Marion Shodin Obituary

Marion Blanche Shodin
Marion Blanche Shodin

November 22, 1919 - May 9, 2017
Born in Ironwood, Michigan
Resided in Eugene, OR
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Marion B. Shodin went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 9th at the age of 97. She went peacefully at the Pete Moore Hospice House with two of her daughters at her side.

Marion was born November 22, 1919 in Ironwood, Michigan, to E. Clyde and Myrtle (Lane) Duerr. She married Ray Shodin on March 13, 1942, in Rockford, Illinois. Ray was a minister and Marion served with him in churches in Kulm, ND and Great Falls, MT. In 1954 they moved to Vancouver, BC, where she was instrumental in helping to start their first church. Church planting followed in Surrey, BC and Bellevue, WA. They subsequently lived and ministered in Ohio and Iowa before retiring to Oregon.

During many of those years Marion was active in Women's and Girl's Ministries, both in the church and in the Baptist General Conference. She was an exceptional speaker and was invited to many different places in the US and Canada to speak. She also worked outside the home as a bookkeeper, finishing her career at The Attic Dresser in Eugene. She spent her last years at the Eugene Abbey, where she started and led a Bible study and made numerous friends.

Marion loved to cook, garden and camp. Her favorite activity was visiting the Oregon Coast, which she did every chance possible. She was a talented and prolific letter writer and e-mailer who kept in touch with hundreds of friends and relatives over the years. She touched the lives of many with her generous spirit, humor, intelligence, loyalty and most of all her love for her Lord Jesus. She was a longtime member of First Baptist of Eugene, where she was active in the Ambassador Class.

Marion is survived by daughter Janet Del Bone of Eugene, son Stephen (Laura Vishoot) of Cottage Grove, daughter Carolyn Lindgren (Mark) of Eugene, daughter Kate (Brent Kearney) of Springfield, brother Edwin Duerr (Mitsuko) of Belmont CA, 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and numerous nephews, nieces and her best friend Pam Forster. She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 23rd at First Baptist Church of Eugene, 3550 Fox Meadow Rd. Donations in her memory may be made to Eugene Mission.

Services are in care of Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield. You are invited to sign the online guest book at

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First Baptist Church of Eugene
3550 Fox Meadow Rd
Eugene, OR 97408
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
1:00 PM


Eugene Mission
PO Box 1149
Eugene, OR 97440