Vanette LaVerne (Burns) Mrachek
August 12, 1934 ~ February 3, 2014
Vanette Mrachek passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014. Vanette LaVerne Burns was born on August 12, 1934, in Valdosta, GA to Avis Haller and Van William Burns and was raised in Stuart, FL and Little Rock, AR. Vanette graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a degree in Biology in 1955. She trained as a medical technologist at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. In 1956, Vanette married Bill Fisher. In 1960, the Fishers were relocated to Oak Harbor, WA and settled at Lake Chelan in 1962. Through the 60’s, Vanette was active in PTA, the local hospital guilds, as a den mother and as chief cook, bottle washer, chauffeur, and overseer to the busy lives of her three children. In the mid 70’s, Vanette moved the two remaining children in the home to Wenatchee and resumed her career as a medical technologist at Wenatchee Valley Clinic. In 1984, Vanette married Loren Mrachek and added five more grown sons and daughters plus three spouses to the family. Vanette always loved a good time and had many friends in both the Lake Chelan and Wenatchee Valleys. In later years, Vanette traveled extensively; attended Broadway shows and Broadway tour shows around the country and supported various charities and other groups in Wenatchee, most notably the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee and the Riverside Playhouse. Vanette also supported and followed the academic, athletic and musical endeavors of her 11 grandchildren.
Vanette was preceded in death by her husband, Loren Mrachek; and daughter, Melinda Sue Pereyo. She is survived by their children, Mary Blackham (Kevin Aiken), Dan Mrachek, Lorna Mrachek, Michael Mrachek (Laura Laurent Mrachek), all of Wenatchee, Rich Fisher of Spokane, Adrianne Campbell of Vancouver, WA and Bobbi Agens of Coquille, OR; and their 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Wenatchee Hospice or the Performing Arts Center. A Celebration of Life reception will be scheduled later in the year. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home, Wenatchee.