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Margerie McKay

January 3, 1926 — September 14, 2021

Margerie McKay

Margerie ‘Marge’ was born to Cecil and Winnie Warehime in Senacaville, Ohio on Jan. 3, 1926. She passed into the loving arms of her Savior on Sept. 14, 2021, in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. She joins her loving husband John ‘Bud’ McKay, who passed in 2013.

Marge is survived by three daughters, Wendy Devenere of Coeur d'Alene, Debby Dahlke and husband Ken of Coeur d'Alene, and Patricia Shillington and husband Ron of Seattle, Wash. She is survived by six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Marge grew up on the family farm with five brothers and one sister. Her mother died when Marge was only eight years old, leaving her with substantial responsibility caring for the young family. She learned to cook and sew during that time, and they remained lifelong passions.

Marge met Bud through mutual friends and they married in 1949. They moved to Spokane where Marge worked as a secretary to support Bud while he completed his anesthesia training at Sacred Heart. The couple moved to Coeur d’Alene in 1951, where they soon began a family. Marge worked as a lab and X-ray technician when the kids were young, and volunteered in community and church activities. She was a founding member of Coeur d’Alene Bible Church, and a choir member and Sunday school teacher for many years.

Marge was an avid gardener, hiker, canoeist and cross-country skier. She and Bud continued their love of the outdoors upon moving to their remote lakeside cabin in British Columbia, Canada, in 1983. Marge cultivated a garden there, occasionally shooing black bears with a broom to protect the crop. She and Bud lived there for 20 years before returning to Coeur d’Alene.

Marge was beautiful in every way. She graciously opened her home and heart to many, always with a welcoming smile, a twinkle in her eye and an ever-present sense of humor. Her radiance shone even in her advanced years, as she learned to accept help with the same cheer, graciousness and humor she had always offered to others. She was a woman of sweet spirit and strong faith who served as the family prayer warrior; a quiet intercessor for her children, grandchildren and anyone in need. Heaven shines a little brighter with Marge’s entrance, and she will finally hear the words “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”, as hers was a life well-lived. We were truly privileged to know Marge. We will miss her always.

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