Marilyn E. Gabelein

Marilyn Elise Fjeld Ga-

belein, 72, Clinton, Wash-

ington, formerly of Minot,

died Sunday, January 27,

2019 in an Everett, Wash-

ington hospital from a

blood clot.

Marilyn, the daughter of

James M. and Thelma

(Franklin) Fjeld of Doug-

las, was born June 12,

1946 in Minot. She at-

tended country school

and graduated from Minot

High School in 1964. She

married Verlane Gabelein

of Washington on No-

vember 12, 1965. They

were married 52 years un-

til his death in 2017.

She was the ultimate

nurturer and caregiver

who spent most of her

time gathering in those

who needed someone to

love or mentor them. She

symbolized kindness, in-

credible patience and

unwavering commitment

to family and friends. She

volunteered and donated

countless hours to the

south Whidbey Island

community. She was the

founder and leader of the

Knight Riders Horse 4-H

Club and earned many

state and local awards.

Being 100 percent

Norwegian, she was a

charter member of the

Daughters of Norway, Es-

ter Moe Lodge. She was

also a member of the

Holmes Harbor Rod and

Gun Club, Eagles, Useless

Bay Golf and Country

Club, American Legion

and the Whidbey Island

Fair Association.

She assisted her hus-

band in many business

ventures such as the car

wash, rental houses, vine-

yard, timber, cattle, water

systems, restaurants, mini

storage units and others.

Marilyn is survived by

her daughters, Elise Marie

(Adam) Gabelein, Emily

Jean (Jake) McDougall,

grandson, Konnor Verlane

McDougall, all of Clinton,

Washington; brother,

James T. (Marge) Fjeld

and sister, Debra Fjeld,

both of Minot, and

numerous relatives and

friends here and in Wash-


Marilyn is preceded in

death by her husband,

parents, in-laws and other

family members.

Funeral was Saturday,

February 2, 2019 at the

Bayview Cemetery, Clin-

ton, Washington. Memori

als are preferred to the

Marilyn and Verlane Ga-

belein Scholarship Fund,

2877 Cedar Spring Lane,

Clinton, Washington