Memorial service Sunday for West Seattle native Mimi Feisst

May 18, 2012 2:26 am
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The family of Mimi Feisst says her memorial service is planned for 1:30 pm this Sunday (May 20th) at The Sanctuary at Admiral (2656 42nd SW). Here’s their remembrance of her:

Mimi (Marilyn Jean) Summersby Feisst passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington, on the 29th of April after battling cancer for several months. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Annette and H. Samuel (Sam) Bartel, and husband Allan Feisst. Mimi is survived by son Scott Summersby and granddaughter Taylor of Florida, daughter Kristen Summersby, daughter Dana Brooks, son-in-law Jim Brooks, grandchildren Zachary, Zahn and Allyson, foster daughter Susan Tekola, son-in-law Fasil Tekola, grandchildren Tanesha, Sarra, Sophie and Nataly, sister Janet Deardorff and husband Jerry Deardorff, niece Molly, nephew Christopher, all of Washington, sister Susan Bartel and partner Lorraine Tarrant (of New Zealand), nephew Ian MacDonald (of Washington), and niece Sarah Bartel (of New Zealand).

Mimi’s first love was her family.

From special birthdays and holiday celebrations to everyday visits, family made her heart sing. Throughout her life, Mimi made every effort to create and capture special family memories. Her favorite travel adventures included the trips she shared with her children, sisters, and grandchildren. The trips with her family to the cabin near Snoqualmie were among her favorite outings over the years – she loved being surrounded by family and watching the grandkids experience wholesome outdoor fun.

Mimi’s love of travel was offered as a gift to her family – big trips and little trips, each one planned like a mission. There were historic trips, fun trips, scenic trips, relaxing trips…it didn’t matter if it was by train, plane, boat, car or bus, Mimi knew how to get there and what to do. She planned camping adventures, shopping trips, cultural trips, fishing excursions, skating outings, big-city trips, trips to dog races, trips to the biggest mall, the best county fairs, reindeer farms, corn mazes, afternoon tea, concert experiences and garage sales…every jaunt was a favorite – there was no such thing as just a trip with Mimi, every single one was special! And each one was recorded in the photos she took. In recent years, many trips were recorded in the personal photo books she created. She was our memory maker!

Her second love was travel, with an emphasis on Alaska. Mimi planned tours, booked tours, created custom tours, personally guided tours, and even processed tour records. She was the quintessential tour guide! Her in-depth knowledge of Alaska and her creativity made her the perfect visitor-relations representative – she was tireless! Mimi got up early and retired late; she wrote poems for travelers, took their photos, sent mementos of their trips. It was her personal goal to ensure her travelers were engaged, informed and went home happy. And they loved her! In 1986, Mimi was awarded the prestigious Gold Pan Award by the Alaska Visitors Association for her excellent service in Alaska tourism.

Mimi was a native of West Seattle and a life-long resident of Washington State. Life took her away at times, but Washington was home. After living in Washington, DC and having two of her children, Mimi returned to West Seattle, where she raised all three of her children and launched her successful career in travel and tourism. Eventually, she relocated to Puyallup where she finished her career with Alaska Airlines this winter.

While in Puyallup, Mimi held an honored role in the Red Hat Society as Queen of the Sans Souci Scarlet Chapter since 2006. Her volunteer work with the Red Hat Society allowed Mimi to serve her community and help many women in the organization, and it offered the perfect venue for Mimi to share her many wonderful talents and creativity with other women. She loved her involvement in the Red Hat Society and discovered many new friends through the group. She was a dedicated leader and enthusiastic member, and she remained active in the society through her illness. Her Red Hat friends will miss her friendship, her dedication to the Society, and her leadership.

A memorial service to honor Mimi’s life and share stories and memories with the family will be held on Sunday, May 20th at the Sanctuary at Admiral in West Seattle from 1:30 pm to 4 pm. For information on the location, please visit

Not everyone gets a Mimi in their life! All of us who knew and loved her are the lucky ones. Her absence is only softened by sharing her memory. Mimi will be missed deeply and forever by her family and friends.

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