Margaret Mae Moshier Vacknitz Brannick was born in Sisseton,
SD on November 24, 1929 to Leonard and Loretta Moshier, the 3rd of
10 children. In 1942 the entire family
made the pilgrimage to Bothell, WA. As
a teenager, Margaret dropped out of school and found a job at Woolworths
department store in downtown Seattle. She loved to tell stories about using
early public transit.
Not long after the war, Margaret met and married Leonard
Vacknitz, becoming mother to his young daughter Sandra. Margaret and Leonard moved to what was known
then as the Moorlands. In a small house they built a home and welcomed Martha,
Debora, Dale, Wayne, and Michael (Walter). In 1965, Leonard tragically died during a
hunting trip leaving Margaret to raise their 6 children on her own. She found work at Boeing enabling her to
support herself and 6 children for the next 3 years. When not at work she was
taking her nieces and nephews to church with her family. Times were hard but
Margaret relied on her faith in God, love of her children and extended family to
see her though. Sandra and Martha became of age and struck out on their own.
In 1969, Margaret married a longtime friend, William
Brannick, who had a young daughter Shari Key. Three years into their marriage
Margaret and Bill welcomed an 8th child, Mary, to their blended
home. In early 1972, Margaret and Bill made the decision to leave Seattle to
The nature of Bill’s work and the economic situation in the
country at the time saw the remaining family
start a life on the road. They
saw many of nature’s great wonders and experienced a life not known by
many. During this, Margaret saw her
family grow with the addition of grandchildren: Sandra welcomed Kimmi and Eddie;
Martha welcomed Tammy, Denise, Derek and April; Debora welcomed James and
Patricia; and Wayne welcomed Toshca, Tomeeka, and Tolisha to her loving
In 1983, Margaret and Bill moved back to Snohomish, WA,
where Margaret seemed to find her calling as a Pre-School Teacher. She would spend the next eight years
enriching young lives and sharing her love for God. Through the decade, all of
the children followed them back to Washington.
Margaret and Bill enjoyed a happy life spending time with their ‘first
set of grandchildren’ and extended family.
As the 1990s got underway the family grew more: Patricia
welcomed William and Mona Marie; Dale welcomed Dale Jr; Wayne welcomed Stephen,
John, Amanda Sue and Joshua; and Mary welcomed Kimberly. Margaret spent as much time as possible with
her ever growing family. She was a woman
of faith and ensured that all of her family knew Jesus. She set the example by ensuring that the
pastor received the ‘first fruits of her family’s labor. Sometimes this was in
the form of King Salmon, the first strawberries from her garden or her
afternoons answering phones in the church office. Margaret relished the large
family events and holidays.
As the millennium dawned, Margaret was steadfast in her
faith. She was a true matriarch, teaching her ‘second set’ of grandchildren to
serve the Lord. She was blessed with even more additions to her lovely family; 17
more grandchildren, great-grandchildren and spouses make an enduring legacy to a
strong beautiful woman.
On May 17, 2022, Jesus escorted Margaret home to join her
beloved husbands and children who passed before her.
(Posted: June 17, 2022)
A beautiful service for a beautiful lady. And planning part of her own service (the music I know for sure). She will be missed but she was so loved. Prayers Mary for you and family. Thank you for sharing your mom with me.
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