May 9, 1921 - February 8, 2017
Margaret Lucille McQueen, 95, passed away February 8, 2017 in Medford surrounded by her loving family. Margaret was a well-loved, kind, and thoughtful member of the Rogue Valley community for many decades.
Margaret was born May 9, 1921 in Portland, Oregon to Dallas and Ione Mark. She attended Washington High School in Portland and majored in Home Economics and Interior Decorating at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she was also a member of Pi Phi sorority. Margaret married high school sweetheart, Stuart Vincent McQueen (Duke) March 13, 1943, celebrating 71 years of marriage before his passing March 29, 2014.
A few months after their wedding, Duke was commissioned in the U.S. Army. Margaret was determined to be a mother, and son, Mark was on the way before Duke’s deployment to the Pacific Theater as a Captain during WWII. Mark was two years old upon his father's return. The young family moved to the Rogue Valley in 1946 and quickly grew with the additions of Ladd, Marily, and Laurie. As Duke developed a long-standing and prestigious career in the timber industry, Margaret immersed herself in the community through her devotion to the Presbyterian Church; motherhood; local volunteerism; P.E.O.; Welcome Wagon; PTO; and date nights out, dancing with Duke. Her flair for design and decorating developed into a love of painting and she exhibited her artwork in many shows over the years.
A devoted mother of four, Margaret had a budding interest in outdoor activities and sports that were also family oriented. She became accomplished in alpine and waterskiing, hiking, tennis, golf, and gardening. She was a founding member of the Rogue Snowmen and one of the first female National Ski Patrolmen at Mt. Ashland. She assisted in planning and officiating at race competitions for Mt. Ashland’s first junior ski team, known now as MARA.
Margaret approached her interests and parenthood with enthusiasm and cheerfulness whether she was attending art classes, teaching knitting classes, managing Boy and Girl Scout troops, or sewing prom dresses for her daughters. She always graced those around her with a smile.
Above all, Margaret loved her family and friends. She was an avid supporter and promoter of education for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She integrated her multitude of friends into her life through entertaining, travel, creative projects, and the church.
Margaret is survived by her son, Mark (Susan); her younger daughter, Laurie MacGraw (Gary); her grandchildren, Scot (Shannon), Brian, Leslie Marin (Bobby), Riley MacGraw, and Molly MacGraw; and her great-grandchildren, Hailee, Alyssa, Brady, Mason, and Mia. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Duke; son, Ladd (Karen); her daughter, Marily Henselman (Dave); and great- grandson, Brennen.
Memorial services will be officiated by Reverend Lori Boehning at 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2017 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford, Ore. A reception will follow.