Margaret passed away on Monday, May 14. She was born on October 30, 1932 in Winlock, Washington to Fred and Emilie Eichorst. She was the youngest of eight children. After growing up in Winlock, she graduated from high school in May 1951. That summer she and best friend Barbara Schaller applied for jobs with the state in Olympia. They took their typing tests and they were hired. The summer of 1951 they moved to Olympia and lived with Margaret's sister Martha and brother-in-law Al. Shortly after, Barbara was married and started a family. They moved out of the area, but Margaret and Barbara continued their lifelong friendship. Margaret met her future husband, Jake, on a blind date set up by Anna and Jimmy, her future sister-in-law and brother-in-law. They were married in 1954, moved to Lacey and had two daughters. Margaret enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, and going to the casinos. Some of her memorable trips included cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Alaska with Jake. She made a couple of trips to Hawaii for the Regis and Kathie Lee Show. Meeting Frank Gifford was one of the highlights for her on one of the trip. When casinos opened in the area, she would head on out in the afternoon to do a little gambling. She enjoyed water aerobics for many years. Margaret met with a couple of groups of women for monthly lunches. They would eat, gab and celebrate birthdays. She had a green thumb when it came to growing flowers. She had bright colors all over her yard. She especially loved getting together with her classmates from Winlock. Last summer she attended her 60th high school reunion and had a great time visiting with old friends. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Jake in 1987. She is survived by daughters Carla (Dan), Tacoma and Susan (Kevin), Tumwater; sister Alma Meier, Winlock; sister-in-law Anna Leroy, Olympia; school days friend Barbara Schaller; friend Betty Euteneier, Olympia; many nieces and nephews; and lots of friends. Special thanks to the staff at Evergreen Rehabilitation Center for taking such good care of Margaret over the last few months. A graveside service will be held Friday, May 18, noon, at Woodlawn Cemetary, 5930 Mullen Rd SE, Lacey. Donations may be made in Margaret's name to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.