Margaret Ward Gamache

  • Written by Karin Hopper

Obit GamacheMargaret “Peg” Ward (also known as Zita or Margaret Gamache to her family) has moved on to be with her beloved “Johnny” (John Melvin Gamache) after a long illness.

She passed on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013. Margaret was the founder, director and much loved teacher at Carnation’s Tolt Hill School that she ran for preschoolers and kindergartners from 1980 to 2005. She was assisted in running the school by her husband, John Gamache, musical director at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church who taught music at the school. She married John in 1976 and he preceded her in death in 1999.  
Margaret was born in Minot, North Dakota, on February 7, 1933, the eldest of seven children to Judith and Leon Ward. The family moved to Seattle, Wash.,in 1943.  She graduated from St. Edward’s Grade School in Seattle and Holy Rosary High School in West Seattle. In the fall of 1952 she entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma at Marymount.  

She continued her education at St. Martin’s College in Olympia earning her BA and masters degree in teaching She left the Dominican community after 20 years of teaching primary education in various schools both in Washington and California.

She is survived by her siblings and families: John E. “Jack” Ward, Michael T. Ward, Barbara J. Nevin, Joan E. Traylor, Mary C. Hirschkorn and Timothy P. Ward. She is also survived by the adult children and families of her husband’s children: Emilie M. Leming, John Sutton-Gamache, James P. Gamache, Susan E.Gamache, Katy M. Keehn and Paul A. Gamache.  

Margaret was a deeply spiritual, joyful and loving person and we will all miss her greatly.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church at 31911 E. Blanche Street, Carnation, WA 98014 to be followed by a light lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Carnation Senior Center at 4610 Stephens Avenue, Carnation, WA 98014.
Remembrances may be made to either St. Anthony’s church or to the charity of your choice.

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