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Graveside services will be held at Sequim View Cemetery, 1505 Sequim-Dungeness Way, on Friday, August 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. for Mary M. McLauchlin of Sequim, who passed away surrounded by family on August 7, 2014, at the age of 81 after a brave battle with cancer.
She was born December 29, 1932, to Charles and Roxie Horton in Wayland, Kentucky.
Mary spent her early years in a Kentucky coal mining town, later moving with her family to Portsmouth, Virginia. It was there that she married John H. McLauchlin on January 12, 1950.
After living in different places across the U.S. during John's Air Force career, they settled in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1967. They remained there until moving to Sequim in 1980. Their years together were an inspiration to all who knew them.
Mary was always ready to lend a helping hand. She was a very proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 62 in Sequim for many years. She was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Sequim and the Mount View Women's Club. She proudly supported our veterans.
Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John, in 2009 and her brothers Claude (Sonny), Clyde and Carl Horton.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Elizabeth Ann (John) Crowe of Gold Bar, Washington; two grandchildren, Stephanie (Josh) Carlson and Carl Crowe and his fiancee, Ashley Brown; two great-grandchildren, Levi and Chase; her brothers Franklin Horton and John Horton, both of Virginia; and sisters Manda Drumm and Sharlene Olds, both of Florida.
Mary also leaves behind numerous extended family members and very dear friends.
The family would like to thank everyone for all the kindness, love and support they have shown. Also, a special thank-you to Providence Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County.
Mary was a caring, loving and generous mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Family and friends played an important role in Mary's life.
She was known for always sending cards, rarely missing a birthday or other occasion. Mary's many talents included making clothes and quilts, beautiful crafts and needlework that won ribbons in fairs.
Anyone who knew her had only good things to say. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She will be in our hearts forever.
Any donations in her honor may be made to American Legion Auxiliary Post 62, www.alpost62.com, or Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, http://tinyurl.com/donateophs.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Aug. 17, 2014