Margaret Jane McClung

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2004

Longtime Juneau resident Margaret Jane McClung, 75, died April 22, 2004.

She was born April 1, 1929, to Oliver and Margaret Anderson in Jamestown, N.Y. She grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho.

In Alaska, she met her husband of 35 years, Jesse "Pick" McClung. They resided for 18 years in Juneau, where they raised five children. In 1970, they moved to Des Moines, Wash.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, she was active with the Kent Senior Center, skied with the Backsliders, and fished with the Northwest Women's Flyfishers Association. She explored the world, including less traveled destinations in Africa, Antarctica, China, Turkey and the Ukraine.

Her family wrote, "Jane's indomitable spirit, sense of humor, and love of life, friends, and family made her a true inspiration to all who knew her. No day will pass without special thoughts and memories of our friend, mentor and mother."

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1987 and her sisters, Mary, Judith and Sarah.

She is survived by her children, Kathryn (Michael) O'Neil of Burien, Wash.; Michael (Emilee) of Wilkerson, Wash., Jeffery (Silvia) of Browns Point, Wash., Stephen (Debra) of Kent, Wash., and Timothy (Duska) of Tacoma, Wash.; grandchildren, Kelly, Shannon, Stephanie, Stacey, Michael, Jesse, Kelson, and Daniel; sisters Kathryn and Susan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass was held April 30 at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Kent. A Celebration of Life was held at the Kent Senior Center. A private family burial was at the Maple Valley-Hobart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a gift to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, P. O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21203-7279 or

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