MaryEllen was a long time WSQ member, worked in just about every quilt shop in Spokane, and taught hundreds of classes. A very kind and gentle lady who will be sorely missed.— Kathleen Woods
MaryEllen Laughary (née Faulkner) Age 79, of Spokane, was born June 14, 1943, and died Aug. 18, 2022, after a nine-year battle with multiple myeloma. In her life, MaryEllen graduated from Shadle Park High School and EWU, built a marriage of almost 50 years, raised six children, taught scores of students in and around Spokane, and made and then gave away hundreds of quilts. In all of her endeavors, MaryEllen wrapped her family, friends, co-workers, and students in complete, unconditional love like one of her many quilts. MaryEllen was a sharer–not just of quilts and delicious cookies, but of poetry, wise words, and her faith in Jesus. She cherished family, and folks instantly became family when they sat down for a meal, played a board game with her, showed kindness to one of her grandchildren, or swapped books and Scrabble tips with her. Those she loved and who loved her will miss her ever-present, bright smile.
She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Helen Faulkner, many aunts and uncles, and her beloved grandson Teddy Laughary. She is survived by her husband Chuck Laughary, Jr.; children Kristy Wolf (favorite son-in-law Mark), Kelly Dean (wife Missy), Creighton (wife Laura), Clay, Corey (wife Tina), and Casey (wife Bonny); grandchildren Nikolas (wife Alison), Shayla, Kayla, Alayna, Sydney (husband Taylor), Danny, Micah, Zoe, Leyvie, HettyLee, and Elias; and great-grandchild Winnie. MaryEllen was deeply proud of every one of her children and grandchildren. She will also be missed by many dear friends, including sister-in-law Nancy Osborn and brother-in-law Harry.