Margaret Elizabeth Chase, born in Hood River, Ore., passed away Sept. 4, 2009, at the age of 94. She led a full and rich life.
Raised in Hood River along with her four siblings, Onalee, Arnold, Stewart and Barbara Turnbull, she graduated from Hood River High School and moved to the Willamette Valley, receiving her teaching credential from Monmouth Teachers College in 1925.
After teaching for a year in Morrow, Ore., she married Leslie Chase, also a teacher from Hillsboro, and they moved to Portland, Ore., and there raised their three sons. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University, and in 1958, they moved to Sacramento, Calif.
In 1962, she earned a Master of Arts at Sacramento State University and taught as a Miller-Unruh reading specialist in the Rio Linda School District, from which she retired in 1998 after 40 years of teaching.
Margaret, who follows her deceased husband after 22 years, loved travel, sports, music, fine arts and gardening. After her retirement, she volunteered for Carmichael Presbyterian Church Food Closet. One of her favorite pastimes was walking her dog along the American River Parkway in her latter years, along with some of her neighbors, also dog-lovers.
Always a teacher, Margaret continued to broaden her mind with substitute teaching, administrating The Leslie M. Chase Foundation (offering graduate school scholarships to local public school teachers), and workshops. She instilled in her children and students the love of learning, particularly reading.
One of her favorite quotes was Mark Twain’s: “Those who do not read good books have no advantage over those who do not read at all.”
Margaret will be missed by her three sons, John and Peter, living in the Bay Area, and Tom, in Corvallis, Ore., her daughters-in-law and her six grandchildren, and friends.
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