She was born in Newport, WA, on October 27, 1926, to the late Martha and Richard Madison.
Marian grew up in the country, and lived the life of a small town farm girl.
In her 20’s, Marian met and married the late Roy Paxson, whom blessed her with two wonderful boys.
Shortly after, Roy and Marian divorced, and she met her late, loving partner, Don Higginbotham in 1966, though never married, Don and Marian were lifelong sweethearts.
After spending approximately 30 years together, the love of her life, Don, in 1996 passed away.
Marian never remarried.
Marian had a big heart, especially for children.
She spent many years working for one daycare on E. Valleyway, in Spokane Valley, WA and closely following her retirement, she spent much of her time volunteering at the local school, Broadway Elementary also in Spokane Valley, WA.
Besides her love for children, Marian enjoyed painting her canvases and ceramics, and making sure her backyard was bright and full of lots of beautiful flowers.
Marian is survived by her two boys; Ken R. Paxson, of Spokane Valley; and Kevin T. Paxson, also of Spokane Valley.
Her five grandchildren; Michael Paxson, Anthony Paxson, Ashley Morse, Richael Paxson and Donald Paxson, all of Spokane Valley, her two great-grandchildren; Khailer Paxson and Ryan Rojas.
She is also survived by her sister Jesse Carter, of Newport, WA and her two daughters-in-law; Cathy VanMarter Paxson, of Spokane and Sheila Paxson of Spokane Valley.
A viewing will be held at Heritage Funeral Home, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA from 10 am - 5 pm on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
The funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 25, 2014, also at Heritage Funeral Home, followed by the Graveside Services at 12:30 p.m. at Greenwood Memorial Terrace, 211 N. Government Way in Spokane, WA.