Margaret Edmondson died Feb. 8, with her family by her side.
Mrs. Edmondson was born Nov. 18, 1925, to Frank and Anna Duris (immigrants from Czechoslovakia) in their Linnton home. Margaret, the youngest of three children, grew up in a loving family and lived a simple childhood surrounded by gardens, fruit trees and chickens. Living near the Willamette River and sawmill where her father worked, her life on Front Street was influenced by a close Slovak community. As a lifelong member of the First Catholic Slovak Union, she remained connected to this community throughout her life.
She attended St. Patrick Catholic grade school and graduated in 1944 from Immaculata Academy High School. She met her future husband, Howard Edmondson, at the Linnton community center roller rink. They fell in love and were married at St. Birgitta Church in Linnton April 26, 1947. They lived with her parents until they finished building their first home in Burlington. In 1959, with three kids in tow, the family moved into a new home in Southeast Portland. Their fourth child was born in 1960.
Mrs. Edmondson worked briefly as a secretary/bookkeeper, but her true calling was to be a stay-at-home mom. For the remainder of her life, she was whole heartedly dedicated to her family. With Mrs. Edmondson managing the household while her husband often worked out of town, they carved out their life together. She stressed the importance of education and she instilled her faith and values in her children. As a devout Catholic, she believed in the importance of a Catholic education and made many sacrifices to ensure that her children had that opportunity. They managed to find a way to make music education a priority as well.
The couple loved to dance, especially a jitterbug or a polka. Oktoberfest events were some of her favorite places to “cut a rug.” Another favorite pastimes was shopping, most often for the grandkids and great grandkids.
After the kids were grown, she found a new calling in her role as grandma.
In spite of her multiple medical issues, she rarely complained and suffered greatly during the final months of her life. Her strong will to live was bolstered by prayer and an unwavering faith and devotion to her God and family. She was an inspiration, accepting with grace whatever came her way.
Mrs. Edmondson is survived by Howard, her loving husband of almost 70 years; two sons, Bob and Gary; two daughters, Susan and Debra; three grandchildren, Angela, Alex, and Andrew; and two great grandchildren, Aaron and Molly.