Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Margaret Clark Routsong

Margaret Clark Routsong, age 76, died April 9, 2009, at her residence outside of Ashland, Ore., surrounded by her loving family. She was born Margaret Berrett Clark on Feb. 14, 1933, in Boise, Idaho, to Lillian Irene Berrett and Vernon W. Clark. She was the oldest of three children. At three months of age, Margaret and her mother travelled by train to San Francisco where she joined her father who was a commercial fisherman. Margaret's childhood years in the city were "fun memories" because of the nearness of several cousins. At the age of eight, the family bought acreage in Novato, Calif., built a house and moved in one week after Pearl Harbor. Margaret quickly transitioned into a country girl surrounded by walnut and fruit trees of all types and every imaginable farm animal.
She graduated from San Rafael High School in 1950. She attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, in 1950-54 graduating with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. While a student there, she met and later married John R. Routsong, Jr. The two married in Bern, Switzerland on March 24, 1956. They settled in the Los Angeles area where Margaret got a teaching job. She taught in various L.A. County schools from 1957 through 1971. Following a divorce, she moved with her two boys, Kirk and Lee, to Corvallis, Ore., where she lived and taught for two years. One final move brought her to Ashland, Ore., where she has lived until her death.
Margaret taught for the Jackson County Education Services District from 1974 until 1991 when she retired. She taught the severely handicapped at several area schools in the Rogue Valley during her tenure there.
Margaret was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints her entire life and attended the Ashland 2nd Ward where she held several service positions and taught Sunday School. She was a devoted mother, master teacher, loyal friend, loved flowers and gardening and an avid genealogist. She was passionate about ancestral research. When she retired she enjoyed several cruises, loving the travel and history.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Lawrence Clark; and two children, Seros and Nina Routsong-both of whom died in infancy in 1958 and 1959. She is survived by her youngest brother, Fred B. Clark; and by her two boys, Kirk and Lee Routsong, Lee's wife Kathy and their four children, Keith, Kari, Kyle, and Kayla; as well as numerous nieces and nephew, all of whom lovingly referred to her as "Aunt Margy."
Services for Margaret will be held at the Ashland LDS Ward building, 111 N. Clay Street in Ashland at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, 2009. Viewings will be held at Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, 550 Business Park Drive, Medford from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009, and prior to the service at 9:30 a.m. in Ashland on Thursday.

1 comment:

Barry and Shannon said...

I was chatting with Barry about Margy the other day and I was remembering her laugh. She will be missed but at least she's no longer a prisoner to her own body anymore. She's probably up there just yackin' away at everyone!

Sure with I could be there for the funeral. Barry flies in this afternoon.