Charles F. Thomas
Mary Elizabeth May Davis
Jean Hurst Nielsen
Sequim Valley Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
Marjorie Cowanda Devine
August 26, 1921 ~ September 30, 2012
Marjorie Cowanda Devine passed away from her life on Earth into her Heavenly home at age 91.
She was born Marjorie C. Wood on August 26th, 1921, in Elizabeth, Arkansas and departed this life on September 30th, 2012, in Sequim, Washington. She succumbed to natural causes after having suffered a debilitating stroke 25 days earlier. She was able to enjoy the company of her family, friends and the very capable care given to her at the Sequim Health and Rehab during those last days.
Her father, H. Forrest Wood, and mother, Mary W. Wood, moved the family to the San Joaquin Valley in California when Marjorie was a little girl. She grew up in Wasco, California, graduating from Wasco High School in 1939. She often told the story of her girlhood during the Great Depression years when she and her brother, Wayne – 10 years her junior – had plenty to eat from the vegetable garden the family cultivated and the lame cow they milked for butter, cheese and milk. Along with the rabbits Forrest raised for meat, the family weathered the lean years in good health.
It was during her high school years that her “knight in shining armor” made his appearance. Everett Devine, of neighboring Shafter, California, came to speak at her church’s youth group as a guest from the seminary he was attending in Costa Mesa, California. She knew he was the one she would marry one day, but she needed to convince him of it. So she went pink. She wore the pink sweater that caught the young preacher’s eye. She knew she had his attention when he winked at her as he marched by her during a Bakersfield, California, parade in which he played his clarinet from his Bible college band’s entry. They were married September 28th 1941.
Marjorie and Everett Devine became ministers with the Assembly of God Church for whom they pastored a little church in Powell, Wyoming for two years. They trained for missionary work in Springfield, Missouri, and shipped out from New Orleans headed for Chile, South America, on a ship loaded with dynamite, for their first assignment of a 40-year career. While there, Marjorie founded the national Sunday School organization for the Chilean Assembly of God, writing training manuals for it. She also co-founded the Bible school in which men and women called to be pastors trained in residence for 4 years.
Retiring in Bear Valley Springs, Tehachapi, California, Marjorie was delighted by “playing house” in their first home. After 15 years there, they sold the house and moved to Sequim, Washington, in April of 1998. They actively supported various churches and chapels in the area by playing the piano and clarinet as well as teaching, preaching, visiting and counseling.
She was preceded in death by Everett, her husband of over 69 years, on January 2nd, 2011. Marjorie is survived by her three minister sons and their wives, Steve and Arlene of Sequim, Washington; Patrick and Heather of Alamosa, Colorado; Mark and Jean of Cali, Colombia; brother Wayne Wood of Bakersfield, California, and his children, Melissa, Stacy and Daryn; sister-in-law Evelyn Bateman of Raymore, Missouri; 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.
Marjorie was interred next to her husband, Everett, at Sequim View Cemetery on October 4th, 2012.
Marjorie’s family stand in deep appreciation to all her friends who so faithfully visited and ministered to her during her months as a widow. She relied on you and cherished your companionship during these most difficult of times. May God multiply to you His reward for your sacrifices.
Nicholas John Pruznick
Nicholas John Pruznick died on October 3rd in Sequim, Washington from heart related causes. He was 69 years old.
He was born on March 14, 1943 to Elizabeth (Csiszlak) and Nicholas Pruznick. Nicholas attended primary and secondary schools in New Jersey and Community College in California. He later moved to Port Angeles to own and manage his business as the Independent Distributor of the Seattle Times and Seattle P-I. His business managed the distribution of the Seattle papers to the greater Olympic Peninsula. He retired in 2000.
Nicholas (please don’t call me “Nick”) was known for his sense of humor, giving nature, love of family and friends, passion for live theater and golf, and love of nature especially the Olympic Peninsula. He was first on the stage in 1986 for Port Angeles Community Players and worked on many PALOA productions but Olympic Theatre Arts in Sequim became the theatre that he called “home” for most of his theatre experience. He served as OTA President and most every other capacity for 30 years and was one of the visionaries wanting to have a permanent home for OTA which resulted in the beautiful theatre we have today. He was a “catch and release” fly fisherman and he hiked or mountain biked almost every mountain and trail in the Olympics and Cascades. Nicholas developed and maintained the websites for several area non-profit organizations including the Lions Club, OTA, and Olympic Peninsula Garden Society.
Nicholas loved a challenge whether it was overcoming his childhood loss of hearing, running a business, climbing a mountain, performing on stage, becoming everyone’s computer rescue guru or serving in many community activities. His smile and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
Nicholas is survived by cousins, James, Michael & Robert Pruznick and families; cousin, Mary Csiszlak Tierny and family; and significant other, Berta Warden and family.
Services: Funeral arrangements are by Drennan & Ford Funeral Home. An online guest book is available on their website to leave your favorite Nicholas memory for the family. A Celebration of Life will be held at Olympic Theatre Arts, 414 N. Sequim Ave in Sequim on Sunday October 21st at 1:00PM.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Olympic Theatre Arts, PO Box 1474, Sequim,WA. 98382. We are going to purchase much needed lighting to let Nicholas’s light keep shinning on OTA’s stage.