Martha Anna McPherson

Martha Anna McPherson died Feb. 17, 2015, in Renton, Wash. She was 83.

She was born Dec. 15, 1931, in Bellingham, Wash., to the late Charles and Christine (Swanson) Golden and was the great-granddaughter of LaConner and Coupeville, Wash., pioneers Alonzo and Martha Wells. She resided in Black Diamond the past 26 years. She became engaged to George McPherson in 1951 and they were married on April 19, 1952. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Western Washington University in 1954 and taught elementary school in Enumclaw for 20 years between 1965 and 1990. Prior to that time she taught elementary school in Everson, Wash., San Diego, Tachikawa Air Force Base in Japan, and Seattle. As an educator, her forte’ was teaching children to read. After retiring, she and her husband enjoyed traveling and hosting family and friends at their Lake Sawyer home. Through the years, she taught Sunday school at St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church in Enumclaw, sang in the Seattle Chorale, was a past chair of the Enumclaw League of Women Voters, and was a past member of the Enumclaw Garden Club.

She is survived by husband George of Black Diamond; daughters Robin (John) Porter of Maple Valley and Kathy (Rob) Thomas of Renton; son Steve (Shinako) McPherson of Maple Valley; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by brothers Wesley and Louis Feighner and sisters Mona Douglas, Hope Hansen, Kay Boehringer and Rachel McLoed.

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