A tribute to a great person

Granted, I am known for being outspoken on various Valley subjects. I am not typically lacking an opinion and have never held back expressing that opinion despite the possible lashing it may cause. But the opinion I am expressing today is held by many, many Valley residents: Marie Everett is a great person.

Now I don't use that word "great" lightly, and it is rarely used to describe an individual in my book. Greatness can only be bestowed on a person who has mastered his or her domain - and few would argue Marie's concern for the business community in the Snoqualmie Valley.

I first met Marie when Karen and I purchased the newspaper six years ago. We met when Bob Scott, then-owner of the Valley Record, was introducing Karen and I to the staff. They all looked a little suspicious of the newspaper newbies in front of them, which was justly deserved. Over the course of the next six years, we developed a strong friendship. On our side of the coin, that friendship was based on the utmost respect for Marie and her abilities. I can only hope a portion of that respect is found on the other side of the coin for Karen and I.

Now let me clarify, this is not an obituary, for I am sure that Marie will outlive us all. She has such a high regard for life and is so caring that any calling to a different place will be highly impeded. Rather, this is our way of saying thanks.

It was not uncommon to see Marie working at a client's business on the weekend. She is always the first to step forward when a business or the Chamber needs help. She has a compassion for all businesses that most people strictly reserve for close family members. She understands that a business is only as good as the employees, and she did her best to make this newspaper great.

This Friday will mark the transition of Marie as a newspaper sales manager to another occupation. It may be working with her niece, Jolene Kelly, at Bella Vita, or some other business. Whatever it is, she will do it well.

Little fanfare is planned for Friday at Marie's request. So many businesses have been helped by her in some way that it is likely many more owe her thanks. If you see her, take the time to say hi and let her know how much we appreciate her for being a great contributor to the Snoqualmie Valley.

Life will go on and a great newspaper will continue to positively serve the community. But we all have a place in our hearts for the lady who always smiles.

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