Margit Aileen Rustvold
1948 - 2017
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February 18, 1948 ~ August 29, 2017

On Tues., Aug. 29, 2017, Margit Aileen (Long) Rustvold passed away peacefully at 69 years young of an aggressive form of cancer. She was born and raised in Aberdeen, WA to Robert J. Long and Aileen M. (Rath) Long, the third of four daughters. Margit dearly loved her sisters, Diane (Peter) Dawson of Dallas, TX, Janet (Mike) Krulich of Bloomington, MN and Mary Kathrine Long (James Wade) of Portland, OR.
Margit attended Aberdeen High School, graduating in 1966. She attended Grays Harbor College for two years where she received her Bachelor's degree in Teaching at Central Washington University in 1970, and obtained a Master's degree in Reading Specialty from Washington State University in 1986.
Margit was a dedicated educator and worked tirelessly serving hundreds of students in the Evergreen Public Schools for 39 years, beginning in September 1970. She began her career teaching 4th and 5th grade and continued for 13 years at Orchards, Marion, and Fircrest elementary schools. After obtaining her Master's degree, she served as a Reading Specialist for reading recovery at Fircrest, Hearthwood and Crestline elementary schools. For the last two years of her career she taught, before her year 2000 retirement, 1st grade at Mill Plain Elementary School.
In 2000, Margit retired from 30 years of teaching but continued to work as a substitute teacher in the district. At that time felt she "just wasn't finished" educating students, so she returned to reading specialty and eventually served as a Professional Development Specialist, mentoring and assisting her colleagues in expanding their abilities in the classroom. She also served for two years as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education for WSU-Vancouver. Margit finally retired from teaching in 2009.
She was an active member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and enjoyed trips with Daryle to Cannon Beach and events at the Bethany Vineyard and Winery and also Gouger Winery; but spending time with all her family meant the most to her.
~ She was loved by many and will be greatly missed. ~
Margit is survived by her husband of 39 years, Daryle Rustvold of Vancouver, WA; and her two daughters: Tina Smith of Fife, WA and Marion (Matt) Lansdon of Vancouver. She was a loving and devoted grandmother to six grandchildren: Austin, Katelynn, Colin and Matthew Lansdon; and Tori and Lauren Smith; and loved her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews and godchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Aileen; and her grandchild, Colin.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Sat., Sept. 9 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrew's Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, Margit requested donations to either St. Andrew Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society-Relay For Life, or other charity of your choice.
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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 3, 2017.
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