MARGIE MARIE MAKET / 1908-2016 At 108 years old, Margie Marie Heaton-Maket peacefully passed away at home in her sleep on May 15, 2016. She attributed her extraordinary long life to a vegetarian diet, walking two miles/six days a week and to her refraining completely from alcohol, meat and soda pop. A life of religious faithfulness and dependence upon God further contributed to her remarkable health. Her longtime residence in Honolulu allowed her to witness the 1917 funeral of Queen Lili'uokalani. At the age of nine, she was in the balcony of Kawaiaha'o Church looking down at a flower-bedecked casket surrounded by high feathered Kahili, the ancient standards of royalty. Margie was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on March 7, 1908. In 1913, when she was five, her father, L.T. Heaton responded to a call by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to come to the Sandwich Islands, as Hawaii then was known, to help expand the growth of a small church congregation on Oahu. After being brought up in Kaimuki, Margie pursued a nursing degree, graduating from Pomona Valley Hospital in California in 1931. That same year she took up employment in Honolulu as an RN at Queen's Hospital. On January 28, 1933, Margie married the love of her life, Bill Maket. He is remembered today as having held the office of Senior Accountant at C. Brewer and Company (which during Hawaii's plantation era, was one of the so-called Big Five companies). In honor of over 50 years of volunteer work and loyal dedication, the Central YMCA became known as the "William C. Maket Memorial Building." Following her marriage, Margie served as a nurse on a personal "on-call" basis from 1933 to 1940. This is when she became well known within the Honolulu community as a compassionate, caring and capable nurse. Many of those she nursed became her warm friends, including Pastor Akaka of the Kawaiaha'o Church, and the members of the socially prominent McCandless and Wilcox families. During World War II, Margie noticed that the service men and women attending her church were in need of home-cooked meals. She personally met the challenge; opening her dinning room from week to week to those in need of a surrogate mother. Among those whose signature is found listed within her guest book, is the name of Desmond Doss, who later was given the nation's highest award, the Medal of Honor. Margie's beloved husband passed away in 1987, ending a loving 54-year marriage. Until the end of her life, Margie's memories and fidelity to him never wavered. In spite of her loss, she continued to think of others, helping students in need as well as holding the position of head hostess of the Seventh-day Adventist Central Church in Honolulu until she was 100 years old. Her well-being always amazed others. She continued to drive until 102 years old. Margie is survived by two nephews: Robert Maket (son William C., daughters Malani and Noelani) and Eddie Cho (wife Marie and daughters Lisa and Julia); grand nieces, Dani Gray and Kathy Hafner; and second cousins Lawrence Reed, Sonja Meade and distant relatives residing in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and Texas. All who knew her remember Auntie Margie for the many gifts of love she shared so unreservedly. She was an amazing woman and will be deeply missed. A memorial service is being held in her honor on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at SDA Central Church in Honolulu. Visitation beginning at 10am, service at 11am, with a private burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SDA Central Church.
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