Margaret Ethel Rasor

Margaret Ethel Rasor, 83, a longtime resident of Copalis Beach, died on Monday, January 6, 2014, in Bothell, Washington. Margaret was born on October 9, 1929, in Sioux City, Iowa, to parents Ray Stanley and Thelma Mae (Tague) Seeley.

The family had lived in Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL., prior to moving to Portland in 1946. She attended and graduated from Grant High School in Portland. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in education. She returned to Portland where she began her teaching career.

While serving as a counselor at a children’s summer Bible camp in Westport, she met her future husband, Ira “Newt” Rasor. The couple was married on June 18, 1954. They moved to Copalis Beach in 1954, where Newt pastored Copalis Beach Community Church. Margaret taught in the North Beach School district until retiring in 2006, just short of 59 years.

In addition to dedicating their lives to God, Newt and Margaret dedicated their lives to each other. The love shared between each other spilled out to their family and those around them. The Rasor children noted that through 55 years of marriage, the couple had always been able to stay together until the very end.

Relatives include her children and their spouses, Frank and Rhonda Rasor of Kirkland, Tim and Margaret Rasor of Tacoma, Jon and Jessica Rasor of Anchorage, Alaska, and Joanna and Brian Babbitt of Gig Harbor; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Sean, Jeremy, Kyle, Stephanie, Christopher, Casey, Carter and Hayden Rasor and Samuel and Ana Sofia Babbitt; a brother, Mark Seeley of Tacoma; and sisters, Sue Walt of Portland and Jeanie Krueger of Edmonds. Their first born, Becki, was killed in an automobile accident in 1994.

A committal service will be held at 11 a.m., Today, January 18, 2014, at Aberdeen’s Fern Hill Cemetery. A funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m., at the Copalis Beach Community Church. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Copalis Community Church, P.O. Box 279, Copalis Beach, WA 98535.

Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary in Hoquiam. Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the online register at


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