(Courtesy Photo) Marian Harris

(Courtesy Photo) Marian Harris

Marian Harris

June 16, 1940 - September 27, 2021

Marian Harris was born June 16, 1940, to Ellen and Walter Obackka in Cedar Valley, Minnesota. She passed away on September 27, 2021. Marian grew up in Walla Walla, Washington, and lived on Vashon Island for many years. She lived in the Seattle area for most of her life.

Marian was a creative food entrepreneur all of her adult life, starting a number of businesses including her last, Partners, a tasteful choice company. She was inducted into the Specialty Food Association’s Hall of Fame in 2016, which “honor(s) individuals whose accomplishments, impact, contributions, innovations, and successes within the specialty food industry deserve praise and recognition.”

She was an excellent cook and enjoyed sharing food and laughter at their large family gatherings on Thanksgiving and Christmas where her famous pies were always the grand finale of the evening.

She loved walking.

She loved music and singing.

She loved spending time with her grandchildren and family on their annual summer family trips to Winthrop, Washington.

She loved her employees and her daily walks through the cracker bakery where she connected to each of them every day. She built a true family business.

Marian is survived by her husband, Tom Harris, of 37 years, her children Cara (Jordan) and Greg (Tia), her stepdaughters Marjorie and Katy (Andrew), her grandchildren Madeleine, Trevor, Siona, Kian, Annabelle and Daniel, her sisters-in-law, Maxine Obacka and Susan Harris, and her niece Andrea Arntsen-Harris (Andrew), as well as her extended family of nieces and nephews.

She will forever live in the hearts of those who loved her.

Donations in her name to Mary’s Place Seattle or Farestart are requested in lieu of flowers. Due to COVID, her Celebration of Life Event will be held at a later date.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@vashonbeachcomber.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.vashonbeachcomber.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Obituaries

donald
Donald Arthur Erickson

June 9, 1930 - November 20, 2020

dee
Eleanor Jean “DeeDee” Arnold

January 18, 1936 - July 3, 2021

kambak
Jacquelyn Grace Kambak

July 14, 1931 - October 28, 2021

harris
Marian Harris

June 16, 1940 - September 27, 2021

peggy
Peggy Ferguson Smith

September 2, 1948 - October 14, 2021

turner
Ronald Wayne Turner

September 2, 1950 - August 23, 2021

rebecca
Rebecca “Lita” Lynne Lowe

Known affectionately as “Lita,” Rebecca loved Vashon Island.

donna
Donna Ruth (Shride) Gimblett

March 14, 1930 - August 6, 2021

fred
Fred Hills

October 16, 1936 - September 26, 2021

Most Read