Marian Marguerite Manzari passed away at her Mercer Island home surrounded by family on October 2, 2017, at the age of 98.
Marian was born February 17, 1919 in Livingston, MT to parents Alice and Wallace Comstock. She married her childhood sweetheart, Joe Manzari, in 1939. She and Joe moved to Bozeman, MT where she studied art at Montana State University.
Returning to Livingston after WWII, she and Joe raised their family and were active in the life of the community, participating in politics and parlaying their love of ballroom dancing into a part-time career as dance instructors.
Marian and Joe moved to Mercer Island in 1967, where she was a member of the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, served as president of Welcome Wagon and completed docent training at the Seattle Art Museum. She was active in politics all her life, working behind the scenes to elect people she thought best for our country.
Her passion for the arts was a common theme in her activities and she was a patron of the symphony and opera for many years. Her design talent and creativity in all she did was an inspiration to family and friends. She was an avid reader, with an insatiable curiosity and a fondness for great conversation. She loved to entertain and did a wonderful job of sharing so much of herself with family and friends. Her talents, thoughtfulness and friendship will be greatly missed.
Marian was preceded in death by her husband, Joe. She is survived by 5 children: Jim Manzari, Kay Chase, Anne Huggins, David (Ann) Manzari and Debbie Gardner; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
A Memorial will be held at 2:00 PM, October 14 at Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Donations may be made to Washington Talking Books or Doctors Without Borders.