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Margaret A Peterson

March 5, 1936 — February 9, 2024

In Loving Memory

March 5, 1936 – February 9, 2024

Margaret A. Peterson of Portland, Oregon passed away on February 9, 2024. She had been blessed with 87 years of an active, full and healthy life.

Margaret was born in the fairly small and close-knit town of Troy, Idaho. She was born and raised by her loving parents Dwight and Mabel Pearson on the family dairy farm along with her older brother, Dean. She excelled in school and was a leader in many clubs and organizations, including the offices of President, Secretary, Annual Staff, Newspaper Staff, Broadcasting Staff, Pep Club, Library Club, State Delegate, Chorus, Country Dairying 4-H Club, and FFA. She graduated Salutatorian from Troy High School and was honored as Queen of Troy in 1954.

Margaret met her husband, Gordon Peterson, at the Troy Movie Theater where she worked part time. Gordon had ridden along with a friend who was giving Margaret a ride home after her shift and, that was that. They married on October 23, 1954, when she was 18 years old. They soon moved to Portland, Oregon to begin their life together and start a family.

Margaret was devoted to her family. She loved her husband of 60 years, her three children, six grandchildren, and many dear relatives. She valued her friendships.

Margaret had active roles in her church and PTA. She never tired of learning. She spent her spare time researching genealogy, completing medical courses and travel agent school or discussing local and global events. Margaret graduated from college with an Associate’s Degree in 1977. She later bought a school and office furniture business, where she and her two sons achieved success from 1990 through the end of 2022.

Her past times included reading, photography, attending corvette club events and traveling the United States and Europe with Gordon. She also loved being with her grandchildren, watching them in school plays, sports, graduations, and attending their weddings.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Dwight and Mabel Pearson, her brother, Dean Pearson, her two beloved aunts, Eunice (Marlin) Freter, Rowena (Robert) Gatiss, and her husband, Gordon Peterson.

Margaret is survived by her three children, Richard (Katie) Peterson, David (Lisa) Peterson, and Karen Calcagno. Her six grandchildren, Gordon Peterson, Kyle (Corrine) Peterson, Alexander (Lexy) Carman, Hayley (Anna) Peterson Rose, Amanda Peterson, and Erica (Kincaid) Carman Nicholas. Her sister-in-law Bonnie (Dean) Pearson, nephew John (Robert) Villegas Pearson, niece Renae (Rob) Bafus, great-nephew Zach Bafus, and great-niece Leah (Dorian) Clark.

In Our Hearts Forever

There will be a private interment at Willamette National Cemetery

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