December 17, 1930 - July 30, 2012
Margie Larisch died in her sleep at the Park Ridge Nursing Facility in Shoreline, Washington, on July 30, 2012. She had been visiting her son who lives in Seattle. She was 81 years old. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.
Margie was a vibrant, curious, loving, and connective woman until the final days of her life. As an elementary school teacher for over 45 years she touched the lives of hundreds of students from Phoenix, Arizona; Novato, California; Bend, Oregon; and Cochabamba, Bolivia. After she retired from teaching at Kenwood Elementary School in Bend in 1997, she ventured to Cochabamba, Bolivia and taught for seven more years. She always said teaching was the best job in the world. After she returned from Bolivia, Margie settled in San Rafael, California.
Margie Louise McLellan was born on December 17, 1930. Her parents were Ernest McLellan and Florence Turner. Margie met her future husband Rudy Larisch when they were 14 and 15 years old in Jerome, Arizona, the town of her birth. They married right out of high school and were together until Rudy's death in an automobile accident in 1992. She leaves her two
nephews, John Riordan of Prescott, Arizona, and Gary Riordan of Twenty Nine Palms, California; and her children, Mark Larisch of Seattle, Washington, and Heidi Larisch of Point Richmond, California. Heidi and Mark are so grateful to have had Margie as their mother.
A memorial celebration will be held in Point Richmond, California in early September. Margie would have been pleased that the celebration of her life is to be held just in time for the start of a new school year. She was always so excited to meet her new class. Friends of Margie are invited to visit her website to celebrate her love of teaching and life. Thoughts, photos, and messages can be left at MRSLARISCH.COM.