Margaret May VanTuyl


Margaret VanTuyl has left, but wherever she is let the thrift shop be busy, let the wind fill the Telos’ sails and let Felix Hernandez forever be pitching the ninth inning of a perfect game.

Margaret, born on November 19, 1924, passed away on Thursday in Raymond, after 88 beautiful years and countless laughs. The daughter of the late Ben Sharp and May Touchette, Margaret was born in Raymond and graduated from Port Orchard High School.

At the age of 17, she proudly and deftly operated a crane in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard during World War II. She also worked as a switchboard operator and a teacher’s aide in the South Bend school, and her smile and laughter will be missed at Pennywise Thrift Shop, where she was still volunteering this spring.

Sixty-three years ago she met and was soon married to her husband Ted, whose friends knew only that he was marrying a woman with a child. They had expected a matronly housewife and were thus surprised to meet the tall, debonair Margaret.

Margaret and Ted enjoyed many years of traveling the country in their Airstream motor home, salmon fishing on the Columbia River and sailing the San Juan Islands and British Columbia. Margaret also traveled the world, seeing Russia, Europe and the Panama Canal with friends. She was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, a longtime member of TOPS, and an eternally hopeful fan of the Seattle Mariners.

She loved decorating for Christmas, making almond roca and fudge around the holidays for her friends and doting on her grandchildren.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Ted; daughter, Linda Jorgensen of Tacoma; sons, Ted (Joyce) VanTuyl of Gig Harbor and Steve (Carmen) VanTuyl of Chehalis; grandchildren, Angela Palo, Heather Jorgensen, Jered VanTuyl, Catherine (Dan) Metcalf, Aaron VanTuyl, Alex VanTuyl; four great-grandchildren and many more special friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in South Bend. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Willapa Harbor Helping Hands, P.O. Box 597, South Bend, WA, 98586. Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary in Raymond.