JEAN ELIZABETH (FISHER) McTAVISH

Jean McTavish died April 24, 2017 of complications from a stroke. Jean was born in Seattle in 1922, the second daughter of Orin Wallace (OW) Fisher and Vivien (Swalwell) Fisher. She is a graduate of Saint Nicholas School and the University of Washington (1943), where she was an active member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Growing up in the Seattle area she enjoyed skiing, horseriding (she spent several summers at Shining Mountain Ranch in Montana), and Girl Scout activities. Her association with the Girl Scouts continued for many years. She became a troop leader, committee member, and Board member of the Totem Girl Scout Council. She served as President of the Council in the 1970’s and she twice received the local Council “Thanks Badge” for her years of continuing service to the Girl Scout community.

In 1940 while attending an event in Vancouver, BC, she met her future husband Peter McTavish, who was about to start service with the Royal Canadian Navy as a newly commissioned Lieutenant. At the end of the war, they married in February, 1945. The couple moved first to Seattle, and in 1955 to Mercer Island where they raised their four children: Marilyn, Doug, Bob, and Bruce. Jean continued to live on Mercer Island for the remainder of her life.

Jean’s life revolved around her family and her community. She became an active supporter of Children’s Hospital, The Arboretum, The Girl Scouts, The Child Hearing League, The Sunset Club, and other organizations. She and Peter were lifelong supporters of the Seattle Symphony where Peter was a board member for thirteen years. The family spent many memorable summers aboard the “The Amigo” cruising Puget Sound and the British Columbia coast. Their favorite spot was Greenway Sound. After Peter retired from the insurance business they spent much of their vacation time on cruises to many parts of the world.

She is preceded in death by her sister Sue Hubbach. She is survived by her four children, seven grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Remembrances can be made to either the Girl Scouts of Western Washington, or to Children’s Hospital. A celebration of her life will be held at the Seattle Yacht Club (1807 East Hamlin Street) on Friday, June 23rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

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