Marie was born in Johnson City in 1936 to Pauline and Carl Wassum. She resided in Johnson City until the early 1990's then relocated to Nashville. Following moves to Chattanooga, New Tazewell, Knoxville and Maryville, Marie and Tom Mottern, her devoted husband of 26 years, moved back to Johnson City in 2018. Marie was a graduate of Science Hill High School and later ETSU, where in 1957 she graduated with a degree in Business, a pioneering degree for a female in those times. She was devoted to St. John's Episcopal Church where she created new children's programs and later worked to establish a robust written history of the Church. She was active as an officer for both the Girl Scout Council and the Junior League. She also served as the executive Director of the United Way. In her years away from Johnson City, Marie traveled the state as a Bank Examiner for the Tennessee Banking Commission.
Marie loved to travel, having visited much of Europe, Russia and many of the Islands. Her favorite though, was Alaska which she visited twice. As a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, spending time with her family brought the greatest joy, both to her and her loved ones.
Husband- Thomas C. Mottern; Children-Stacey Nadeau, Rosemarie Brandt, Stephen Brandt; Step Children-Mitch Mottern, Brad Mottern; Son in law Rick Nadeau, Daughter in law Deana Brandt; Grand Children-Johnathon Brandt, Jason Nadeau, Ben (Brandt) Nadeau, Megan Nadeau; Step Grandchildren Austin Minnick, Channing Blaylock, Astin Mottern Greer, Trevor Mottern, Peyton Mottern, Gage Mottern, Matthew McClure and Brandon Mottern; Great Grandchildren-Ross Nadeau, Cortana Blaylock, Hunter Rice, Faith Anne Rice.
Proceeded by: Parents-Carl and Pauline (Polly)Wassum; Brothers-Don and Doug Wassum
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the Saint John’s Episcopal Church from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. A memorial service is to follow at 11:00 am under the direction of Rev. Canon SuzeAnne Silla.
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Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City is serving the Mottern family. (423) 282-1521