Marian Margaret LaBar was born November 7, 1926 to Lester W. (Bryan) LaBar and Marguerite Jakle LaBar in Friday Harbor, WA attended by Dr. Capron and Midwife, Ella Dightman. Her maternal grandparents, William and Sophia Jakle, great-grandmother, Margaret Heindrich and great-great-grandmother, Beck, as well as her paternal grandparents were all living on San Juan Island at the time. The Jakles were married in the church at the Valley Cemetery. Jakle’s Lagoon was named for her great-grandparents. Her great-uncle, Andrew Heindrich, is one of eight names on the WWI Memorial at the Sunken Park.
Marian graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1944. She went on to attend Solano Community College in Vallejo, CA and Sacramento State University earning her B.A. with honors. She wrapped up her education with a master’s degree in social work in 1971.
Following graduation from high school, she worked briefly for the U.S. Navy, Central Disbursing Office in Seattle and the U.S. Marine Hospital in San Francisco. Later she worked at various social service agencies including Sierra Children’s Home (Vacaville, CA), Yolo County Mental Health Services, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Solano County Children’s Services, Director of Social Services at Kaiser Medical Center (Vallejo and Richmond, CA), Program Director of Emergency Foster Care Placements, and Aldea Children Services (Solano County). She briefly sold real estate at the Kelly Company where she was the top sales agent in her sixth month among three offices and thirty sales agents, supported by the owners and managers.
Volunteer work included leader of Brownies and Girl Scouts when her daughters were young. When she returned to Friday Harbor she served on the Cannery Village Condominium’s Board of Directors.
Marian was an avid reader who also enjoyed walking, dancing, theater, and Dixieland Jazz. Her parents provided her with violin, piano, and voice lessons. Mrs. Geneste taught classical piano, Mrs. Middleton taught popular piano (all music was handwritten in a spiral notebook), and Louise Tulloch taught voice.
While married to her former husband, George Flaherty, they lived on San Juan Island, in Bremerton, and Seattle, WA; Vallejo and Travis Air Force Base, CA; Shreveport, LA; Anchorage, AK; Mobile, AL; and Vacaville, CA.
Her parents and brother, Leslie, moved to San Anselmo, CA in December 1948. In 1972, Leslie returned to San Juan Island where he started his own business. Following her father’s death in 1978, her mother returned to Friday Harbor from Santa Rosa, CA in 1980. Marian returned to Friday Harbor in 1992 to care for her mother then relocated to Mount Vernon where she lived until 2018 when she relocated to Northern California to be close to family. The last three years of her life she was lovingly cared for by her granddaughter, Gina Chapman, and great-granddaughter, Leslie Baas.
Marian was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Lester W. LaBar Jr. (1946) and Leslie G. LaBar (1988). Also preceding her sadly was her daughter Linda Flaherty Guinn in 2014. She is survived by Linda’s daughters, Lori and Gina, four great-grandchildren (RJ, Leslie, Julia and Stephanie) and four great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret & Gary Moore, who provided her with three granddaughters (Michelle, Kari and Kristen), seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
A private committal will be held at the Valley Cemetery in Friday Harbor.