It is with a heavy heart to announce the passing of Lucille Marie Tryon (Griner). Never being fond of her first name, she went by her middle, Marie. Marie was born to Andrew and Ellen Griner October 17th, 1926 in Milk Springs, Idaho. She was third born of four siblings, Richard, Lester and Betty. Often thought of as her younger sister’s twin, Marie and Betty were two peas in a pod and had a very close bond. Marie’s mother passed away in February of 1974. Marie’s father lived with her until his death in July of 1980 and was every bit as kind and sweet as her.
She was swooned by the love of her life Loraine (Larry) Edwin Tryon on the dance floor in Stateline Gardens, Idaho and were married on May 12, 1946. Marie and Larry resided in Spokane, Washington and Springfield, Oregon before settling in Waldport, Oregon in 1958. Marie and Larry had eight children together, including Gary, Gayle, Rick, Vernon (Bim), Robert (Bob), Pamela, and Loren. Marie and Larry shared the same love for each child while never forgetting the loss of their second born child, William, shortly after birth. Marie often proudly boasted about having 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Marie was dedicated to sharing her love by proudly crocheting baby blankets for every single grandchild so that each child would be wrapped in Marie’s love and warmth.
Marie and Larry lived in a couple different homes in Waldport. The bulk of the children’s youth was spent in their Broadway Street home in Old Town Waldport where their family built immeasurable memories with each other and found lifelong friendships. Marie and Larry ultimately settled on their 40-acre farm on the Alsea Highway in 1972. Often times you would find her in the strawberry field or raspberry patch picking the most delicious berries you ever tasted. The farm thrived with livestock, extravagant vegetable gardens, a cherry orchard, and countless memories the children still talk about today. They had several fish ponds stocked with hundreds of the largest trout you ever saw. According to Larry, dog food was the trick to catch the big trout. It was this farm that Marie’s family grew substantially in size and where she and Larry welcomed all and any to experience this magical place full of love.
For most of her life, just about anyone could rely on “Waffle Sunday” and it was well known by those in the family. Waffle Sunday was described by a member of the Tryon family as a time of where you would become hypnotized with the smell of Marie’s homemade waffles drenched with hand-whisked whipped cream and homemade jam made from the berries Marie grew and picked. Marie and Larry would often be seen cruising through town in their 1972 El Camino side-by-side; Marie was never in the passenger seat, not in life and definitely not in their 1972 El Camino. You could ask just about any child or grandchild for a story that included the El Camino. Marie fiercely loved and protected her family unconditionally. Marie was enduring, feisty, thoughtful, and had a great sense of humor. You would often hear her joke, “Man, I’ve got a weird family” or in asking her how she slept the night prior, “Well, with my eyelids shut.”
For years Marie dreamed of the “smooth ride” of a Chevy Cadillac and finally obtained that dream in her later years. She loved chocolate covered cherries and nothing got in between her and Bingo; often going two times a week with her confidant, Pam. Marie won a lot, including once winning $10,000 in a slot machine. Marie’s laughter was contagious and when she got to giggling, everyone was giggling. Marie was a diehard Seattle Mariners fan and, boy, she would get fired up over baseball. Her smile filled the room with all the love in the world. She had grace, grit, honesty, and loyalty; all traits she passed on to the children she raised and nurtured.
Marie and Larry were happily married for over 55 years until Larry’s passing in January of 2001. Larry proudly served as a United States Marine and Marie was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). After Larry’s passing, Marie continued to pass her time living life to the fullest and sharing stories of Larry and their family. Marie always looked forward to her weekly pampering at the salon with her favorite gals.
Marie died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, November 1st of natural causes at the age of 93. The family feels fortunate that Marie blessed us all with as much time as she could and now can rest peacefully with Larry where they will continue their love for each other forever.
Family will be hosting a POTLUCK Celebration of Life for family and friends on Saturday, November 9th from 1-5 p.m. at The Bayshore Beach Club, 1512 NW Oceania Dr, Waldport, OR 97394. Please bring warm food, cold beer, and memories to share.