Marjorie Donahue

Marjorie Phillips Forsyth Donahue

Dec. 19, 1935 — Feb. 26, 2019

From Kennewick, WABorn in Los Angeles, CA

Public Viewing

  •   Starts:
    Sat, March 2 2019, 10 a.m.
  •   Ends:
    11 a.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Celebration of Life

  •   Starts:
    Sat, March 2 2019, 11 a.m.
  •   Ends:
    noon
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Committal

Marjorie Phillips Forsyth Donahue 

Marjorie Phillips Forsyth Donahue, (83) of Kennewick, Washington, passed from this life on February 26, 2019. She was born December 19, 1935 to Fern Thompson and Clyde T. Phillips in Los Angeles, California. 

Marjorie was raised in the Sacramento, California area and graduated from Grant Union High School in Sacramento. She married the first love of her life Robert M. Forsyth on May 3, 1954. They were later sealed in the Oakland California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on February 15, 1975. Together they had five children. Being a wife and mother gave her great joy, and it was her desire to always keep her children close by.

Marj helped her husband, Bob, to run their farms and ranches in California and Oregon and later, after moving to the Tri-Cities, Washington, they opened the Richland House of Flowers and ran it together until his death in 1993. They loved attending their children’s and grandchildren’s school and sporting events and giving service to their community. As Foster Parents they helped many youth by temporarily giving them a safe home. Marjorie served in the PTA and on the school board while living in Eagle Point, Oregon. She served in many callings in the various Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints wards that she lived in, including many years as Relief Society President. After the passing of her husband, Robert, she served a Church service mission to Thailand. 

In her later years Marjorie began to struggle with Parkinson’s disease and in 2010 she moved to Charbonneau Assisted living in Kennewick, where she met Curt Donahue. They were married on June 2, 2012. They were blessed with a twilight honeymoon as he has watched over her with loving care through these last years of her life. They have enjoyed being season ticket holders to Tri-City Dust Devils baseball, and watching the look on people’s faces when they tell them the large number of descendants they have!

Marjorie is survived by her husband, Curt Donahue; her children; Mark Forsyth (Jamie) of Connell, WA, Rhonda Smith (Byron) of Orern, UT, Brett Forsyth (Theresa) of Richland, WA; 17 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Phillips (Maggie), sisters, Vienna VanGinkel (Robert), and Elmina Hooper (Joe). She was preceded in death by her parents, three siblings; Charles Taylor, Pam Hanson and Jean Desamito; her first husband, Robert Forsyth, two sons: Jonathan Forsyth and Clyde Forsyth and her granddaughter Amanda Smith. 

Visitation will be held at Einan’s at Sunset Funeral Home on Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am followed by her Celebration of Life starting at 11 am.  A Committal Service will follow at Sunset Gardens, 915 ByPass Hwy in Richland, Washington.


Guestbook for

Marjorie Phillips Forsyth Donahue


  • What a beautiful lady. I am grateful to have known her. I will always remember our fun time with the girls during our tea time❣️

    John & Debbi Trevino
    March 1, 2019
    Tri City, WA
  • We will miss all the fun times we had with Aunt Margie. We're sorry we can't be there to celebrate her life. She will always be in our hearts and we loved her very much.

    Lani Pascua
    March 1, 2019
    Santa Barbara
  • I will miss you Aunt Marjorie, I wish I could be there. Love you

    Carol Walters
    Feb. 28, 2019
    2217 E. Aspen Ave. Mesa, AZ 85204
  • Can't imagine not being able to see Aunt Marj next time we all get together. Curt, Mark, Brett, Rhonda and all... we are so sorry we can't be there with you all on Saturday. But you're definitely in our hearts, as is our Auntie. Love you all, Chris and Phyllis.

    Chris and Phyllis Desamito
    Feb. 28, 2019
    California
  • Curt, I am so sorry for your loss. I lived across the street from you and Marjorie on Arabian Ln. I always enjoyed visiting with you both . At times like this I love Revelation 21:4. So look forward to not having the pain of illness and death anymore. Sincerely, Nancy Gillen

    Nancy
    Feb. 28, 2019
    Pasco
  • Brett and Theresa, we are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Doug & Beth Gosney
    Feb. 28, 2019
    Columbus, MS
  • We will miss you mom. May your reunion with family and friends be warm and comforting. You are now enveloped in the loving embrace of our Savior Jesus Christ. Mom, your prayers for us in life were a constant, as will be your watchful eye upon us from above. We love and miss you and live with the abiding hope of seeing you again.

    Mark & Jamie Forsyth
    Feb. 27, 2019
    Yaroslavl Russia

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