brothers -in-law Stein Ornes and Helge Ornes, her nephews, Rory Smith and Bryan Ornes and her niece Sine Olesen.
Memorials in Marilyn's name may be made to the Puget Sound Kidney Centers Foundation at


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12/04/15 06:11 PM #1    

Jean Pederson (Curry) (1966)

Prayers for the family of this wonderful, kind and caring gal.

She was maid of honor at Janice's wedding. 

12/04/15 08:35 PM #2    

Jean Reid (Ellis) (1965)

So sorry to hear this sad news.  I remember Marilyn from growing up as a very kind person.  She will be missed.

12/05/15 09:11 AM #3    

Signe Enge (Haltiner) (1963)

She definitely was all of the above. I will miss her.

12/05/15 12:33 PM #4    

Diane O'Donnell (White) (1963)

Marilyn and I were best friends in middle and high school.   I can safely say that I have never known a kinder, gentler, more forebearing person.  The news of her passing broke my heart.

I believe it can truly be said of her that she was as beautiful on the inside and she was on the out.

All my thoughts and prayers to her family.

See you on the other side dear friend.

Diane O'Donnell White


12/06/15 07:58 AM #5    

Pam Ohmer (Arney) (1963)

I remember the day she and her family moved into the Union Oil house.  I was riding my bike.  Not sure of the year but we were only in grade school.  We spent a LOT of time together through all those years, and I'm only sorry, we weren't in close touch as we got older.  She was fun, loyal, kind and loving.  I have so many memories.  You will be missed Marilyn, not only by your immediate family, but by all of us out here that loved you.  Go with God beautiful lady.


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