Marguerite Lucille Whyman passed away peacefully at the Sunshine Health and Rehab Facility in Spokane Valley, Washington on January 30, 2020 where she was recovering from a sudden illness. Until recently, Marguerite (Mickie) lived in her own home of some forty-five years, a duplex in the Spokane Valley. Her daughter, Sandie resides on the other side of that duplex, where the property became very much a family residence, with a large, beautifully landscaped backyard that hosted many gatherings with family and friends.
Born in Hardin Montana to A.G. (Jim) Plummer and Bessie Brown in 1923, Mickie grew up as a country girl along with her three sisters; Marion, Vera and Joyce and her brother; John. She went through primary and secondary schools in rural Montana and attended some college classes in Yakima, Washington.
In 1944 she moved to Seattle Washington, where Mickie supported the War effort as a “Rosie the Riveter” at the Boeing Airplane Production Plant. During that time she also took an opportunity to take additional flying lessons and complete her pilot’s license.
In 1947, Mickie married William (Bill) Whyman and began their family in Ontario, Oregon, where she was a wife and homemaker, until divorced in 1965. During the next several years, Mickie entered the workforce to support herself and her children, utilizing her skills as a seamstress to tailor alterations for a high-end men’s clothing store, in the evenings and began her apprenticeship in the cosmetic department of a small local drugstore.
That proved to be a good match, as Mickie was retained by a corporate drugstore chain, which promoted her to District Cosmetic Supervisor and relocated her to the Spokane Washington area. She retired from that position with the ability to enjoy some thirty years with a pension that allowed her to purchase and live in her own home.
During retirement there were many activities and crafts that Mickie appreciated and mastered including; gardening, ceramics, painting, silk floral arranging and jewelry making. She enjoyed her family, church, friends, animals, games and cards. As full a life as one could hope for.
Mickie is survived by her son; Larry Whyman, her daughter Sandie Gottschalk and granddaughters Daphne Howe and Willow Johnson, as well as six great grandchildren.
Rest in Peace… Dear Mother and Friend!
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 8, 2020 at Opportunity Christian Fellowship, 1313 South Pines Road, Spokane Valley, Washington.
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