Marie Yvonne Marks, 75, passed away unexpectedly on December 10, 2020, in Boise, Idaho. A celebration of life barbeque will be held at the residence of Joanne and Kody Hufford at 47862 Anthony Lake Highway, North Powder, Oregon 97867 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 22, 2021.\nMarie was born in Ventura, CA, on January 22, 1945, to Harold and Ruth Clausen of Ojai, CA; she was the youngest and had two older brothers, Jerald and Robert Clausen. Marie grew up in Ojai, CA, and graduated from Nordhoff High in 1962. She went on to graduate from Community College in Ventura, CA. Marie met her husband of 56 years, Louis Eugene Marks, on a blind date for the formal company Christmas party. On their second date, Louis took Marie quail hunting in the mountains above Ojai kicking off a lifetime of love, and they have been inseparable ever since.\nWhen they decided to tie the knot, Marie and Louis chose to elope in the neighboring county instead of having an extravagant wedding like her brothers and friends have had. They thought they would keep it a secret from their family for a while. They were unaware the notice would come out in the paper, and well wishes would be sent to Marie's mom congratulating her and her daughter. Ruth was not happy to learn that her daughter got married without her knowing.\nWork then took Louis and Marie to Eureka, California, for several years. They also purchased houses to remodel and sell in their spare time. Marie always had a love for horses and dreamed of owning her own someday. To make that dream come true, they saved up their money and, in 1977, purchased a cattle ranch in Dayville, OR. They ran cattle and raised a family, then moved to North Powder, OR in 1989 where they have lived ever since. They kept ranching but also continued their love for fixing up apartments and houses.\nMarie made a lasting and loving impression on everyone who met her, from one-time acquaintances to a longtime friend. There was hardly ever anyone who had a cross word or bad memory of her. You would be hard-pressed ever to find someone who was more giving of themselves. She worked tirelessly side by side to build her and Louis's dreams. She was never one to complain about being stuck outdoors working in the cold or the heat, and we all just thought that was the way she preferred it. She never met an animal she did not love; between raising horses, cattle, lambs, and puppies, to even a stray baby badger, she doted over them all.\nOne thing Marie loved the most was kids and helping the community. She always had open doors to whoever was in need. Marie was always willing to put a roof over your head and cook you a warm meal. She loved going on senior trips and watching sports. The life she and Louis built and her grandkids were her most significant accomplishments and what she was the proudest of. She was a caring and loving person who will be greatly missed by many and truly made the world a better place.\nMarie was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and Harold Clausen Ojai, CA. Brother Jerald Clausen of Dayville, OR.\nSurvived by her husband Louis E. Marks of North Powder, OR. Brother Robert Clausen of Florence, OR. Son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Kelli Marks of Baker City, OR. Daughter and son-in-law JoAnne and Kody Hufford of North Powder, OR. Four grandchildren Tyler and Megan Hufford, Lance, and Shelby Marks. Sister-in-law Patti Bittenbender of Walnut Creek, CA.\nThe family adds that instead of flowers, please send donations in memory of Marie Marks to North Powder Charter School through Gray's West & Co. Pioneer Chapel at 1500 Dewey Ave., Baker City, OR 97814 to help her legacy live.