Remembering Marjorie McCormack

Marjorie Ann Hyatt McCormack  passed away peacefully in Richland WA on Sunday October 16, 2022, just two months shy of her 99th birthday.  She was born in 1923 in Williamson, West Virginia to John J. Hyatt and Elizabeth Crawford. She grew up in Norton, Virginia with her older sister Betty.  She attended Mary Washington College, a women’s division of the University of Virginia.

In 1947, at the age of 24, she took a solo train trip across the country to Richland WA to take a job at General Electric as an X-Ray Technician and settled into a comfortable life in Richland.  She was quite active and enjoyed folk dancing, skiing, and gatherings with friends.  It was at one of these gatherings that she met the love of her life, James (“Jerry”) McCormack, and they were married in August 1956.  Together, they had three sons, Ed, Dave, and Dan.

Margie Ann (as she was known) loved wildflowers and enjoyed many trips viewing and photographing wildflowers in various Western states.  She was a long-time and active member of the Garden Genies club.  She was also a member of the Native Plants Society, the Richland chapter of The Questers, and of her local book club.  Her other interests included archaeology, travel (to over 60 countries!), and native Indian baskets. 

Margie Ann also loved the family cabin on Guemes Island and spent a large part of every summer enjoying island life, family, and friends.  She studied and documented the wildflowers and other flora on Guemes, and gave presentations on these subjects to various Guemes groups.  Her extensive slide collection of the Guemes Island flora had been added to the Guemes Island Historical Society.    

Margie Ann is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, Jerry, and her three sons, Ed (Lauri and their daughter Delaney), Dave (Heidi), and Dan (Eileen).  She was preceded in death by her sister Betty.

A celebration of Margie Ann’s life will be held at a later date.

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