Mary Eby
(1933 - 2015)

Mary Eby

November 7, 1933

June 6, 2015

On June 6, 2015, Mary Lee (Satterfield) Eby, passed away peacefully at her home in Kenmore, WA, surrounded by her loving family after a 21 month battle with cancer.

Mary was born in Nortonville, KY on November 7, 1933. She grew up on a small family farm with her two sisters and brother. The family moved to Vancouver, WA in the early 1940’s. Mary was a kind sister who always took good care of her siblings.

It was Vancouver High School where Mary met the love of her life, Charles Eby. The couple married in November of 1950. Mary was 17 years old and Charles just 18 years old. They resided in Camas, WA for the first few years of their marriage, where they worked in the local papermill. Charles joined the Air Force in 1951 and while Charles was stationed in various places around the country and in France, Mary stayed with Charles’ parents in Camas and continued working in the papermill. After returning to the states, Charles was stationed in Reno, NV where Mary joined him. In March of 1955 they joyfully welcomed the birth of their first son, Terry. Returning to Camas after his discharge from the Air Force, they welcomed the birth of their second son Michael in October of 1956.

In 1957 the young family moved to Renton, WA after Charles accepted a job with the Boeing company. In October of 1963 they welcomed the birth of their third son, Alan. In 1969, the couple moved to the home they have lived in for the last 45 years in Kenmore, WA. It has been said by many people over the years that Mary and Charles were like newlyweds their entire lives, serving as wonderful role-models to all who aspired to have a lasting, loving, and happy marriage.

Mary was a wonderful mother, who worked hard every day to provide a stable, loving home for her family, and to take an active role in her children’s lives. Mary started a career with GTE as a long distance operator and service dispatcher. She retired after 20+ years with the company, where she made many life long friends, as well as being an exceptional employee.

Mary found great joy later in life with her family and many grandchildren. Retirement gave her more time to focus on keeping up with the interests and activities of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed spending time on the family’s property on the Washington coast. Since Mary and her two sisters had adjoining properties in Long Beach, WA, this was also the site of many fond family memories. Mary was beloved by all and will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her beloved husband Charles; her son Terry and daughter in law Elaine; her son Mike; her son Alan and daughter in law Melissa; her grandchildren Joshua, Charles, Alex, Erin, Megan Hunter and Nicholas; and her sister Jewel Eaton and brother in law Dennis Eaton.

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Dear Family of Mary,

I'm sorry that you are experiencing the mourning of losing a love one. Many if not all of us has experienced this, but I would like to share a brief scripture that will may just bring you comfort.

(Acts 24:15) "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous."

Thanks for reading.
Nate Sam (Neighbor)
August 18th, 2015
A close friend shared this poem with me recently:
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again.
Nick Eby (Grandson)
August 9th, 2015
I was so blessed to have met Mary a few years ago. She was one of several cousins that I had only heard about and was fortunate to meet very late in our lives. We initially became "acquainted" thru phone conversations, mail, and emails after one of her grandchildren came to her asking for help with a school project on her family history. Being the one back here in Kentucky who was addicted to genealogy she eventually found me and our friendship began. As fate would have it, she and Jewell made a trip to Kentucky after the death of their sister, Paralee. Plans were made to finally meet and spend some time together. What a joyous short time it was to share stories and get to know both of these ladies! Mary & hard to talk about one without the other. I was touched by their love for each other and the things they had experienced and shared. There was not nearly enough time to catch up on the years since they had left Kentucky as children, but I will always treasure that visit and the opportunity to spend time with my long lost cousins.
Janie Manasco (cousin)
July 20th, 2015
Dear Mary was a great women who was greatly loved by our family. She was always happy & positive whenever I saw her or heard what great attitude she always had. Especially fighting cancer she was always positive. She was funny, caring, loved her Charles, sisters, grandkids, and especially her kids. And of course Poco the dog... My mother-law Jewell loved her so much, they laugh together all the time, had stories, and really knew how to have a great time with them and their hubbies. To bad she lived to far away. Now without Mary, Jewell and Dennis have no more syblings which is terribly hard. I imagine it is hard on all that will miss her every day especially Charles. Dennis Jr. (nephew), I am sure who has many great memories with his Aunt Mary & his Uncle Charles. Our family will always love and miss her every day. We will always smile when we think of Aunt Mary with laughter and joy. Thank you for you. Hugs & kisses forever & ever.

Love always & Forever,
Dennis, Amy, Aydan, Alyssa, & Ava Eaton
Mrs. Amy Eaton (Dennis Eaton JR. wife)
July 9th, 2015
I am honored to pay tribute to Mary. She had this wonderful quality of making anyone around her feel welcome. Her smile and friendliness was always apparent. My thoughts and prayers are with Charles and the family at this time. God bless each and everyone who loved Mary.
Bonnie Eaton (friend)
July 7th, 2015
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