Margaret Joanne Macaulay

Posted: Sunday, September 19, 2010

Margaret Joanne Macaulay, age 92, died Sept. 13, 2010, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle after a brief illness.

Born Nov. 8, 1917 in Yakima, Wash to George and Mabel Mellis, she grew up with her parents and older brother Wilbur in the orchards of the Yakima Valley. At 12 years old, she worked picking cherries for 10 cents an hour. She graduated valedictorian from Zillah High School, and then went on to earn her bachelor's degree from Washington State University.

In 1940, she married Hugh Macaulay and moved to the Seattle area until after World War II. They then moved to Port Angeles where they raised their sons Doug, Ladd, and Bob, along with foster children.

They moved with their children into the family home at Kowee Creek, in Juneau in 1956, adding youngest son Scott to the family. Here Joanne served many multi-cultural benefit dinners each October raising funds for UNICEF. She was an active member of Northern Light United Church and served with the Methodist Women's Auxiliary. She worked for the Municipal Court and then Gov. Jay Hammond as secretary, and later for the Department of Public Safety until her retirement.

In 1982, she and Hugh moved to Bainbridge Island, becoming active in Seabold Methodist Church and local Bible studies. She will be remembered for her delicious pies, cookies, and breads. Joanne had a heart for service, and was a strong woman of prayer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, son Ladd and grandson Jerry. She is survived by her husband, children Doug and wife Barbara of Hayden, Idaho, Linda of Juneau, Bob and wife Kelly of Sequim, Wash., Scott and wife Jeanie of Juneau; grandchildren Cindy Cashen, Susan Macaulay, Amy Jo and Andy Meiners, Andy and Carrie Macaulay, and Liam Macaulay, all of Juneau, Jim and Carrie Macaulay of Creston, British Columbia, Canada, and Whitney Macaulay of Sequim, Wash.; great grandchildren Sam, Anne, and Donna Cashen, Maggie, Gracie, and Abby Meiners, Jake, Rachel, and Ben Macaulay, James and Ashley Macaulay and great great grandchild Savannah Croteau.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Seabold Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 6894 NE Seabold Church Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Seabold Methodist Church on Bainbridge Island with a reception to follow at the church hall. Family may be contacted through Bob Macaulay, 2183 E. Sequim Bay Road, Sequim, WA 98382-7656.

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