Marjorie Rush-Collins passed away peacefully on May 12, 2019. She was born in Rupert, Idaho to Jim and Lucille Rush on June 26, 1940. Marj was the oldest of Jim and Lucille’s four children, who were raised on the family’s small farm in Rupert. As a child Marj had a love for caring for her animals especially her horse. Her nurturing personality led her to follow her dream of becoming a nurse.
Marj attended Holy Cross Nursing School in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she earned the Bishop Hunt Award. From there she went to Seattle University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During her career, Marj enjoyed teaching nursing classes at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Oregon; Saint Cabrini Hospital in Seattle, Washington; and Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington. She was also a school nurse for the Kent, Auburn, and Highline School Districts. Marj was good at her career in nursing, and her knowledge of the field gave her the opportunity to work with the very first kidney machine developed at the University of Washington. Marj also had the honor of being the very first ER and ICU nurse at Auburn General Hospital.
Marj’s greatest love was being a mother and grandmother.
Marj is survived by her husband Ken Collins of Enumclaw; son Sean O’Feery (Nieka Rahe) of Portland, Oregon; granddaughter Ruby Rahe O’Feery; sisters Anne Rush and Mary Preuit; and brother Jim Rush.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Enumclaw, Washington, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
Memorials can be made to Operation Smile at www.operationsmile.org in memory of Marj.