Maryellen Wilson Wakefield, born 26th February, 1932 in Oak Park, Illinois, died in her Spokane home on 26th February, 2024, exactly 92 years from her date of birth. She was surrounded by her family. Maryellen was the daughter of Helen M and Robert R Wilson, both of whom worked for the Northern Pacific Railway in Spokane. Maryellen’s father brought his family to Spokane early in 1941.
Maryellen is survived by her sister, Diane Feske of Milton, Washington, her four sons Scott, Bruce, Bill, and Ted Wakefield and her two granddaughters, Cameron Wakefield and Jordan Leigh Wakefield. Maryellen graduated from North Central High School in January, 1950. She married William Channing Wakefield, also of Spokane, in 1953. She attended Washington State and Eastern Washington Universities and became a teacher and school librarian for District 81 in about 1968. She was employed by District 81 for nearly 40 years until her retirement.
Maryellen held a strong recollection of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7th December, 1941, when she was but nine years old, and she was an avid and voracious reader of 20th Century History in general, and of the history of World War II in particular. She also often recalled arriving in Spokane for the first time on a train from Chicago. It was a cold, snowy day and, on being handed off the train to her father waiting on the platform she wondered, with great perplexity “Where the hell am I?” , now she’s gone home.