In Loving Memory of Marlene Brenning-Palmateer: 1932-2022 


Marlene Dian (White) Brenning-Palmateer, 89, with family by her side, went to be with Jesus Monday, Aug. 1, 2022, in Lexington, Washington. 

Marlene was born Aug. 22, 1932, to Clarence and Sophie (Isaacson) White in Seattle, Washington. She lost her dad when she was 2. As an only child, she spent most of her years growing up with her many aunts, uncles and cousins. She lived the majority of her life on the family homestead in Winlock, Washington. 

Marlene accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior in her teens and dedicated her life to serving the Lord in any way she could. She was gifted with a beautiful singing voice, which she used to bring joy and the salvation message whenever and wherever she could. 

Playing her accordion and singing for Jesus took her literally around the world. 

She met her future husband, Warren Brenning, while singing at a mission in Seattle, Washington. She was working at a bank and ministering through song in her spare time. They were married a short time later and had eight children within a 10-year period. 

Marlene and Warren spent a great deal of their life singing with their children songs about Jesus and traveling as a family wherever they could to share the love of God through their music. Their family ministry took them all over the United States and 27 countries throughout Europe and the Middle East. 

Later in life, Marlene was involved in Women’s Aglow, a ministry for women. She served on the board in various capacities for many years. 

She also started a secondhand store ministry with her good friend Mary Torbenson in the town of Winlock to help people in need and share the love of God with her community. 

Later in life, she married Jerry Palmateer and spent their retirement years together on the family homestead. 

She has accurately been described by all who had the pleasure of knowing her that she had the most beautiful smile and was one of the kindest people they knew; someone who had a heart of gold. 

Marlene is survived by seven of her children, Joyanne, Julie, John (Jill), Jana, Jeanne (Dean), Jenny (Dean) and Joel (Cindy); grandchildren, Jeromy, Jackie, Jessica, John, Justin, Jasper, Jani, Julien, Jaci-anna, Jared, Josh, Jason, Jacob, Joshua, Jamie, Jeff, Jennie, Derek, Jaylene, Joseph and Janie; and numerous great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. 

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Warren Brenning; second husband, Jerry Palmateer; daughter, Jodie Cothren; great-granddaughter, Samantha Kelley; and great-grandson James Robinson. 

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, at the Vader Assembly of God Church in Vader. 

A potluck reception will be held after the service. Bring a dish to share, along with your favorite memories. 

We’ll say goodbye now, 

God’s love be with you now. 

Until we meet at Jesus feet, 

We’ll keep our eyes stayed on Him. 

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