Jessie Anne (Stewart) McGuirk passed away on December 21, 2019, at her home on Vashon Island. She was born on July 7th, 1937, to Carlos and Violet Stewart. She was raised in Seattle, Washington, along with five brothers.
Jessie graduated from Garfield High School in 1955. She then began working for the Army at Fort Lawton, where she met her husband Bernard “Mac” McGuirk. They married on October 4th, 1958. Shortly afterward, they returned to Mac’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they had their first child, Susan. In 1960 they returned to Seattle and welcomed three more children, Michael, Glen, and Kathy. They decided to put roots down on Vashon Island in 1972 and raise their family by the beach.
Jessie retired from K2 after twenty years and spent her time with family. Her greatest joy in life was watching her grandchildren grow up around their beachfront house. She enjoyed many years of cheering on her grandchildren who participated in numerous sporting activities. She had a passion for watching the Seahawks, Husky Football, and Mariner Baseball. She never missed a card game with family and friends. She will be remembered for her kindness, witty humor, and honesty. Jessie will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Jessie is preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Mac McGuirk, and daughter Susan DuFresne. She is survived by children Michael McGuirk, Glen McGuirk, and Kathy (Robert) Gibbons; brothers Jeff (Carol) Stewart and Joe (Mickey) Stewart; nine granddaughters, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of life will be held at the Vashon Eagles Club (18134 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA, 98070) on Saturday, January 18th, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. If you can, please bring a dish to share and come dressed in your best Seattle Seahawks attire.