Margueritte "Margie" (Martin) Kunkel, a baptized child of her heavenly Father, was called into eternity with Christ Jesus on January 7, 2017 at her residence in Brookdale Town Center, McMinnville, OR. A viewing will be held on January 12 at Macy and Son Funeral Home, McMinnville, OR, from 4 to 7pm, followed by a prayer service for family and friends. Her graveside committal service will be held at Pioneer Memorial Services and Cemetery in Moses Lake, WA on January 15 at 1pm, followed by a Christian memorial service at St. John Lutheran Church, McMinnville, on March 4, 11am.
Margie was born on August 6, 1921, in Casper, WY, to August and Elise Fassler Martin. She was the youngest of five children. The family moved from Wyoming to the Roseburg, OR, area when Margie was six years old. They worked in the local orchards and farms and her father practiced taxidermy and developed a local tree and shrub nursery.
Margie graduated from Roseburg High School in 1939. In 1940 she moved to Eugene, OR, to attend Eugene Vocational School and during WWII worked at local businesses and in support of the war effort. She attended Grace Lutheran Church in Eugene and was active in the young adult ministry, Walther League, where she met Joe (J.T.) Kunkel, a WWII veteran, and they were married on June 7, 1946.
Son Dan was born in 1947, daughters Judy and Christy in 1951 and 1957, and son Ted in 1961. The family lived in Junction City, OR, developing and operating a raw milk dairy and later beef farm from 1952 to 1972. During those years she was a regular Sunday School and VBS teacher and helper.
In 1972 Joe and Margie moved to Moses Lake, WA, where they were faithful members at Grace Lutheran Church. Margie was also active in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League, serving the local society and on the district board, and helping lead a weekly women's home Bible study group for almost 30 years. She cherished her friends in the local garden club and exhibited her flower arrangements for many years at the county fair, winning numerous blue ribbons. She was also a long-time Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks fan.
Margie valued her family and friends and was always content with the many blessings she had. She was often the quiet servant behind the scenes making sure things got done. She was dearly loved by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was also an important supporter of their missionary work when her son Dan, and daughter-in-law, Ella served in Ghana, West Africa for 22 years.
After Joe passed away in October, 2000, Margie remained in Moses Lake until 2009, then moved to stay with her daughters in Eugene and McMinnville, OR. In 2014 she moved into the Brookdale Assisted Living after suffering medical problems and spending time in the hospital.
She was preceded in death by her husband Joe who passed away in October, 2000, both parents, and her siblings, Elizabeth, Ada, Fred, and Lena. She is survived by son Dan (Ella), Kunkel of Tonasket, WA, daughters Judy (Ivan) Brewer of McMinnville, OR, and Christy (Dan) Love of Eugene, OR, and son Ted (Laurie) of Latah, WA.
She has nine grandchildren, Dustin (Janette) Kunkel, Kristofer (Sara) Kunkel, Karalyn (Spencer) Jubb, Kevin (Amy) Brewer, Keith (Mary) Payne, Valerie (Brian) Kinsey, Kyle Love, Jordan (Ta'Shara) Kunkel, and Zachary Kunkel, and numerous great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Lutheran Bible Translators, or a charity of donor's choice. A special thank you to the caring Brookdale staff and residents, and Kindred Hospice service.