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In Memoriam: Marguerite ‘Margie’ Will (May 19, 1993 – Jan. 8, 2024)

Marguerite Haley Will, known to all as Margie, passed away way too soon on Jan. 8 at her home in Hillsboro, Oregon after a lifelong battle with a rare liver disorder (glycogen storage disease). She was 30 years old.

Born on May 19, 1993, Margie grew up in Silverton, Oregon. While her childhood was occasionally shadowed by health issues, Margie spent most of her time surrounded by friends, laughing together at sleepovers and running around the park which was down the street from her house. Margie and her family spent a good deal of quality time together, attending concerts and taking family trips to Hawaii. The Wills’ house was the go-to gathering spot for both Margie and her younger brother’s friends, kids walking freely through the front door to hang out in the backyard or raid the pantry (everybody knew that the Wills had the best snacks). Margie had the knack of making people feel immediately at home and welcomed – a gift that continued throughout her entire life. 

Always a multi-talented individual and a social butterfly, Margie was involved in many clubs and activities throughout her school career. She played trumpet in band in elementary and middle school, performed in school plays and productions with the American Academy of Performing Arts Company (starring as Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, and more), and participated in Speech and Debate. A natural and charismatic leader, Margie was highly involved in student government in high school. She was so involved with the operations of the high school that as the Pine Street campus in Silverton was finishing construction and preparing to open, Margie was given her own hardhat so she could safely escort people around campus. Margie graduated from Silverton High School in 2011.

After high school Margie had various jobs – she worked as a nanny, in the front office of Morel Ink, and as a support worker for Shangri-La human services. What all of these jobs had in common was that Margie’s favorite part was the people she interacted with. A people person through and through, Margie truly found her people when she began her career at Costco in 2016. After working at various Costco locations throughout Oregon and Colorado, Margie became a Department Level Manager at the Hillsboro Costco in 2022. As a manager Margie was respected for her intelligence, compassion, and sense of humor. Margie loved her job, and she loved her Costco family even more. 

Always the life of the party, Margie never met a stranger; she had a gift for bringing people together, and for making others feel deeply seen and loved. She was generous, quick-witted, and an incredible gift giver.  Margie was a bright light who illuminated every room she was in, and her light, love, and laughter will be dearly missed.

Margie is survived by her father, Roger; her mother, Robin; and her beloved brother, Henry (Hank); her grandparents, George and Fran Will, and Sarah Linton; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A devoted friend who made an impact wherever she went, Margie is also survived by countless friends and loved ones from across all areas of her life, including her high school friend group the FBMs (no, they won’t tell you what it stands for) Bonnie, Christine, Haley and Sophia.

A Celebration of Life gathering is tentatively scheduled for May 19, 2024, Margie’s birthday. More details forthcoming.

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