Agnes “Maggie” Irene McLaughlin of Renton, WA passed away peacefully of natural causes on January 25, 2021; her daughters by her side. She was 97.
Maggie was born June 16th, 1923 in Osakis Minnesota to Clinton and Lila (Ritter) DeCamp; the 7th of 9 children born to her parents. She had 4 brothers – Bernard (Barney), George, James & John and 4 sisters – Margaret, Frances, Christine and Lila. The family moved from Minnesota to Oregon and then to Vancouver, WA where Maggie spent most of her childhood and teenage years. In 1941 she graduated from Providence Academy – an all-girl high school at the time.
All of Maggie’s working life was spent serving the public – as a waitress/hostess and her favorite job as a social worker. There she found her most gratifying niche. She loved people!
Maggie was married twice; both times a Catholic service which was the basis of her devout faith. In the mid 40’s Maggie lived in Seattle, WA where she worked for the Boeing Co. during the war as a riveter. There she met and eventually married her first husband Victor G. Vieg in 1945. They made their home in Renton, WA and had 7 children. Richard, Guy, Susan(deceased), Nancy(Randy) Collins, Tad (died in infancy 1956), Mitch and Elizabeth (Rick) Girdler. As life would have it, their marriage ended in divorce in 1969. In 1974 she married Jack J. McLaughlin whom she had met while working as a hostess at Sirloin Inn in Renton. During their 30 years of marriage she had opportunities to travel with Jack on business trips to places such as Jordan, Egypt and Singapore. She loved it! In 1978 Maggie had a benign brain tumor removed which resulted in total hearing loss in her left ear and facial nerve damage. Being the strong woman that she was she accepted the difficulties these disabilities brought but with her deep faith in God she overcame her challenges with grace and dignity. She was widowed in 2004. A few years later she moved to Evergreen Place retirement residence – now named Solstice- where she spent the last 10 years of her life. There she made quite a presence of herself due to her very outgoing & sociable nature. She loved to incite and engage in conversations - an all-around warm, fun personality! Like some have said of her -”she was quite a fixture here at Solstice”!! She enjoyed her years there and loved the many friends she made.
Maggie is survived by her younger sister Lila, her children (except Susan, Tad and granddaughter Felicity), grandchildren - Rachel (Jon Wood) Collins, Natalie (Mark) Bryant, Simon Vieg, Irina Girdler & Ally Vieg. Also, great grandchildren Isabella, Georgia & Desmond Vieg, Jack Collins Wood and Amaya Vieg.
Maggie has left an indelible imprint on the hearts and minds of all who knew and loved her. Memories of her life well lived and her loving soul will always prompt a smile! Her enduring love of family and friends is an example to live by - she’s forever in our hearts.
Agnes “Maggie” is at eternal rest at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way, WA