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Margaret Elizabeth RoloffJanuary 28, 1918 ~ November 25, 2017 (age 99)
Margaret Elizabeth Roloff
January 28, 1918, to November 25, 2017
Margaret was born in Spokane the fifth child of Lydia and William Hildebrandt. She was raised in Dartford at the family farm. She attended Mead school from first through twelfth grade. Grade school was a one-room school where the older children helped teach the younger children. She loved school and learning. She once won spelling bee. Margaret went to secretarial school after high school and ended up working at the Odessa telephone office as a switchboard operator. There she met and married Leonard Roloff. When Leonard joined the army, she followed him around the U.S. (California, Utah, Oklahoma) until her first child was born and she moved back to Spokane while Leonard went to serve in the Pacific. She and her daughter stayed at the family farm until Leonard came home and they built a house in the Whitworth area, where they stayed for 20 years. After several moves in the Spokane area, they moved to Lynnwood to be close to family. All of their children had by that time moved to the Seattle area. Leonard and Margaret were married for 52 years.
Margaret was a jack of all trades. She manned an A & W root beer stand when she was a teen, worked for J.C. Penny, flipped burgers at the Whitworth College HUB, and did carpentry, painting, and bookkeeping for her husband’s house building business. She loved all sorts of artistic pursuits—crafts, cooking, gardening, cake decorating, furniture refurnishing, stained glass, upholstery, painting, quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and embroidery. Margaret became a Christian at 32 years of age and started attending Whitworth Presbyterian Church, where she and her husband were part of the Mariners group and she was a deaconess. Later they attended First Baptist, Community Chapel, Trinity Baptist (all Spokane, WA), and Cypress Baptist (Lynnwood, WA). Margaret’s abiding faith in the Lord Jesus guided her throughout the rest of her life. Margaret was beautiful inside and out and always gave to those in need around her. Despite great challenges she was a model of strength, honor, integrity, and virtue. She raised her three children to love the Lord. The last 13 years, Margaret knitted 120 stocking hats, as well as gloves and scarves, each year to give to the Everett Gospel Mission and to send to the canneries in Alaska with the pastor’s wife.
Margaret passed away at home, two days after Thanksgiving, at just two months short of 100 years old. She was predeceased by her husband Leonard and all six of her siblings. She is survived by her three children, Jaretta (Jari) Roloff, Barbara Taylor, and Daniel Roloff, and her grandchildren, Bethany and Ben DuSchene, Krista and Craig Henriksen, Kiel and Mary Roloff, and Eric Roloff, and her great grandchildren Gabriel Powter, Zadok, Tirzah, Azalea, Keziah, and Zimri Henriksen, and Aeson Roloff.
Dinner Gathering: Friday, Dec. 15th, 5:30 pm, at the Olive Garden, 9780 N Newport Hwy, Spokane, WA.
Graveside Service: Saturday, Dec. 16th, 1:30 pm, at Dartford Cemetery, 500 Rte 11, Spokane, WA.
Memorial: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 5:00 pm, at the Seed Church, 20610 Cypress Way, Lynnwood, WA.Pl
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Emmick Family Funeral Home ~ West Seattle, Washington