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Obituary: Gunter, Margaret “Maggie”

GUNTER, Margaret “Maggie” Passed away peacefully Monday, June 17 at her home. She was born in 1921 in Bend, OR, but spent most of her life in Spokane, WA. Maggie was a masterful artist working in a variety of mediums including water color, acrylic, oil, pastels, ceramics, pottery and jewelry. She was a member of the Water Color Society and Realistic Art Association and had studied art in Madrid, Spain for four years. In her early years she lived through the very heart of the Great Depression and often told stories of trudging for miles through deep snow to check out books and jigsaw puzzles from the local library to occupy their time during the long winter evenings. Later in her life, Maggie went to work at Galena as part of the war effort. Working as an artist she crafted posters, signs and art for WWII bombers heading off to Japan. She spent her later years working as a photo retoucher and as a silk-screen artist for Miller and Calkins Silk-Screening in Spokane. There she designed many of the emblems that adorned the slot machine wheels in Las Vegas. Maggie was as passionate about her cats as she was about her art. Over the years, Maggie’s place was home to several cats, all of whom she adored. Her walls were filled with her art and photos of her cats and her great-grandchildren. She took great delight in watching her teenage and first-grade grandchildren grow up. Maggie lived just a few houses down from her daughter Kathy and husband Gary. The three enjoyed plenty of great memories playing jokes on each other, sharing meals and gardening. Maggie is loved by many and will be greatly missed. She wrote her epitaph recently which read: “Remember me with smiles and laughter for that is how I will remember you.”” She is survived by her daughter Kathy Hutson and her husband Gary in Spokane, grandson Chad Hutson and wife Bethany, and great grandchildren Tyce, Caliana, Delaney and Mackenzie Hutson. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11 am at Holy Cross Mausoleum (7200 N. Wall). To view Maggie’s online memorial, please visit Arrangements entrusted to