Margaret Adele (Striker) Sparrow, 95, widow of Glen Thomas Sparrow, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. She was born February 13, 1922, in Seattle, Washington, daughter of the late William Chelcie Striker and Margie Hazel (Brooks) Striker.
Margaret attended grade school in Missoula, Montana, and is a graduate of Ballard High School and the University of Washington. She was a devoted wife for 70 years, mother, and friend. She enjoyed playing bridge, sewing, wood refinishing, stained glass work, jewelry making and interior design and decorating. She loved to travel and enjoyed trips to Europe as well as cruising the San Juan Islands with her husband. They also toured the western United States with their Holiday Rambler trailer and later Bluebird motorhome. Early in their marriage she accompanied Glen on active duty with the U.S. Navy to Tucson, AZ, Ithaca, NY and New Orleans, LA, before he left for duty at Pearl Harbor, HI and Guam until the end of WWII. They moved into the house they built on Mercer Island in 1949. She was an avid reader and enjoyed continuing education classes and cultural events. She supported the Seattle Art Museum and was a fifty-year member of the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club.
Margaret is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Lynn (Sparrow) and Edward Saxey, II; four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Charlene Saxey Andrews and Greg Andrews, their two children Garrett and Adele Andrews of Agoura Hills, CA, Cheryl Saxey Johnston and Daniel Johnston and their two children Andrew and Emma Johnston of Camarillo, CA, Ned Saxey of Camarillo, CA, and Thomas Saxey and Cindy Saxey and their daughters Avery and Addelyn Saxey currently serving with the U.S. Air Force JAG and stationed at Hurlburt AFB in Florida, and also her youngest brother and sister-in-law Paul Chelcie Striker and Helen Striker, their seven children, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and her sister-in-law Vera Adamson. Margaret was preceded in death by her son Duane Thomas Sparrow, brother William Brooks Striker and sister Janet Ellen (Striker) Urig.
Services will be held on Sunday, October first, 2017 at Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, Washington 98007. One pm Chapel Service followed by procession to gravesite service. Three pm to 5pm Celebration of Life at Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE, Bellevue, Washington.
The family suggested any Memorial contributions may be directed to Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club Youth Sail Program (Bellevue, Washington) or Camarillo Health Care District Adult Day Program (Camarillo, California) or charity of choice.