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Obituary: Badgett, Marvel M.

Age 75

BADGETT, Marvel M.
(Age 75)

Of Spokane, Washington, passed away on February 9, 2012 after a brief illness. She was born March 28, 1936 in Moscow, Idaho to Marvin and Eleanor Luvaas, the eldest of five siblings. Marvel graduated from Port Angeles Sr. High School in Port Angeles, Washington in 1954, and went on to Deaconess School of Nursing, where she received her training to become a registered nurse. She married Larry Talkington in 1955, and had four children. The marriage was later dissolved, and in 1968 she married Richard Badgett. They had one daughter and later increased their family by adopting another daughter and two sons. As a nurse, Marvel worked at the Montana State Training School and Hospital in Boulder, as well as at Deaconess Hospital and Holy Family Hospital in Spokane. In addition to her initial training at Deaconess, she graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane with a BS in Nursing Education and a Masters in Health Education; these achievements included school nurse and teaching certificates, including an endorsement in special education. She spent her last sixteen years of employment working as a school nurse with Spokane School District #81. During her life, playing and listening to music was always a primary interest. During her senior year in high school, she opened the spring concert in the string quartet, played in the orchestra and band, and sang in the choir. After graduating from high school, she continued on with this pastime whenever time and opportunity allowed; one highlight in her adult years was playing with the Whitworth College orchestra when they performed the Messiah at the Spokane Opera House. Marvel passed on the love of music to her children as well, who have sung in choirs and musicals, and played a variety of instruments as they were growing up. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and Washington Education Assocation, retired. Marvel is survived by her husband Richard Badgett of Spokane, Washington; daughter Coleen Perry of League City, Texas; son Michael Talkington of Nampa, Idaho; son Ryan Talkington of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania; son Darin Talkington of Woodbridge, Virginia; daughter Linda Fox of Anchorage, Alaska; son Peter Badgett of Seattle, Washington; daughter Kathleen Saxon of Seattle, Washington; son Eric Badgett of Spokane, Washington; 16 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother Gary Luvaas of Wisconsin, and brothers Miles, Darrel, and Dale Luvaas of Washington State. A memorial service will be held Thursday, February 16, at 2 p.m. in the Riverview Terrace Chapel, Spokane, Washington.


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