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Margaretta Smith Boucher

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Margaretta Smith BOUCHER Margaretta Smith Boucher passed away at home on April 4th. She was 93. Margaretta was born at home in Seattle on Capital Hill on May 6th, 1917 to J. Speed Smith and Anna Gillan Smith. When Margaretta was seven she contracted polio which kept her in bed over a year. She wore a brace from that time on and underwent numerous surgeries. She spent time in Kentucky and Warm Springs Georgia and returned home in her late teens. Bob Rourke, her soon to be brother-in-law, convinced her to enroll at the University on Washington promising to drive her on campus and pick her up at all her classes. She loved the UW and became a Pi Phi. Margaretta and her sisters Jane and Libby, spent their summers at their home in Port Madison on Bainbridge Island. After college she married W.C. Boucher and had a daughter Barret. In 1968 Margaretta began work at Children's Hospital in the outpatient clinics. She loved working at Childrens and parents and patients both adored her. She took an early retirement when she was 79. After retirement she loved traveling, her latest adventure was Cabo for her adored grandson's wedding, playing mahjong, painting, being on the computer and reading. She always said as long as she had she had books and wine she would be happy. Margaretta had the unique ability to make everyone she met feel special and loved. Margaretta was preceded in death by her sister Jane Colelman Michael.She is survived by her daughter Barret Elizabeth Root (Ken), grandson Chris Peck (Tara), niece Jane Rourke Stark, nephew Dr. Robert Rourke,Jr, and their children Rob, Anne, Kyle and Tyler. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Prospect Preschool. Margaretta started out everyday saying out loud "I am so lucky!" We were so lucky. There will be a celebration in honor of Margaretta May 21st 3:00 p.m. Nile Golf and Country Club, 6601 244th St SW Mountlake Terrace
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 24, 2011
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