Margaret "Babe" Furness|
July 30, 1924 ~ March 19, 2013
Margaret "Babe" Furness and her infectious smile passed into heaven and eternal happiness on March 19, 2013. Lovingly known to her family as Gigi, her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her beloved dog, Roxy, were at her side during in her last moments here on earth. Her husband Ward was waiting in heaven to welcome her.
Margaret, a Seattle native, was born July 30, 1924 to Gordon and Margaret Wilson. She attended St. Benedicts Grade school and graduated from Lincoln High in 1942, where she met the love of her life and future husband, Ward P. Furness. They were married at the end of WWII when Ward returned from Guam. Margaret loved being a homemaker, gardening, her family and Whidbey Island, where she lived her last 30 years. Over the years she participated and contributed her time to many organizations: Children's Orthopedic Hospital, The Ryther Group, Aqua Club, MBARC Ranch for Lost Children, St Hubert's Catholic Church, Useless Bay Golf & Country Club, Waif, and The WOWs. She loved the game of golf, card games and cherished time with her family. She also loved her yard and walking Roxy on Mutiny Bay beach. She was always willing and ready to go anywhere and cherished adventure. On her 74th birthday she parasailed over Lake Sammamish.
Margaret returned to Seattle to be closer to her family her last two years. She enjoyed and appreciated wonderful care at Emerald Heights, Redmond, WA. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Ward and her godmother Lucille Rooney. She is survived by three children: Marlene Frost (Ron), Rich Furness and Marilyn Steele. She leaves behind seven beautiful grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren she adored.
At her request, her Celebration of Life service will be at St Hubert's Catholic Church in Langley WA on June 14, 2013 at 11am. A lunch celebration follows at Useless Bay Golf and Country club.
We wish to thank all her wonderful caregivers at Emerald Heights and later Hospice for giving her so much comfort and loving care her last couple of years. They were such a blessing to Margaret and her family.
Published in The Seattle Times from May 11 to June 9, 2013