It is with great sadness that we inform you that our beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend Marylou Burmester passed away peacefully in her daughter’s arms at her home in Humptulips, Washington on Jan. 3, 2022. Marylou was born on June 4, 1928, to Bennett and Florence Ellingson in Aberdeen, Washington and was a lifelong resident of Grays Harbor. Her grandparents Amund and Lena Ellingson were logging pioneers in the New London area north of Hoquiam. She was a 1946 graduate of Weatherwax High School.
During her first marriage she was blessed with a son, Stephen Major, whom she loved very much. She met the love of her life, Robin Burmester, in 1970 after receiving a hand-written note on a paper napkin at the local Eagles that simply read “You are beautiful.” They were married that very same year.
In 1971, they were blessed with the birth of their daughter Cathleen. Together they raised their daughter and his son Daniel in the New London area north of Hoquiam and later at the family home in Humptulips. She was deeply devoted to her family, raising the kids in a warm and loving home filled with delicious homemade meals and irresistible baked goods.
Marylou and Robin enjoyed traveling and camping, long Sunday drives and weekend adventures together and with their family. They had a beautiful life together that was cut short in 2012 when Robin passed away from cancer. Not a day went by without her mentioning how much she missed him and looked forward to someday being with him. We take comfort in knowing that they are together again.
Having a green thumb, she cultivated beautiful flower gardens every spring and summer. She had many pets that she loved very dearly over the years including her two parakeets she enjoyed talking to daily.
When she was young, she learned to play the piano and over the years she filled her home with beautiful music that was enjoyed by family and friends. While she enjoyed listening to a wide variety of music, she was especially fond of classic western music that she would listen to often. She loved to attend live concerts with her sister Rosalie and daughter Cathleen, her favorites being Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson. She also enjoyed attending band concerts her grandchildren performed in.
She had a strong and close relationship with her grandchildren, Erica and Robin, who grew-up next door on the family farm. She loved being Grandma and often said it was one of the highlights of her life.
Marylou enjoyed long summer days spent with the family around a campfire or sitting along the Humptulips River that ran along her property. In later years she loved to travel with her daughter and grandchildren having last done so only four months ago. She also enjoyed a good glass or wine, a cold dark beer and chocolate in any form. Marylou was a very strong woman who was kind, loving and caring with a great sense of humor. The imprint she made on our hearts will forever live on.
Marylou is survived by her daughter Cathleen Cozad at their family home in Humptulips, stepson Daniel Burmester of Tumwater, Washington, grandchildren Erica and Robin Cozad of Humptulips, sister and best friend Rosalie Smith of Vancouver, Washington, sister Joan (Jim) Stoken of Humptulips, and several nieces and nephews. Marylou is preceded in death by her parents Bennett and Florence Ellingson, her husband Robin Burmester, and her son Stephen Major.
A celebration of life will be held this summer outside among her flowers. A date and time will be announced later. If you would like to honor Marylou’s memory, please consider a donation to the Polson Museum, PO Box 432, Hoquiam, WA 98550.
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