Maureen L. Ludwig | Obituary

Maureen L. Ludwig | Obituary

February 4, 1935 – April 27, 2024

Maureen L. Ludwig, a beacon of warmth and selflessness, passed away peacefully on April 27, 2024, at the age of 89 in Roy, Washington. Born on February 4, 1935, in Aberdeen, Washington, Maureen’s life was a testament to her boundless love, her dedication to education, and her passion for the simple joys of life.

Maureen, known affectionately as a loving mother, cherished friend, and respected educator, is survived by her brother, Will O’Brien (Cindy), daughters, Gretchen Ludwig Saunders (Shawn) and Jennifer Ludwig, son Shigeaki Nishimura (Yoko), grandchildren, Shawn Paul Saunders, John William Saunders (Elise), Rachel Pack (Mike Baldry) and great granddaughter, Elara. She is preceded in death by her husband, Horace William Ludwig and son, Jeffrey Brian Ludwig.

Education was always an important part of Maureen’s life. She was Valedictorian when she graduated from Weatherwax High School in Aberdeen. Next, she studied at community college and then transferred to Western Washington College in Bellingham. There she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Maureen embarked on a lifelong journey of learning and teaching. She inspired young minds as a 3rd-grade teacher, then continued to shape futures as a para-educator sharing her love for literature working in the library at Park Orchard Elementary until her retirement.

While attending college at Western she met her future husband, Horace (Lud). They were married on September 9, 1956. They were blessed with almost 62 years together. Family was extremely important to Maureen and Lud. They raised 3 children and when the opportunity to host a student from Japan arose, Shigeaki, became their 4th child. They loved being grandparents and one of Maureen’s greatest joys was to be alive for the birth of her great granddaughter.

Her commitment to the community was further evident in her volunteer work as a Campfire Girls Leader and in her retirement she worked at the Kent clothing bank. There she helped clothe those in need with the same care she would extend to her own family. She had strong faith and was an active member in the Kent Presbyterian Church.

Beyond her professional and volunteer endeavors, Maureen was a woman of diverse interests and talents. Her garden was a riot of colors, reflecting her skill in nurturing not just plants but people. Knitting and crocheting were more than hobbies; they were expressions of her love, as she created countless warm and beautiful pieces for friends and family. Maureen’s love for reading transported her to countless worlds. Music was an important part of her life. She grew up playing the accordion and made sure her children had music lessons.

An avid card player, Maureen’s laughter was a staple at the bridge and pinochle tables. Her competitive spirit was always delivered with a friendly twinkle in her eye, making every game an occasion for camaraderie and connection. Camping trips were adventures that she looked forward to, as they combined her love for nature, family, friends and the simple pleasure of a night under the stars. She enjoyed watching the Seahawks and Mariners games on television.

Maureen’s life was a portrait of love and selflessness. She approached every person and every situation with a friendly demeanor that immediately put others at ease. Her presence was a source of comfort and happiness to all who knew her. As we bid farewell to Maureen, we celebrate the life of a woman who was the epitome of kindness. Her memory will continue to be a guiding light to her family, her friends, and the many students whose lives she enriched. Maureen’s story is not one of sorrow, but a beautiful narrative of a life well-lived and well-loved.

In remembering Maureen L. Ludwig, we are reminded of the impact one person can have on so many. Her spirit, a blend of love and generosity, will forever be etched in the hearts of those she leaves behind. Rest in peace, dear Maureen, and know that your legacy will continue to blossom like the flowers in your garden, spreading beauty and love for generations to come.


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