Margaret Udesen, of Talent, Ore., passed away December 27, 2011, at her home. She was born June 6, 1930, to Herman and Dorothy (Jared) Kallhoff, in North Platte, Neb.

Margaret was an accomplished violinist in her youth, playing first chair in the Sutherland High School Orchestra. She was also valedictorian for the class of 1946.

Margaret received her bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska, and a master of arts degree from the University of Denver.

Margaret married Robert M. Udesen, Jr., in the summer of 1962 in Denver, Colo., and the newlyweds made their home in Goleta, Calif. Her career was first as a teacher, then as a counselor at San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she worked for 18 years.

After retiring, Margaret dove into volunteer work for the Goleta Valley Historical Society. Curiosity about culture, land and architecture then took her globetrotting to Africa, Turkey, England, China, Japan and Europe.

After her husband's death in 1984, Margaret moved to Oregon. She settled in Ashland and joined the American Association of University Women (AAUW). She was also an active member of the local chapter of Embroiderers' Guild of America (EGA), and the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG). She was known among her peers as a fine stitcher who worked in many techniques, including needlepoint, goldwork, cross stitch and pulled thread embroidery.

Margaret is survived by her two children, Karel Livingware and Betty Udesen, both of Seattle, Wash.; granddaughter, Aiyana Udesen, of San Francisco, Calif.; and nephews, Kendrick Killian, of Lakewood, Colo., and Jaye Killian, of Camarillo, Calif.

A memorial service will be held at Margaret's church, Grace Lutheran, 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012, with Pastor Tim Cartwright officiating.

Donations in Margaret's name may be made to the Shreita Vlatch Fund c/o Grace Lutheran Church, 660 Frances Ln, Ashland, OR 97520, or to the Humane Society.