Mary Martinson of Kennewick, Washington passed away on Dec. 28, 2022. She was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, moved to Anaheim, California when she was eight years old, and graduated from Magnolia High School, in Anaheim, in 1966.
For much of her adult life, she was a singer, entertaining at popular clubs in Reno, Anaheim, Palm Springs, Boise, Eugene, Lincoln City and the greater Seattle area. Shortly after moving to Westport, Washington with her husband, Ken, in 2000, she retired from singing, went back to school at Grays Harbor College, where she made the dean’s list, and soon after, landed a job with Morningside, in Aberdeen, finding employment for people with developmental disabilities, a job she not only loved, but excelled at.
In 2016, she and her husband moved to Kennewick.
Mary is survived by her husband Ken; son Jason Shallcross, of Snohomish, Washington.; stepsons Brett Martinson (Erika) of Olalla, Washington and Jeff Martinson of Douglas, Alaska; and four grandchildren; Nicole Shallcross of Bishop, California; and Travis, Bodie and Garret Martinson of Olalla.
Her daughter Erin Shallcross preceded her in death.
She is also survived by her brother Herb Earle (Julie) of Las Vegas, and in-laws Jim and Colleen Martinson of Puyallup, Ron and Theresa Martinson of Key Center, Valerie and Jeff Hjelmaa of Sumner, and many nieces and nephews.
Mary will be remembered not only for her beautiful renditions of such diverse artists as Whitney Houston and Patsy Cline, but also for her great sense of humor and loving spirit. Rest in peace.