This loving tribute to Marian was written by her only daughter, Natasha Andersen.
Marian Myers Hargrove Pliska died peacefully at home over the 4th of July weekend. Her daughter Natasha Andersen was with her at the time of her death.
Marian was born in Midas, Nevada, on October 18, 1912. Marian’s father, Tom Hargrove, and uncles, George and John Meyers, came to Midas as drayers, hauling supplies the more than 60 miles over the desert from Golconda or Winnemucca on sleds with mules. Marian’s mother, Annie Veronica Hargrove, was active in the little theater in town and also was a member of the school board. Marian’s Aunt Kate Meyers opened the first general store in Midas. Marian’s maternal grandparents, George and Delia Myers, even sold their ranch in Sierra Valley and moved to Midas. (It is not known when the spelling of the name diverged into Meyers and Myers for various members of the same family, but the documents show that Marian was always named Myers even though close relatives used the spelling Meyers.)
In 1926, Marian left Midas and went to Grass Valley, California as a boarder at the Mount St. Mary’s Academy. Her younger sister Ruth later joined her at the school. Marian returned home to Reno in about 1939 and stayed with her mother, Annie Veronica Hargrove. Annie and Aunt Kate immediately took Marian out to Midas to visit the Meyers side of the family.
At the beginning of WWII, Marian's brothers, Don and Jack Hargrove, were prospecting in Alaska, and they persuaded Marian to go to Alaska to work. Soon after WWII broke out for the United States, Marian went to Anchorage and worked as secretary to the Base Commander. After the war ended, Marian returned to the lower 48, going first to Reno and then staying with Aunt Kate in Richmond, California. She was living with Aunt Kate when Aunt Kate died in 1946.
Marian married, had twins Nicholas and Natasha in 1949, and earned a teaching credential. While she was teaching Special Education, Marian taught her students how to make kiln fired clay tiles. She then used those tiles to create the very first ever school mural. She appeared in Art magazines as far away as South America. She was even visited by the famous sculptor Benny Bufano. She taught Special Education in the San Mateo public schools for more than twenty years, retiring as Vice Principal of Foster City School.
In July of 1966, Marian, her husband Ed Pliska and Nicholas and Natasha moved to Monrovia, Liberia, where Ed took over the American Cooperative School and Marian taught 5th grade. They later went to Pinewood School in Thessaloniki, Greece. Marian continued to teach in California schools.
Marian was widowed in 1973. She continued to travel, visiting Windsor, England and Marrakech, Morocco. She took cruises on the Royal Viking lines to Scandinavia and Russia. Marian loved to fly over the Nevada Mountains in David and Natasha’s airplane. She was able to visit Midas for the first time in many years in January of 2009. When they arrived, there were several feet of snow on the ground but fortunately, the good citizens of Midas embraced Marian and invited her and her family in for a visit down memory lane. Marian treasured that visit for the rest of her life.
Marian is predeceased by her parents, Thomas William and Anne Veronica (Myers) Hargrove; her sisters Margaret and Ruth; and her brother Donald Hargrove. She is loved and missed by her son Nicholas (Lori) Severais and their children Kaitlyn, Ian and Craig; by her daughter Natasha (David) Andersen and Natasha’s children, Martine D’Agostino, Jeannine, Larissa and Ryan Bray; by her nieces Candace (Michael) Toto and Kris (Dave) Christiansen; and by her brother Jack Hargrove.