1926 - 2012
Margaret Presson passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 4,
2012 comforted with family at the Washington Odd Fellows Nursing Home.
Margaret was born February 19, 1926 in Three Sands, Oklahoma
to Al Blakey Sr. & Odessa Neill Blakey. Margaret attended school
in Oklahoma and graduated from Capitol Hill Sr. High where she was a
member and competed with the swim team in May of 1944.
After graduation, she worked at the Capitol Hill Theater
popping corn for $.25 per hour. Margaret also worked during
the day at Nichols Hill bus station bussing sailors to & from
Norman, Oklahoma. This is where she met Donald Presson
who soon became her husband on June 20, 1945. Margaret &
Don started a family and Margaret became a devoted mother
& homemaker. Margaret & Don were married 53 years and
had 4 children.
Don & Margaret moved to Walla Walla in 1971 and later began
managing the Flying J gas station where many remember Margaret
as the “Tootsie Roll Lady.” In the late 80s, Margaret became a Para
Educator for the Dixie School District where she enjoying working with
many special needs kids and assisting in the library until she retired in 2002.
Margaret also worked at K-Mart as that spunky door greeter that
you couldn’t help but smile at and engage in a conversation with. Margaret was a longtime active
member of First Christian Church in Dixie.
She is survived by 2 sons & daughter-in-law, Allen &
Alisa Presson & Herbert Presson; daughter & son-in-law,
Ouida & Scott McKay; 7 grandchildren, Fred McPherson, Jr.,
Cimmaron & LaKresha Perkins, Calyn Pence, Angela, Alicia
and Britney Presson and several great grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by her husband, Don; her daughter, Donna
Hylton; brothers, Al & Earl Blakey; a sister, Cora Marie
Blakey and her parents.
Those that were blessed enough to know Margaret knew
she always had a smile on her face & a definite ornery side and
never knew a stranger.
A celebration of life potluck will be held on Saturday, October
13, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Dixie School in Dixie, Washington.
Memorial contributions may be made Margaret’s name to the Blue
Mountain Humane Society or Walla Walla Community Hospice through
the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla,
WA. Family & friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.
A special thank you to Hospice & Margaret’s church
family for assisting in Margaret’s comfort.