REMEMBERING
THOSE THAT SERVED

WMA celebrates and honors the bond and spirit of women Marines. As part of this recognition of valor and service, WMA honors the fallen and deceased in a service of remembrance and respect during the Biennial Convention. The memorial service is the opportunity to honor, reflect, and bring acknowledgement to those WMA members who have served and will not be forgotten.

WMA PRAYERS
FOR THE FALLEN

We believe in this solemn maxim: Once a Marine, Always a Marine. This bond recognizes no barriers of time or place or rank or station. It lives in the loving memory of WMA members and women Marines who lost their lives in defense of our nation, having served beside us, finished their course, and answered their final muster.

Throughout our lives, we hold them in our hearts and prayers. We perpetuate their memory in scholarships which open doors of opportunity to others. More…each time we gather at Convention, we pause to honor them in a service of remembrance of love. This, then, is that pause of loving remembrance which strengthens and renews the ties that bind us, one to another as friends and Marines.

A band of sisters we are called—and rightly so, for ours is a kinship of the spirit and the ties of the spirit which bind us are as enduring as the ties of blood or birth. This spirit—this Esprit De Corps—is the common heritage of all who, like us, have been Marines. It is epitomized in our proud motto: Once a Marine, Always a Marine. It recognizes no barriers of time or place—or rank or station. It lives in the loving memory of those who, having served beside us, have finished their course, and answered their final muster.

Throughout our lives we hold them in our hearts and prayers. We perpetuate their memory in scholarships which open doors of opportunity to others. Moreover, each time we gather in convention, we pause to honor them in a service of remembrance and love. This, then, is that pause of loving remembrance which strengthens and renews the ties that bind us, one to another, as friends and as Marines. Our sister members of the Women Marines Association have been called by our Divine Commandant to join Him in Eternal Life. We are her sister Marines. We honor her memory and pray for the repose of her soul.

May all the souls of our departed sister Marines rest in peace.

Creator of us all,

Make me ever aware of your presence. Grant me the wisdom, patience, and courage to be always faithful in carrying out your purpose for my life. Help me that I may ever live as one, who, conscious of the blessings of country, evident by my responsible actions, the highest ideals by which I have sought to serve and live. May I do all things to the honor and glory of your holy name.

Amen.

Influential Leaders Who Will Not Be Forgotten

Directors of Women Marines

  • Col Ruth Cheney Streeter
  • Col Katherine A. Towle
  • Col Margaret M. Henderson
  • Col Barbara J. Bishop
  • Col Jeanette I. Sustad
  • BGen Margaret A. Brewer
  • LtCol Julia E. Hamblet

Sergeants Major of Women Marines

  • Bertha L. Peters Billeb
  • Evelyn E. “Beth” Albert
  • Ouida W. Craddock
  • Mabel A. R. Otten
  • June V. Andler
  • Grace A. Carle

WMA MEMORIAL SERVICE PROGRAMS

During each Biennial Convention, the WMA remembers the fallen and deceased WMA members: Once a Marine, Always A Marine. Past Memorial Service Programs are available for download that lists the names of women Marines recognized during the service as way to honor and respect.

NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN

We profoundly mourn the loss of our WMA members, and each will forever be remembered. View the list of fallen Women Marines by maiden name or last name, who have passed within the past five years.

Last Name First Name Maiden Name Service Name Death Date
AMATO JOYCE NESHEIM 12/16/2017
ANDERSON AGNES ANDERSON 09/16/2017
ANDERSON ELSIE 02/04/2018
ANDERSON EVELYN GORDON 08/29/2016
ANKER EDREY SCHENDEL 02/19/2018
ANKER SHASTA HUGGINS 12/01/2017
ARCHER BARBARA MAULBETSCH 10/08/2016
ATAMAN ELAINE MCDONALD 11/22/2016
AUSTIN AVIS LANDERS 10/17/2017
BAILEY MARY YINGER 06/08/2018
BALCHUNAS ELLA LOS 11/08/2017
BARDEN JOYCE BARDEN 05/22/2017
BARONE LORNA 03/11/2018
BAUM JACQUELINE BAUM 06/25/2016
BEADLING LOIS 06/12/2018
BISHOP MARIE 04/26/2018
BLACKBURN EDNA NOBLES 06/11/2013
BLACKMON MARY WICKING 03/13/2018
BLICK GENEVIEVE WAICHULIS 04/25/2017
BOLTON GLADYS HEBERT 11/05/2015
BORK JANE WATKINS 12/04/2016
BOWEN GENEVIEVE GORDON 01/02/2018
BRADBURY ROSE MARIE VARGO 10/01/2016
BRADLEY VERONICA BYRNES 02/25/2018
BROWN DOROTHY DURANT 08/08/2017
BROWN GENEVIEVE CALLAHAN 11/13/2016
BROZOVICH BILLIE 09/11/2017
BRUNELLE RITA 10/14/2014
BRUNO DROTHA STUART 06/13/2017
CAIN GEORGETTE WHIRLEY 12/11/2015
CALLAWAY HELEN TRIONE 02/27/2017
CAMPBELL LUCILLE MAYFIELD 02/02/2018
CAPRON BETTY 01/24/2018
CARNEY VERA HILDRETH/PACE 12/11/2016
CASTRO-JOYAL LUZ 06/16/2017
CHAPMAN PEGGY PEGUES 04/11/2017
CHASE ANNE PAULSEN 08/23/2016
CHILDERS ELEANOR 05/17/2017
CLARK-WOLFORD LINDA CLARK 02/03/2018
CLAYTON HELENE HERVEY 07/11/2016
CLEARY HELEN 11/05/2016
CLEVELAND MARGARET KLEIN 10/16/2015
COFFIN MARJORIE LARSON 07/02/2016
COGSWELL MARILYN NEWHOUSE 10/18/2017
COLE BEGONIA SAXTON 12/03/2017
COLEMAN-HODGES IRIS SHAFFNER 12/17/2016
COLLINS ANNE HAGGERTY 04/20/2017
COLLINS BETTY STARIN 10/03/2016
COLLINS HELEN GEILFUSS 06/21/2017
COOPER PHYLLIS COOK/DEMING 06/03/2017
CORMIER-AGAN DIANE CORMIER 06/24/2016
CROUTHAMEL MARY BUTLER 01/21/2017
CROWELL SHIRLEY MAGOWAN 07/23/2017
CZARNECKI GERALDINE KIOUSIS 02/27/2017
DANIELSEN LUCILLE MCLACHLAN 03/02/2017
DARVIN GWENDOLYN DALTON 07/19/2016
DAVIES NORMA CALAJOE 05/08/2017
DAVIS CONSTANCE KEENAN 01/03/2017
DETWILER SANDRA 09/02/2016
DIVALERIO ANN SERIO 05/28/2017
DOBRYNSKI ALICE MESSING 11/25/2017
DOKKEN-CAMERON LYNDA ARNESON 09/06/2017
DONLEY ETHEL SIGEL 03/13/2018
DRAKE NATALIE 06/05/2018
EDMUNDS DOLORES WALLACE 04/08/2016
ELLIOTT LOIS KUNKEL 10/15/2015
ENSOR NANCY 06/02/2018
FAY ALICE EARLY 11/02/2017
FRANCO GLORIA GUNDERSON 08/25/2016
FRANCONERE RITA 07/27/2016
FROST SARAH AUSTIN 12/21/2017
GALE IRIS LOCKER 02/14/2017
GALVAN GAYE SALMON 01/17/2017
GANZEL THELMA SEVERIN 07/08/2017
GEESAMAN MARION 06/29/2018
GEILING MARY STOWELL 10/28/2016
GERETY MARGARET 02/09/2017
GERMAN KATHLEEN FOLEY 01/29/2017
GESSLEMAN F RUTH HARRIS 11/20/2016
GIBBS ELEANOR MARSHALL 09/05/2016
GILBERTSON ELEANORE BRANDEN 02/09/2016
GILLAN GLENNA ANDERSON 06/29/2015
GLAZE HAZEL FENIMORE 12/12/2017
GOODALL STELLA ANDREWS 10/01/2017
GOSS VIOLET PENDLETON 03/06/2018
GOULD VIRGINIA INGRAM 12/28/2017
GRAY JEANNINE 05/01/2018
GRBINICH BEBE BERNER 11/30/2017
GREDICEK CATHERINE PAWLICK 05/05/2017
GREIG JUNE ANDERSON/VIERRA 05/23/2017
GUARAGLIA CONCETTA MUSSUMECI 10/03/2017
GUNSTON-BROWN SHIRLEY GUNSTON 08/12/2016
GUSTAFSON ELEANOR CICHOCKE/CLARK 05/01/2016
HAFFEY MARIE MCCLUNG 11/06/2016
HAGAMAN MARGARET BOGNER 05/08/2018
HAGENER LILLIAN 10/23/2016
HALLAGAN PATRICIA DAY 05/15/2017
HAMADYK JEANNE 05/06/2018
HAMBLET JULIA 04/17/2017
HAMILTON DOLORES GRUNECH 05/02/2017
HAMILTON PATRICIA FISHER/GRAHAM 06/25/2018
HAMMOND JOAN 05/11/2017
HARMS RUTH SAUNDERS 01/25/2017
HARRISON VERONICA SMITH 10/17/2016
HARTFORD ELIZABETH ALLEN 01/07/2018
HEDIGER AUDREY MARTS 06/19/2017
HELMLE CHARMIAN HEPP 03/30/2017
HERSHEY DOTTIE DAILEY 04/28/2017
HIGGINS CLARE SHILLUE 10/05/2016
HILLMYER MARIE SYDLOWSKI 04/24/2017
HIRSCHMANN OZETTA GROFF 12/13/2016
HITER RITA 06/06/2016
HOKANSON CLARE BULLITT/RALSTON 06/21/2017
HOKIT CATHERINE TOOTHMAN 03/03/2018
HOLT LAURA LOVE 09/29/2016
HONSE DELLA PIFER / ALLEN 12/28/2016
HUBACH CORNELIA HOPE 07/13/2016
HUCKABA ANN JACKSON TAYLOR 10/12/2017
HUFFER DOROTHY GEARHART 11/07/2017
HUNT HELEN HUNT 08/05/2016
IVES MARIAN BAUER 03/08/2017
JENNINGS MARY BURRILL 12/31/2014
JOHANNSEN INEZ 08/09/2016
JOHN SHIRLEY FERREN 04/29/2018
JOHNSON J BAFUS 03/16/2018
JONES FRANCES WATERBURY 03/23/2016
JOSEPH ERICKA 01/10/2017
JUAN-WELLS EDNA JUAN 05/06/2017
KARRASCH PATRICIA KARRASCH 02/17/2017
KELLER REGINA ARTINGSTALL 04/28/2016
KELLERHALS CLARA FOXWORTHY 07/19/2015
KENNEY MARIANNE HUTTLE 10/17/2017
KILLEFER CAROLYN CLOTHIER 11/19/2017
KIRCHGESSNER JACKIE LUTHER 05/03/2016
KLATT ELIZABETH 09/02/2016
KLEMMEDSON DOROTHY MERIDA 05/28/2017
KLUCKMAN DONNA MELVILLE 09/07/2014
KOEHLER IDA HALSTEAD 09/04/2016
KOENIG HELEN CLEVELAND 02/25/2016
KOERING DARLENE HAERTHER 12/09/2016
KOMLENIC BARBARA ANGUS 05/17/2018
KORMAN ELAINE 05/16/2015
KOSTYN LORETTA MORRISON 03/23/2017
KRUGMAN MARIAN GOLD 05/10/2018
KRUIZINGA VIRGINIA FAIN 11/16/2016
LACHIUSA ELIZABETH STRAUB 04/22/2017
LEBLOND LOUISE CALLANDER 10/15/2016
LEE PHYLLIS SAVIO 11/23/2016
LEGGAT KLARYS PAXTON 12/19/2015
LEWIS BETTY HILDEBRAN 08/25/2016
LINARES JANICE DUKE 11/11/2015
LINDSEY MARGARET NEELY 07/13/2016
LITTLE-CRAWFORD AUDREY LITTLE 11/24/2014
MACHHOLZ DORIS MUELLER 10/26/2016
MACIEL MARY 07/02/2016
MADRU IRENE HARTMAN 12/19/2016
MALLARD ZEE 10/26/2016
MALONEY LINDA BLACKWELL 09/24/2016
MANSON CAROL 03/11/2016
MARKS CARLA MARKS 12/31/2015
MARTS LAVERNE 02/18/2018
MATTIUCCI VIVIAN THOMPSON 12/06/2017
MCCONNELL ANITA 01/05/2015
MCGUIRE ELIZABETH (BETTY) 09/14/2016
MCINTOSH MARGARET WRIGHTON 06/04/2017
MCKEEVER LEONORA HERMANN 08/08/2017
MEELER ANNA FAHEY 02/06/2017
MERK JEANNE PINON 11/23/2017
MILLER FAITH 01/04/2017
MILLER RUTH HEMMINGS 10/05/2017
MOFFETT JOYCE MATTHEWS 06/12/2018
MORGAN SYLVIA DOWNER 02/06/2018
MUCARIA ROSALINA MARTINS 01/30/2018
MURRAY CATHERINE MURRAY 12/20/2017
NEIL MARIETTA ROEDER 08/13/2017
NELSON LOIS FULFORD 07/16/2016
NEWTOWN VERA GREENE 05/13/2016
NICHOLS ANNETTE RECKNER 08/09/2017
NICHOLS ROSE 03/11/2017
NIELSEN JANIS CHRISTENSEN 03/31/2018
NIESWIADOMY VIOLA NICOLL 07/22/2017
NORDSTROM NANCY CUIFFO 01/23/2018
O’TOOLE BETTY MILLER 11/14/2013
OTIS LUCILLE STACEY 02/22/2018
PALMER PATRICIA BOYLE 05/23/2017
PERKINS HELENE BERRY 01/04/2018
PETERSON AGNES TARAVELLA 11/20/2015
PHILLIPS MARY JEANETTE DRUMMOND 03/12/2017
PLATO SHARYLL A 03/30/2016
PLUMMER DORIS STENBEREG 01/28/2017
POWELL CLAIRE PINNEY 11/25/2017
POWERS MYRTLE MUELLER 08/22/2017
PRENGSCHAT HILDEGARD “PENNY” 04/30/2018
RAHMOELLER GEORGIA BREITENSTEIN 12/23/2016
RAINES ELIZABETH MAHONEY 02/05/2018
REEVES CLAUDIA MONTGOMERY 08/25/2016
REUTER NANCY BROWN 11/23/2016
RIEVELEY ANNE MEYER 11/30/2013
RIGHTON LAURA RUSTE 02/07/2017
RIVAS VICTORIA LIPKOVITZ 05/22/2017
ROETHLER JOYCE MILLER 01/06/2018
ROGERS DOROTHY WILLIAMS 03/23/2017
ROHSLER CAMILLE MASTRANGELO 04/27/2017
ROSS EVELYN MCGOVERN 07/11/2017
RUBLE MURIEL BROWN 04/16/2018
RUSSELL MARGARET EWING 06/15/2017
SCHAFFER HELEN MARKOWSKI 03/02/2017
SCHROEDER KATHRYN WILSON 03/20/2017
SENTIPAL PAULA WILTSHIRE 04/25/2018
SHEPPARD JANIE 08/17/2016
SHERRON MARY MANN 05/30/2017
SHUMAKER RUTH 04/09/2015
SIEBEN DOROTHY BODE 03/20/2017
SLOANE BETTY CORRELL 11/23/2017
SMITH JUNE BUCHANAN 01/11/2014
SMITH URSULA MARLEY 06/14/2016
SPERLING JEANNE KOPER 01/20/2017
STEIN RUTH COURT 01/25/2016
STEVENSEN DORIS STEPHAN 02/12/2018
STOLL EVELYN NORRIS 07/14/2016
STONEBRAKER RITA MORAN 03/12/2017
STOSSIER SHEILA 12/03/2016
STOWELL ERNESTINE 07/20/2017
SULLIVAN A DORIS CALDWELL 12/17/2016
TECHKY ANASTASIA KIZIS 01/17/2018
TEPAS LOIS KOESTER 06/19/2017
THOMAS VERONICA GERSCH 10/03/2016
THYRRING LUCILLE LONGO 10/20/2016
TRESTLER PHYLLIS BLICHFELDT 06/26/2016
TROWSDALE A 12/01/2017
TUCKER MYRA 07/20/2016
TURNER CHARLENE ENDERS 08/10/2015
VALENTINE ALICE SULLWOLD 06/08/2016
VAUGHN MARY 08/04/2013
VENABLE MANA JONES 01/26/2017
VOGEL BARBARA GIBSON 09/18/2015
WALKER REBECCA DEPPER 09/25/2016
WALL PIETJE SMITS 07/23/2016
WALZ FLORENCE TOBIN 06/29/2017
WARFEL ANITA FISCHER 02/07/2017
WEIPERT SUE SCHLESINGER 03/05/2018
WELLS AUDRE FALL 10/24/2015
WHITE FRANCES BOWMAN 04/06/2018
WHITE MAGGIE 10/20/2015
WIEGMAN BEULAH “BILLIE” STONER 01/07/2017
WISE MARGARET 02/14/2018
WITCHER DOROTHY ANDERSON 11/22/2017
WOOD MARIANN WILSON 04/15/2017
WOODCOCK HELEN 06/27/2016
WOODS MARY 02/07/2016
WORSHAM JUNE HENGSTLER 03/09/2017
ZEIGLER YVONNE RUDACILLE 10/14/2017

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