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Mary Margaret Musick

January 22, 1954 - August 18, 2016

Mary Margaret O'Connor Musick, resident of Keizer, Oregon, passed away peacefully on the evening of August 18, 2016, at the age of 62. She was the eldest of 9 siblings, born to Robert & Genevieve O'Connor on January 22, 1954, in Wichita Falls, Texas. She was clothed with dignity, and a strong pillar in the Musick & O'Connor families. Mary was a picture of hospitality; the parties, the wedding and baby showers, the holidays, and the numerous family gatherings were always at her house. She fostered babies, loved countless animals, and brimmed with compassion. 

Mary Margaret graduated in the class of 1972, from Madison High School in San Diego, California.  In 1977, she received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She spent time volunteering with YWAM in Hawaii and Fiji and then shined as a well-loved labor & delivery nurse at Salem Hospital.  For 32 years, she coached new mothers through their most painful hours, gently welcoming new life until only a few short months ago when she retired with honors. She could laugh till she cried, and often did! She had a unique and high value for beauty and she knew how to enjoy the finer things in life: watching the osprey swooping in for it’s river catch, aerated wine & brie, finding a new exhibition at a gallery or museum, and orchids- she loved orchids! Mary was incredibly loving towards animals. With the help of "Team Louie”, Mary Margaret made her much-loved standard poodle, Louie, an American Kennel Club Confirmation Champion- completing this amazing achievement in just 1.5 years. 

Mary was a devoted wife of 38 years to her loving husband Myron Musick, and delighted in her children; Judah Musick and wife Shanna, McKenzie Cooley and husband Spencer, Connor Musick and wife MaryAnne, and Johanna Musick. There is not much she wouldn't do for her kids, plotting and researching every opportunity. Her legacy will also continue in her beloved grandchildren; Brennan & Delaney Musick, Rowan & Flora Musick, Rosemary Margaret Cooley, Jade and Addison Musick. Mary Margaret measured friendship in decades. Her friends counted on her through every season of life. She was a warm and loving presence to her scores of nieces and nephews, a concerned and dependable sister & friend to her many siblings and in-laws, and a supportive daughter to her surviving mother. 

Mary Margaret’s life was a testimony of perseverance & hope. Having faced many grave disappointments and surviving 3 previous rounds of cancer, she never lost hope. She was steadfast in her faith in a loving God, spending years worshipping at Salem Alliance Church. Mary Margaret will be deeply missed, but also envied for where she is sitting, dancing, and laughing now. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Muriah Rose Musick, and her father, Robert O’Connor.  

A viewing will be at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, located at 605 Commercial Street SE, Salem,  from 4:30pm to 7:30pm on September 2. A memorial service will be held at Salem Alliance Church, 555 Gaines St. NE, Salem on Saturday, September 3 at 11:00am.  A private graveside service will directly follow at City View Cemetery. Should friends desire, memorial contributions, in the name of Mary Margaret, may be offered to Doernbecher Children Hospital by Calling 503 294-7101 or 800 800-9583.

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You will always be the oldest sister and my "second mother"!  You were kind, sincere and always had genuine interest in me and my family. I will miss you forever.  I love you!  


Always in my Heart Mary. Thanks for our chats. Love and Miss You Fierce

I am so sorry for your loss. These words seem so inadequate at a time like this. Mary is missed by many but her smile and kindness will live in the hearts of so many. RIP
Vicki DiCillo Dockum
Madison High Class of '72

Oh my, Mary Margaret, how hurt I am, for myself, that I didn't get to come hug and kiss you and hold you at your Gen's birthday, yes, I now have to wait to be with you in Heaven, where I know you're having a grand of a great time! To think, Our Lord, his mother and all the Saints that greeted you, I know you're in such glory now, it's all beautiful and I wouldn't want to take that back, for myself! What a beautiful person and soul you were and are forever and ever! Bless your family and friends and all that love you, it's for ourselves we grieve, and we know know, you're home safe! Blessings to my O'Connor family, how much I love you all! God Bless, Love and prayers always and forever, Mary (Cook) McClellan  I can see my daddy and your daddy having a great time... What a reunion in heaven! 

Mary Margaret, you were such a beautiful soul, full of love and life.  I so enjoyed nursing school because of you and your encouragement.  You will be missed....

Mary Margaret (that's what we called her back then) and I were classmates at ORU  and reconnected about 10 years ago. She and Myron welcomed me into their lovely river home for a long weekend visit and treated me like royalty. We had a blast and I enjoyed the full force of Mary's zest for life. It is that which we will miss the most, and I can't wait to see her again. Many thoughts and prayers go out for her large wonderful family. Celebrate a life well-lived.

My beautiful friend Mary: Your gallant faith through this journey with cancer has challenged all of us in prayer. We have prayed and carried you in our hearts and struggled to know the mind of the Lord, but in the end we say, Lord you are above all and know what is best. We only see through a dark glass, but you see all clearly now. We love and miss you Mary and we know you are with the one who gave you life and eternal life. Until we meet again.

So kind and gracious and fun.  You will be missed!  So grateful I got to know you.  

Our deepest sympathies. She was so sweet and kind to me at the wedding. What a lovely spirit and thoughtful soul. She will be missed I'm sure. The Carr Family

I will always remember Mary as an extremely knowledgable nurse and mentor for me as a new nurse on the mother-baby floor. She had such a lovely heart: always willing to help out and offering compassion and experienced advice to new moms and dads. She genuinely loved her career and one time even called on her day off to check on the status of a patient she was worried about! Mary, you will be forever missed and remembered lovingly. Rest in peace, sweet friend. 

Mary Margaret, you were our first youth group member to make nursing your career. I was so excited! About the same time I was informed that I was going to have a baby, but due to my age, I needed have a sonogram. You happened to be on a break and was in San Diego, so I invited you to be there with me - you donned your uniform and came - you were there when I was introduced to Deborah, my third baby.
 Your being with me during a period of extreme vulnerability, was so special - you are my friend, colleague, and best of all -  you are my sister... I will see you again.

Thank you Mary - 

Thank you for being the best eldest sister of our clan. You were like a 2nd mom to me. Always looking out for me even till now.  Thanks for sharing my dreams and adventures ...always excited for my adventures and living them out in your heart!  Thank you. You will be deeply missed and it will be hard to realize you are gone....never forgotten in my heart!!!

Amazing,brave, passionate, tender, authentic, honest, valiant  and loving hearted she was and will always be remembered.  

Love you my sweet Mother Mary !
Eileen  and GenGen

 Mary Margaret you were always such a beauty and a joy in high school! It sounds like you've had a wonderful life too. It's been a long time since we saw each other but I will remember your smiling face forever.  Love and prayers to your family and friends 

I could not have asked for a dearer or closer friend. I miss you terribly, but I am so grateful and I rejoice for the times we shared, both the good and the difficult.  We raised our babies, our kids and our teens together, we saw them grow-up and have jobs and marry and have children of their own! We cried and we laughed and we prayed. What a gift this life has been and you are such a big part of that. I treasure that and I am so thankful to God for His hand in all of it. I know I will see you again in an even better place. Bless you sweet friend and your amazing family.

my sincere condolences on Mary's passing.. I remember her from Madison HS, a classmate and friend.
her nickname was 'sister bertrille' since she resembled Sally Field in the "Flying Nun" tv show.
She was a very outgoing person, and we shared times in our PE class.
RIP Miss Mary - you will be missed.