Marlene Doris (Schil-ling) Boone, of Oak Harbor, Wash., passed peacefully in her sleep Sept. 14, 2019, after a lengthy battle with respiratory failure and heart and kidney failure.
She was born Oct. 9, 1938, in Dortmund, Germany to Johanas and Maria Schilling.
She moved to San Francisco, Calif., in 1961, where she met Richard Boone. They married in 1964. The Navy brought them to Oak Harbor in 1972. They divorced in 1984, and Marlene raised their two boys by herself, often working several jobs at a time to support their family.
Marlene was a fixture in Oak Harbor as a cosmetologist for more than 40 years. She also worked at Sears in Oak Harbor for many years.
She was usually the loudest in the room with her laughter, and was loved by many. Her accomplishments were many, including flying private planes with her former husband and traveling Europe before coming to the United States.
She has touched so many lives over her years in Oak Harbor and been the acting mother to many. Marlene was good at letting you know how she felt about things.
Marlene was preceded in death by her parents and former husband. She is survived by her sons, Michael Boone, of Newport, and Eric Boone and his wife, Jennifer, of Oak Harbor; grandchildren, Barrett and Macayla, of Newport; brothers, Wolfgang and Herbert; and sister, Ursula, in Germany.
Per her wishes, Marlene’s ashes will be spread at her favorite locations in the Pacific Northwest. A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the West Beach Day Use Shelter, Deception Pass State Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WAIF Animal Shelter.