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.