In Loving Memory of Mary Margaret Burchett: 1933-2023


Mary Margaret Burchett was born on October 19, 1933 to Helen and Leslie Mallonee in Dodge City, Kansas. She moved to the Pacific Northwest with her parents and younger sister, Helen, in 1946 where she remained until her death on May 26, 2023. 

She spent her life in service to others. She served as the organist at Centralia Presbyterian Church for 62 years, playing for services, accompanying hundreds of weddings and funerals, and teaching both piano and organ along the way. She spent her final years volunteering at Chehalis Centralia Railroad and Museum (CCRM), her church thrift store Reborn, attending Bible Study and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed gardening, golfing, rooting for the Seattle Mariners, Seahawks, and most recently the Kraken. She loved playing card games, cooking and baking her signature foods such as fudge, party mix, rolls, and jello salad. She always had a wonderful gift of gratitude, no matter how hard life got, she continued to Praise her Lord in all things and showed love to everyone around her.  

Survivors include son Rick (Judy) Burchett of Olympia, sister Helen Jacobsen of Olympia, 7 grandchildren-Jami (Nathan), Jennifer (Daniel), Matt (Leah), Ashley (Matt), Rikki (Andrew), Justin, and Kyle & 10 great-grandchildren Joseph, Eli, Zachary, Kenedee, Olivia, Maddi, Mason, Lincoln, Riley, Quinn and an entire community of extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Anne Hull, and her brother in law Maurice Jacobsen.  

Please join us this Saturday, June 3 for a memorial service beginning at 1 p.m. at Harrison Square Presbyterian Church. Reception to follow. Margaret will be laid to rest with her parents in Onalaska, Washington on June 30 at 12 p.m. at Alpha Cemetery.  If you would like to give a gift in her honor, please consider sending to Harrison Square Presbyterian Church in Margaret’s name.  Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Burchett family.