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Margaret Loring McRea

Memorial Service Sept. 10

Margaret died unexpectedly but peacefully of pneumonia on Saturday, August 20, 2011. She was 90 years old. Margaret was born in Friday Harbor above her father's dentist office on Spring St. (the current Sandpebble.) She was the oldest of three children born to Dr. Roger Loring and Phebe Mae Loring.

Her brothers are Roger S. Loring, and James (Bud) Loring (deceased). While she grew up during the depression, she often said they were lucky to live on the Island where the entire community looked out for each other. Even though times were hard, they did not want for necessities or childhood fun..

She graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1938 as co-valedictorian and then went on to the University of Washington where she graduated with a B.S. in Botany.


She met her husband of 66 years, Alex McRea, in Friday Harbor where Alex was working to pay his way through college. They dated for 6 years while Alex earned a degree in Fisheries Science.

After graduation, Alex went on to Naval Officer's school. They were married before his deployment in 1943 at Margaret's family home in Friday Harbor. .

After they were married, Alex spent the next three years with the Navy in the South Pacific serving aboard a mine sweeper, and Margaret lived with friends and worked at Alaska Steamship Company in Seattle.

After the war, they moved to Alaska where Alex started his career with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game. They lived in Anchorage and then Juneau, where Margaret spent many years with the Dept. of Highways, ending as a Right of Way agent with the Dept.of Transportation.

They spent a happy part of their life in Alaska on the water fishing and traveling the Inside Passage with family and friends. For years Margaret opened their home in Juneau to house members of high school sports teams who, in order to compete in Southeast Alaska in those days, had to travel to other towns for their games.

Margaret's greatest joy was her family and her friends. .

She is survived by her daughter Phebe and son-in-law Victor, her brother Roger Loring, wife Lynn, and niece Lisa, her granddaughter Andean Lucas, and grandson Alex and his wife Rose, and great-grandchildren Roxanna, Scarlett, and Lucy Ave Margaret.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Sept. 10, 1:30 pm, Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, 425 Spring St., Friday Harbor, WA. Family Burial is at Valley Cemetery, Friday Harbor, WA.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, POB 946, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, or Hospice of San Juan, POB 1434, Friday Harbor, WA. 98250.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans FuneralChapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Margaret, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.


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