MaryAnn Diamond (Psaris) Wakefield, born June 5, 1923 to Michael Andrew and Emma Lee Psaris in Chicago, IL, passed away on January 6, 2018 in Edmonds, WA.  She was 94. MaryAnn and her family moved from Illinois to Startup, Washington when she was in the 6th grade where she lived until graduating from Sultan High School.  After graduation, she worked and lived in Seattle where she enjoyed many evenings at the USO.  She married her high school classmate, Bill Wakefield, in 1943 who was serving in the United States Marine Corps.  When WWII ended, they stayed in the Marine Corps for the remaining of his 20 years of service which took them to many parts of the United States until retirement in 1961 when they returned to western Washington.  After four years in Mountlake Terrace, they moved closer to their roots to Monroe where MaryAnn was an active member of the Friends of the Monroe Library, the VFW Ladies, and the Monroe Women’s Golf Club. 

She was a great fan of many sports and was a season ticket holder for the Seattle Seahawks from the early 1990s.  MaryAnn loved to knit, crochet and sew and collected many ribbons of all colors and sizes from her entries in the Evergreen State Fair. One of the greatest joys of her life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  After Bill’s passing in 1991, she remained in her home until at the age of 90 she moved into a senior living facility in Lynnwood.  

MaryAnn is survived by her daughter Michele Wakefield Edwards of Edmonds, son William G. Wakefield II (Bill), of Sultan; grandsons Chuck Edwards of Seattle, Mike Edwards of Layton, UT, Adriaan Wakefield of Edmonds and Will Wakefield III of Seattle, and seven great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William Grant Wakefield, Sr. and her brother, James Andrew Psaris.  A memorial service honoring MaryAnn will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11AM at Purdy & Kerr with Dawson Funeral Home, 409 W. Main St., Monroe, 360-794-7049,  Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in her name to the Friends of the Monroe Library.