1915 - 2012
Margaret was born in Harrington, Wash., the oldest of three children, to Russell and Margaret Reid. She and her two brothers grew up and went to high school in the Spokane area. She attended Whitman College in Walla Walla from 1937 to 1939. She was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority and also a member of PEO since Nov. 15, 1937. She married Edwin Edwards Sr. in July 1937 and together they moved to manage a 7,000-acre wheat ranch near Touchet that was owned by her mother-in-law. She cooked meals for 20-men harvest crews, churned butter by hand, baked pies and raised rabbits, while raising four of their own children at the same time. She could multi-task with the best of them!
After the ranch was sold, they moved to the southwest Portland area where Margaret opened Margaret’s Youth Shop in Multnomah, later moving it to Hillsdale. She operated this store for over 15 years. After several years of running her clothing store, she finally decided to close it and went to work for Portland Community College. There she opened the college’s very first bookstore. She worked for PCC for 21 years, taking the bookstore from a one-room basement operation to a five-campus, multimillion dollar bookstore of which she was enormously proud, though one would never know it. She was a devoted member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, where for years she served on many committees and supported its activities. Her husband, Edwin, preceded her in death in 1975.
After her retirement in 1980, she remained in the Portland area until 2010. She had moved to Charbonneau and was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, where she especially loved being part of the Altar Guild. She moved, at the age of 93, to Houston, Texas, to be near her oldest daughter, Nancy; son-in-law, Chuck; their children and grandchildren. Five months ago she moved into hospice care.
Margaret Edwards was an incredible woman. She was a loving, caring, warm and responsible person who always looked after the needs of others. She had an incredible sense of humor and made the “best of everything” tenants of her life, to the very end. Her favorite comments to those who knew her best were “It’s never dull, is it?” and “You sure have a tough life, don’t you?” She will be greatly missed by all of us.
She is survived by her beloved brother, Robert “Pete” Reid, and his lovely wife, Hedda; her five children, Edwin Edwards Jr., John Edwards, Nancy Miller (Chuck), Bob Edwards and Linda Hall (Ron). She has 13 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Margaret, your legacy lives on; all is well! Your life was lived as a beautiful example to us all!
There will be a memorial service and celebration of Margaret’s life to be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Wilsonville, Ore.