|Birth: ||Mar. 11, 1931|
|Death: ||Feb. 10, 2010|
Mona Fay Kleiner Secord was born in Tacoma on 3-11-1931 and died in Seattle on 2-10-2010. After graduating from Stadium High School in 1948, she moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she earned her undergraduate degree and teaching certificate. She was a lifelong Washingtonian except for a 2-year adventure in San Francisco in the 1950s. She taught grade school for 17 years, was beloved by her students, and continued to influence kids by teaching piano after retiring from Seattle Public Schools.
Her first date with Don Secord in November 1961 was to see a lecture by an emerging leader named Martin Luther King Jr. on his only visit to Seattle. Mona and Don were wed by his-and-hers rabbis on March 11, 1962 during the buzz of Seattle's Century 21 Exposition. They made their home on Queen Anne Hill, where they raised their son Dave, for 27 happy years until Don's death in 1989.
Mona will be remembered for her prolific letter-writing, generosity of spirit and deed, thoughtfulness, kindness, quick laughter, and quirky sense of humor that sustained her through difficult times. She maintained these wonderful central attributes throughout her life, including during a protracted battle with Parkinson's Disease.
Her sense of adventure came out in her love of travel, which included a trip to Europe with "the girls" in 1959; a family trip to Israel in 1979; many road trips in WA, OR, and BC; a dream trip with Don to New Zealand; salmon fishing in Alaska; and random adventures with Dave to places like a Chinese restaurant in Prince Rupert, BC in the dead of winter, a John Deere tractor factory in Ottumwa, Iowa during a thunderstorm, and the foggy Azores for a meal cooked in a geothermal mudhole. She loved photography, baking, small towns, Seattle history, Queen Anne Hill (including her ILUVQA license plate), social justice, humor, music, travel, laughter, her family and many friends. We loved her, she enriched our lives immeasurably, and her story will live on in the memories of many.
She was predeceased by brother Dolph Kleiner, parents Leon J. Kleiner and Esther Wodlinger Kleiner, and husband Donald Eugene Secord. She will be dearly missed by her loving son David Lee Secord, daughter-in-law Amy Loelle Adams, and many cousins, in-laws, and close friends. We extend our profound appreciation to the caring staff at Kline Galland Home and Group Health Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations were sent to the Staff Appreciation Fund at the Kline Galland Home, Conservation Northwest, Historic Seattle, Children's Hospital, or the National Parkinson Foundation. A celebration of Mona's life was held Sunday, March 28 from 12:00-4:00pm at Ray's Northwest Room, 6049 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle.
Leon Juda Kleiner (1894 - 1981)
Esther Karla Wodlinger Kleiner (1898 - 1983)
Donald Eugene Secord (1921 - 1989)*
Mona Fay Kleiner Secord (1931 - 2010)
Dolph Samuel Kleiner (1934 - 1958)*
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Lowell S Adams
Record added: Jul 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55405074