MARION ELIZABETH MONSON VLADIMIROFF ~ Class of 1960
June 3, 1942 - August 12, 2006
Marion passed away August 12, 2006, at her home in Kennewick, WA after a valiant fight with cancer.
She was born in Salt Lake City, UT on June 3, 1942, daughter of Harold and Helen Monson.
She moved to the Tri-Cities in 1944, living first in Richland, WA and later in Benton City where
her parents owned an orchard. She graduated from BYU in 1965 and returned to teach in Kiona-Benton
High School after a short stint working on the Hanford site.
She married David Theodore Vladimiroff on December 29, 1966, settling in Richland until 1975 when
they moved to Anchorage, AK. She loved living in Alaska. She was thrilled by the beautiful scenery
and wildlife. She enjoyed having moose, bear and other creatures come into the yard, at least when
she was safely inside the house. They lived in Alaska until 1993 and have visited Alaska annually
since then. In 1993, Marion and Dave returned to the Tri-Cities where Marion was employed at the
Richland Public Library.
Marion was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she had been
Primary President, Young Women's President and Relief Society President. She had taught the adult
Sunday School class, volunteered at the Family History Center and at the Columbia River Temple.
Her family was her life and she loved being able to attend important milestones and events to
cheer on her husband, children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother Helen Monson. She is survived by her husband Dave,
daughter Susan DeFord and husband Doug and their children Daryl, Heather, Peter, Emily, Michael,
and Adam, of Kennewick, WA; daughter Dorene Farr and husband Eric and their children Jaide,
Zachary, and Eva, of Springfield, OR; son Rob and wife Shauna, of Springville, UT; son Brian and
wife Stacey and their son, Parker of Richland, WA. She is also survived by her father Harold
Monson and siblings Margaret Monson Page ('56), Annette Monson Pierce ('62), Vicki Monson Moore
('63), Lanny Monson, Kim Monson Poole, and Rick Monson. She will be greatly missed by the many
people who knew and loved her.
There was a viewing on Tuesday, August 15 from 5 to 7pm at Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Homes,
1401 S. Union St., Kennewick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family invites you to sign their online guest book at www.muellersfuneralhomes.com.
Published in the Tri-City Herald on 8/14/2006.