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Marjorie Ruth (Bruns) Schilling, 82, a 20-year Shelton resident, passed away on July 14, 2016 due to leukemia. She was born in Japan on December 3, 1933 to Regina Buss Bornn and Bruno Bruns, who were missionaries there prior to WWII. She and her family moved to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in 1940, where she graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School in 1951. She next attended Hope College, Holland, MI for two years and then went on to Cornell University School of Nursing in New York City, NY, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956. In 1979, she obtained her Geriatric Nurse Practitioner degree from California State University, Long Beach.
She married Rex E. Schilling, from Hillsdale, MI, in June 1956 and together, they had 5 children. After Rex graduated from Michigan State University in 1959, the family traveled extensively, as Rex was employed by Sperry Corporation, which had the contract to provide navigation equipment on U.S. Navy nuclear submarines. They lived in many locations on both the east and west coasts, and really enjoyed a two year stay in Guam. They settled permanently in the Pacific Northwest in 1981 and lived in Shelton from 1992 to 2015.
With her nursing degrees, she worked in several hospitals during her travels, and taught Geriatrics, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Emergency care while at the University of Guam. Side trips were made from Guam to Truk and Ponape to teach basic nursing to the local nurses. She retired from the Washington State Aging and Adult Services Administration in 1998 after working many years as a Nursing Home Inspector. In her final 9 years at AASA she was the Training Coordinator for the Nursing Home Inspectors and Nursing Care Consultants for the entire state.
Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Leonard; one son, Michael, aged 43; a daughter, Linda, aged 10 weeks; and a grandson, Brent, aged 1 day. In addition to Rex, she is survived by her twin sister Marlene Robbert, and her family in Portage, MI.; her sister-in-law, Joan Bruns, and her family in Burlington, VT; sons Chuck (Laura) of Tacoma, WA John (Connie), of Vacaville, CA; and daughter Ruth (Lee) of Vancouver, WA. Marjorie is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 12 greatgrandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Michael's wife, Teri, lives in Bruneau, ID.
Marjorie enjoyed playing and watching sports, traveling, and reading. She was a member of Shelton Christian Church, where she continued her nursing skills by being a part of three mission teams to Haiti. She was also a board member of Habitat for Humanity of Mason County for many years.
A celebration of Marj's life will be held on Saturday, July 23, 1PM at Shelton Christian Church, 115 W. Arcadia, Shelton. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family suggests that memorial donations may be made to Shelton Christian Church or Habitat for Humanity of Mason County.
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