Memorial service scheduled June 22 for former lawmaker who died early last week

A long-time Grandview educator who went on to represent the citizens of the 15th Legislative District died early last week.

The first female Democrat from the 15th District to serve in Olympia, Margaret S. Rayburn, 86, died Tuesday, May 14. She served as a Washington state lawmaker from 1985 to 1995.

While serving in Olympia, Rayburn chaired the House's Washington State Agriculture and Rural Development Committee. She also served a stint as a member on the House's Education Committee.

After retiring as a state legislator, Rayburn remained active in such roles as serving on the local hospice and hospital board of directors. She also worked with the Dollars for Scholars Foundation for several years.

Prior to getting into politics Rayburn was employed as a teacher in the Grandview School District. She started work in Grandview in 1949, retiring in 1984.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Rayburn, in 2005.

Family and friends have arranged a memorial service for Rayburn on Saturday, June 22. The service will be held at Sunnyside's Presbyterian Church, located at 737 S. 16th St. Smith Funeral Homes Ltd. And Crematory in Sunnyside is handling the arrangements.


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