“Marg” Todd, an enthusiastic Hood River resident from 1959 to 1973, passed away June 3, 2009, in Boise, Idaho, of lung disease.
Marguerite Marion McOwan was the youngest of Kenneth and Ruth McOwan’s three children, born Oct. 7, 1926, in Joliet, Ill. At Joliet High she met the love of her life, William “Bill” Todd.
Marg enrolled in the University of Missouri while Bill served in the Army in Japan. Upon his return, the couple married on Dec. 28, 1947. She worked in the English department of the university while Bill attended classes.
Upon graduation in 1953, they borrowed $100 from her mother and headed “out West” to start their new lives. They had three children while living in their first home in Longview, Wash. They moved to Sweet Home, Ore., in 1957, then to Hood River in 1959 to raise their family.
Marg worked in the local Sears catalog store, as a school secretary and eventually as office and bookkeeping manager for the county public works department. She and her family were very active in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Marg was a popular Cub Scout, Brownies and 4-H leader. She loved golfing, gardening and playing bridge with three other “best friend” couples, and the annual “clam-digging expedition” to Long Beach.
Better job prospects moved the Todds to Portland, Ore., in 1973, where Marguerite worked for the water bureau and formally retired after serving as the chief’s secretary in the Portland Police Bureau.
Marg was well-known for sharing her substantial gifts of humor and frankness with her family, friends and co-workers. After gallivanting about for many years in their motor home and on cruises and travel tours, she and Bill moved to Eagle, Idaho, to be near their daughter Carol’s care in their “later” years.
Marg designed and grew a stunning backyard garden retreat in their new home. She was supervising the installation of a new irrigation system when she was overwhelmed by a cold virus and passed away a few days later.
Marguerite is survived by her husband, William; her children, Michael (and Laura) Todd on the Oregon Coast, Martha Todd in Portland and Carol and Steve Hoke in Eagle; her grandchildren: Kelly Todd (and fiancé Brady Andrews), Kevin Todd, Katlin Hoke and Conner Hoke; and her constant feline companions, Buster and Missy.
At her request, a celebration of her spirit and spunk will be held this summer to scatter her ashes on the Oregon Coast.
Marguerite asked that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Simply Cats, a very special cat shelter that she held close to her heart: 208-343-7177 or www.simplycats.org.
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