Marilyn started her career as a Registered Nurse in 1970 when she graduated from St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing in Yakima, where she continued to work until 1972, when she moved to her mother’s native Australia. She returned to the states and worked at St. Peter’s in Olympia until 1993, when she became President of UFCW Local 141.
Her colleagues will always remember her as a kind, compassionate woman who cared about people’s issues.
“Marilyn’s passing is a great loss for the labor movement,” said Jeff Johnson, President of the Washington State Labor Council. “Marilyn was a fierce advocate for her members and for the nursing profession. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.”
Marilyn was a strong organizer and provided leadership to Local 141, utilizing her critical thinking skills developed during her nursing career. She served on the Washington Center for Nursing Board and the Advisory Board for South Puget Sound Community College.
The family has requested no flowers. There will be a small memorial in Bickleton, Wash., later in the month and private family graveside services. Local 141 will have a memorial at the office, date to be announced.
Her family will be establishing a scholarship fund for nursing continuing education in memory of Marilyn Savage. As soon as it is established we will distribute the information.
Local 141 staff appreciates all of the calls from friends, colleagues, and Union Brothers and Sisters and thanks you for your kind words during this difficult time.
UFCW 141 United Staff Nurses Union is a statewide union of registered nurses and other healthcare professionals in Washington state that was founded in 1989 to represent staff nurses and their unique needs in health care.