Margaret Jane “Tannahill” Larsson


Margaret Jane “Tannahill” Larsson, was born on August 26, 1930, in Hoquiam, Washington, to James A. and Mabel R. Tannahill. Margaret passed away on September 26, 2012, in her daughter’s arms in the family home at Lake Quinault, Washington. This was the place she loved more than any other.

Margaret was raised in Hoquiam and would attend college at Washington State University and the University of Hawaii, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and Psychology.

She taught for a time in Hoquiam, then moved to Anacortes, Washington where she taught and would meet her future husband, Art Larsson, also a teacher. Among other sports, he coached wrestling, which she thoroughly enjoyed, and her family remembers that at the end of wrestling season, when the squad did not have to pull weight any more, she would have a pie feed at the house. Two pies for each wrestler, whatever kind they wanted. The oven was going all day and the counter and tables were loaded. She would live here the rest of her life except for summers and holidays which were always spent at Lake Quinault and the family home in Hoquiam. She was a 59-year member of the P.E.O. and a longtime member of the Order of Eastern Star. Her greatest joys in life were her family, cooking, entertaining and traveling.

She loved to gather her family and friends and cook for them and sit and laugh and enjoy the togetherness.

Margaret’s most memorable characteristic was her joy for life and laughter.

In her younger days she loved to hike and ride horseback in the mountains surrounding the Quinault area. Enchanted Valley was her favorite spot.

She is survived by a son, James Tannahill Larsson of Hoquiam; a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Tannahill Johnston and Robert of Anacortes; a daughter-in-law, Linda Larsson of Hoquiam; three grandchildren, Margaret Tannahill Johnston of Anacortes, Steven Larsson and his partner, Stephanie Ray of Hoquiam, Justin Larsson and his partner, Savanna Scheidt of Hoquiam and three great grandchildren, Justice, Levi and Kannon all of Hoquiam. She was preceded in death by her husband, Art; and her second child, Steven D. Larsson, Sr.

At Margaret’s request, she will be cremated with no funeral service. She did ask that a memorial celebration of her life be held at the family home in Hoquiam at a later date.

The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to the Anacortes Chapter “W” P.E.O. Scholarship Foundation, 1603 – 34th Street, Anacortes, Washington 98221.

Arrangements are by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam, Washington 98550.

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