Margaret Futch

Margaret Futch 001Margaret Futch, 77, of Moscow passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Margaret was born September 30, 1936, in Boiul Mare, Romania, to Zachacy and Lucretia Tescula Cioc. At the age of 5 she and her mother came to live in America, first living in Detroit then moving to Nokomis, Florida.

She graduated from Venice-Nokomis High School in 1954. On October 27, 1954 she married her best friend, Arthur E. Futch, Sr. She and Art lived in Venice until 1966 when they moved their family to Moscow. The move being made after a visit with Art’s family that had moved earlier to Idaho, they fell in love with the area and decided that they wanted to raise their family here.

Margaret decided that she wanted to become a nurse, so with usual determination she did.

She was in the first classes for nursing through Gritman Hospital. She graduated and took the boards to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). She worked at Gritman Hospital until she got a position at the Moscow Clinic with Dr. Burt Britzmann. She worked for him for 25 years retiring in 1994. Margaret was very involved with pioneering the local LPN Association serving as president for three years and at one point secretary.

In 1977, Margaret was diagnosed with breast cancer and with her dogged determination and perseverance she beat it and was cancer free till the time of her death.

Throughout her years she was a basket ballplayer in high school, a softball player and coach, bowler, knitter, crocheted, macramé , needle pointing, sewing and reading excessively (as Art would say). She was a great football fan, watching every game she could. She enjoyed camping, hunting and especially fishing. She fished at Elk River, Moose Lake, Dworshak Dam, Brownlee Reservoir (catching crappie, and throwing “those things”- small mouth bass- back) deep sea fishing was not her best as she got sea sick in the worst way.

Margaret and Art were able to travel around the country and overseas when some of their children were in the military. They traveled to Greece, Germany, England and Scotland.

They enjoyed these trips and explored all over.

Margaret was always there for anyone that needed an ear to talk to and was always, always there for her children, being their number one fan in all that they decided to do.

Margaret is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, Arthur; five children, Arthur (Lee) Futch, Jr., LuAnn Beitzel (Jenn), Hazel (Jon) Thompson, Steve (Olga) Futch, and Mandy Futch; her brother, Tom Savici; seven grandchildren, one step-granddaughter; seven great-grandchildren and one on the way and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her granddaughter, Karen.

A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at 11:00 am at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow and a reception will follow at the University Inn – Best Western Silver Room following. Online condolences may be sent to

The family requests NO black clothing, and dress is casual.

7 Responses to Margaret Futch

  1. Lee Futch says:

    Margaret, thank you for the heirloom sourdough starter (along with plenty of advice on its use and plenty of yummy recipes), for spending a full day — just the two of us — teaching me how to make Romanian Nut Bread, for teaching me how to fry fresh-caught trout and hush puppies, and for the great (best) pear pie recipes in the whole wide world. Lest you think it’s all about the food, I also wanted to thank you for raising the best first-born son a woman could ever want to love and cherish forever. He, along with the rest of your children, who I count among my best friends, are your finest legacy. You done good, Margaret. I’ll never forget you and what you’ve left for us. Love, Lee.

  2. Barb Goody says:

    to the Futch family, I am so sorry for your loss Mom Futch was a great person and I will miss her a lot. I remember me and Lu Ann bringing our families together. We always had a good time. I remember Mom Futch Lu Ann and my mom and me playing softball together and how much fun that was. It was the first time I played ball with my mom. L miss her a lot. But our families have always been like one. I am going to miss her a lot. My prays go out to all of you.

  3. Judy B says:

    Arthur, sending comforting thoughts your way; Margaret was a joy to work with for so many years & shared stories of you & her children on a daily basis ! She will be missed

  4. Dilynn Thompson says:

    I am so thankful to have had you for a grandma, grandma thank you for all the advice and stories and fun times we shared and the books that I received from you. No one could ever ask for a better grandmother. I’m glad and thankful for how much I am like you, from the stubbornness to the big boobs. 🙂 In every way you inspired me to not be afraid to reach for the stars and that no one can ever put me down. thank you for all this and everything more. I love you and will always cherish the memories we had good and bad. With all my love, Dilynn

  5. Janet Kimball says:

    Margaret was a good and kind lady. she will be missed by all who knew her. Janet Kimball and family

  6. Lana Tout says:

    Art, I didn’t get to visit with you and Margaret very often but when I did it was always such a pleasure. My heart goes out to you because I know how much she will be missed. You are just two of the nicest people I have had the honor to know.


  7. Bill Woodard says:

    Arthur: I was sorry to come across this obituary. You may not remember me: from Laurel, FL near Ziegler’s old store, not far from your Dad’s old farm. Margaret was a good friend in high school. She was bright and we had many interests in common. I completely lost track of you both, except for the rare mention by Junis (Melroy) Williams who keeps me posted on Venice doings. Sounds like Margaret had a great life. She’ll be missed.
    Bill (

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