Alumna and long-time friend of NNU, Dr. Marilee Shively (’77), passed away last Friday after a hard-fought battle with cancer. She recently concluded her six-year term as president of the Alumni Board and member of the Board of Trustees. Marilee brought to the position a tremendous love for NNU and passion for the Lord.
Marilee’s presidency will be remembered for her initiation of the Alumni Association’s JESUS Film Harvest Partners mission trips. Even though her health prevented her from traveling on the first trip to Bangladesh in 2012, she was the driving force behind the event, including raising over $20,000 for film equipment.
Director of Alumni Relations Darl Bruner says of NNU’s partnership with Marilee, “How blessed we were to have worked alongside this lady who truly exemplified Jesus on this earth!” The memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, at West Valley Church of the Nazarene, Yakima, Wash.
Dennis Strait, ’69 graduate from Anchorage, Alaska, is serving as the president pro tem. He is a retired educator, husband and father of two sons who are also NNU graduates.
To view a very special chapel that featured Dr. Marilee Shively from October 14, 2011, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5AMnvliddE.