Sept. 4, 1937-Feb. 7, 2017 Marguerite White (Marge) passed away on Tuesday evening, February 7, 2017 following an extended struggle with heart disease. She died peacefully, surrounded by her husband, children and grandchildren. Marge was born September 4, 1937 in Tacoma, Washington. Her parents, Phillip and Hildegard Hoffman, both of German descent, came to America in 1908 through Ellis Island. Marge grew up in South Tacoma with her parents and older brother Philip, although the family spent two years in Wisconsin before moving back. After graduating from Visitation Villa High School in Tacoma, Marge attended Seattle University, graduated with a bachelor of science and went to work for Virginia Mason. After raising her five children she returned to Virginia Mason to finish her career as a medical technician. Marge married Robert Graham White (Bob) in 1959, and they shared over 57 years of marriage and friendship. They moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where Bob worked in local government and their first son, Paul, was born. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Sweet Home, Oregon, where Bob worked as the city manager, and sons Tom and Steve were born. The family later came to Mountlake Terrace, Washington where daughters Anne and Susan were born. Bob and Marge continued to raise their family in Mountlake Terrace, where they developed wonderful friendships and were involved in countless community activities. Marge held a strong faith, as a long-time member of St. Pius X parish in Mountlake Terrace, and later Holy Rosary Edmonds after they moved to Edmonds in 2002. She and Bob were devoted volunteers in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Marge loved her five children and their spouses deeply, along with her thirteen grandchildren, Jessie, Breanne, Sydney, Ryan, Jack, Charlie, Mick, Zach, Rita, Maggie, Henry, Graham and Erik. She was close to all of them and her happiest moments were spent surrounded by her family. Marge also loved to travel, and saw a lot of the world, including Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and China. She and Bob also cruised to Alaska and through the Panama Canal. When her family was young, vacations meant camping trips. She even agreed to a five-week cross-country camping trip with a Volkswagen bus, tent trailer and five children. Marge was an excellent cook who loved to host family gatherings, and she tended to an exceptional rose garden in her backyard. Marge is survived by her husband, Bob; sons, Paul (Louanna), Tom (Sari), Steve (Diana); and daughters, Anne (Chris) and Susan (Tim), along with her thirteen grandchildren. A funeral mass for Marge will be held at 11:00 on February 17, 2017 at Holy Rosary Church, 770 Aloha Street in Edmonds, where there will also be a Rosary on February 16, 2017 at 5:30. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, care of Holy Rosary Edmonds.
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