I just stumbled on Margaret's Obituary by accident. I met Margaret two years ago on an Amtrak train from Washington to Chicago (we live in Cincinnati, OH and were traveling back from a vacation). We chatted for many, many hours (you know she had plenty of stories, and a fabulous sense of humor). She was certainly a complex person in a very positive way. I never really understood just where she lived (Washington or Pennsylvania or both) - I guess part of her intrigue. For sure she was a very spiritual person. I really came to love her during our continuous conversations during our three days on the train. We would always meet in the Observation Car. We were actually 8 hours late arriving in Chicago, late at night, and of course no place to sleep and many of us stranded until the next day. So they detached a sleeping car from another train and let all of us sleep in it until the next morning - Margaret was right across from us. She could turn anything into an adventure. We kept in touch for awhile through her almost daily spiritual blogs, and then they just stopped coming. I always looked forward to these and to her wisdom - it was really nice just to hear from her. I really missed her when we parted.
You can imagine my shock when I typed her name in Google - "just to see" and found her obituary. I guess I wasn't surprised, though, of the strong feelings I had when I read this and how touched and sad I was. Isn't it funny how close you can feel about a person after only three days. She was a very special person (didn't take three days to see that), always a minister first, and always a sincere love for those fortunate enough to have crossed her path. We talked at length about charitable endeavors we were both involved with, and I can remember telling her about my involvement with the Dress For Success charity in Cincinnati that provides job readiness training for disenfranchised women and then providing suits and shoes for their interviews. We were joking but she told me that if she was dying she would send her shoes to me for these women and then we both laughed - I would have never imagined. (We're the same age). I loved seeing the memorial video - she was a passionate and happy person who loved life and God's many gifts and who gave back far more than she took. I am deeply saddened and will miss her I hope family finds solace in knowing that she certainly had a seat on the express elevator to heaven. Very best. Ron Hitzler, Cincinnati, Ohio firstname.lastname@example.org
I met Margaret when we were juniors in high school when the Lynden and Ferndale bands had a joint session in Ferndale. We were the only flutes. When I saw this picture I remembered this magical moment in time when a relationship clicks and a person makes a life-long impression. I have always cherished our little episode in life for the fun, joy, inspiration of a one-time meeting. I did not need to read her obituary to know the impact she undoubtedly had on the lives of all she met. My condolences to her children and family, whose pride, and sorrow, must be overflowing. May her example continue to inspire those who follow. With best wishes, Beverly Benson Vifian
Margaret Moles was a lovely, kind, generous woman who made the absolute best chocolate toffee at Christmastime. When her husband died, we gave Margaret a print of a lighthouse in Canada, and she told us that she and her husband had visited this beautiful lighthouse.
The world was a better place for having Mr. and Mrs. Moles with us. Our hearts are with you.
may god walk with you, alway have love. hugs. kisses. prays.
now is an angel take care of us.
I first heard Margaret's name after my mother-in-law moved to Bellingham and joined a Widows & Widowers group sponsored by the YWCA. Mom had lost her husband about a year before and was finding her way. She got so much from being part of this group and especially from the guidance and friendship Margaret extended to her. I will always be grateful that Margaret was there for Mom at that time.
My sincere condolences to the entire Gorsuch-Moles family on this huge loss.
Linda St Andre
Sorry for your loss, condolences to you and your family. Prayers for strength and healing the void you are feeling.
Sorry for the loss. Sending prayers and hugs for the family.
It was John's and my treasure to have known Margaret.
Sending Our Love and Prayers from the Hillaire Family, (Henry & Violet Hillaire) we are sorry to hear of your loss, May the Lord be with you and yours today and days to come...
Remembering times spent with Margaret are vivid right now:
Central School, Ferndale High, and warm visits in the coffee
shop at WWU. Each visit was a gift, as we shared heart to
heart. Our paths crossed also at First Baptist Church where
I visited often: Bible verses, missionary talks, games and Altar
Calls. God gifted Margaret in many ways. I am grateful for her
warmth and grace, her ideas and thoughts, her kindness and
care, her abiding faith.
Martha Johnson Sirguy
I remember Margaret as she was two grades under me in school. Everyone knew
her as she was the nicest person with that big smile always.
My condolences to the Gorsuch and the Moles Families.
We also lived by the family on Church Road. Ferndale, WA Good Memories
Margaret had such a lovely smile, always. My sincere sympathy to all who loved her.
Bob, Kathy, extended family;
So very sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. What a sweetheart she was an how loved. Our hearts ache for all of you and you are in our every thought and prayer. Love, Bud and Laurel Granger and family.
My most sincere sympathy and prayers go out to the entire Moles and Gorsuch families. I have many fond memories of Margaret from school and our Church Road neighborhood. I know she will be missed greatly!