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Margaret Ann Premzic was born in Cumberland Co., VA in 1933, and passed away after a brief illness on July 10, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Premzic, and is survived by her son, Richard Premzic (Sharon), and her daughters Terry Coleman (Doug), Helen Jensen (Mark), and embraced daughter, DeVon Mabry (Ron); as well as her grandchildren: Andy, Heidi, Clair, Allie, Jack, Susan, Isaac, and Zack. She is also survived by several cousins on Jack's side, and her step-sister Helen Townsend.

Mom grew up in the country until she was 8 years old. Her family moved to Farmville, VA where she and her Mom lived in their own upstairs apartment in a huge farmhouse with her grandparents. In a short story Mom wrote, she tells us the following details:

"I grew up during WWII with meager resources. At Christmastime, we hand made all of our decorations, dressed the tree without lights, as there wasn't money for 'extras.' During this time, we remember folks covering the windows of the house with quilts and blankets at night so the town would look dark in case of an air raid."

Mom began her love of drawing and sewing in elementary school. She remembers making a charcoal drawing of a clown in first grade, and recalls music and art as two of her favorite subjects. In 4th grade she studied history and geography, which she did not like. She wove her first purse in 6th grade and actually put in her first zipper! In 8th grade she made her first dress, a blue skirt and jacket. She also loved acting in school plays, starting in 8th grade through her senior year.

Mom graduated from high school in 1951, and immediately went to Washington DC to work for the FBI as a secret agent (aka fingerprint expert). After a time she was bored with that, so she took a course on shorthand and typing, transferred to a different department and worked as a stenographer for the FBI until 1954. She quit working for the FBI in 1954 and went to work for an accounting firm in the big city.

On September 4, 1954, she married Jack Premzic, and once pregnant quit working for the accounting firm and became a stay-at-home mom, raising her three children.

After living back east, our family was stationed in southern California until 1966. In spring of 1966, our family was relocated to Oak Harbor, WA while dad continued to serve in the US Navy. Upon retiring from the Navy, dad worked for the state, and then moved to Kennewick, WA where they made their residence for many years. Kennewick was mom's home.

Mom was a great seamstress, baker, artist, wife, mom, and general homemaker. There was never a missed meal, laundry undone, a lunch not made. She made Terry and Helen's clothes from birth to high school, as well as her own clothing, including square dance skirts and petticoats, down to the bloomers!

She was not only a mom to many, but a friend to all. She loved her TOPS ladies and her womens' retreat friends with all her heart. We are very fortunate to have had her here on this earth for as long as we did, and will always treasure the memories we share.

In the past couple of years, mom has had some medical "issues" that slowed her down, but nothing ever "got her down." This sudden, brief illness claimed her life, yet she was accepting of it, and told us that "I'm old enough so I don't have to feel like I'm dying too young." She also told us to "Let it go." She remained a positive, loving, caring influence up until her last moments with us. She loved her family more than anything, and thoroughly enjoyed spending quality time with her wonderful friends from all walks of life. She was profoundly blessed by deep friendships with Kay Atwood, Dolly Brown and Virginia Lodahl. She will be greatly missed, but will forever be a part of all of us.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Nazarene Church, 7305 W. Court St., Pasco, WA on July 18, 2015 at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the, or You can share your memories at

Published in Tri-City Herald on July 15, 2015