Marge died Feb. 1, 2018 in Spokane, Wash. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 17, 1922, to Charles and Bertha McCargar. During her high school years they lived in Spokane, moving to Grangeville, Idaho, after her graduation. She attended the University of Idaho and in April of 1942 married Vern Slichter in Grangeville. After Vern returned from the service in WWII they continued to live in Grangeville until moving to Spokane in 1955 where he owned and operated Valley TV and Radio.
When their daughters were young, Marge was a Bluebird and Camp Fire leader for their troops. Later she worked for Central Valley School District in Spokane, first for the director of personnel for eight years, then as secretary at University Elementary School for five years.
After retirement they took several trips to Europe and one to Russia and enjoyed spending a week on the Oregon Coast during the winter. They were avid WSU Cougar fans, attending home football games and bowl games for years. Marge loved going to the beautiful mountains
and countryside around Grangeville with family.
Marge was passionate about gardening. She took pleasure in tending her flower gardens and was especially proud of her rose beds. She and Vern loved watching the quail in the parklike setting of their backyard. She was an accomplished bridge player, enjoying her bridge groups first in Grangeville and later in Spokane. She enjoyed card games with family members, still beating them on her 96th birthday. She had a determined spirit and lived independently in the Good Samaritan cottages In Spokane Valley until her death.
Marge was preceded in death by her husband, Vern and sister, Myrt Nelsen.
She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Slichter and Susan Button (Rick); grandsons, Chris Bartell (Lindy) and Ben Bartell (Jenna); great grandchildren, Josiah, Michael, Kaila and Alexis; many beloved nieces and nephews including, Kathleen and Jim Vopat and Leon and Sheryl Slichter, of Grangeville, Allan and Georgia Slichter, of Riggins, Ron Slichter, of Clarkston and Karen and Robert Homewood, of Maryland.
Vern and Marge were grateful to the Lustig family for so diligently overseeing their land at Winona.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m., at the Blackmer Funeral Home in Grangeville. Arrangements are under the direction of Blackmer Funeral Home of Grangeville. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Ronald McDonald House, 1015 W. 5th Ave., Spokane, WA 99204-3301.
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