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Margaret J. LaDue

June 21, 1920 - April 5, 2021


Margaret Alice Johanna Swanson LaDue passed away on April 5 at the age of 100. She was born June 21, 1920 in Portland, Oregon, the first child of Bert and Alice Swanson. Her family moved to Silverton living on Second Street when Margaret was a toddler. Margaret attended school in Silverton graduating Silverton High class of 1939. When seven years old, her family moved to Hobert Rd. where they expanded the house to accommodate the growing family. They lived next to Alice’s parents. Margaret enjoyed riding in Grandfather's horse and buggy to downtown to buy groceries! She enjoyed swimming with her Aunt Leita and brothers and sister in Abiqua River.
Margaret married Melvin on October 6, 1940 in Silverton Christian Church. They lived in Bend, Oregon and Richland, Washington where Melvin was employed. After moving back to Salem they bought property in 1945 on Hollywood Drive where they built a small house where Margaret lived while Mel served in the Army. In 1948-1949 they built their home where they reared their family of three children.
Margaret was a housewife. She enjoyed homemaking: canning fruit and vegetables from their large garden and orchard. She sewed costumes for school pageants and served as Room Mother for all her children at Swegle Elementary. She belonged to OSU's Extension for over 50 years. She supervised her kids picking strawberries, cherries and beans. She joined us picking beans and was quite a good picker!
Margaret planned family vacations yearly. We traveled to San Francisco, San Diego, Victoria, BC and Tijuana, Mexico, to Big Sky Country Montana, the Grand Canyon and Disneyland! Often we camped in Oregon where the family could go fishing. Margaret especially enjoyed catching Blue Gill in the Siletz River and trout at Detroit, Wickiup and Suttle Lake. She and Melvin enjoyed traveling in their boats throughout the Northwest. Cruising the San Juan Islands was a highlight.
In 1955 Margaret joined the first employees of Meier & Frank Department Store in Salem. She enjoyed working in Women’s Sportwear. In the late 1960’s she became an employee of Marion County working in the Election Dept. In retirement Margaret became docent at Bush House and the Woolen Mills. She belonged to Salem Rose Society and she and Mel raised orchids as members of Orchid Society.
They enjoyed attending Knife and Fork dinners and Yacht Club Activities. They also belonged to the Roving Sam RV club leading many campouts. Most of all Margaret enjoyed hostessing holiday dinners for her family at their home. She gave her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren many happy memories.
Margaret was preceded in death by parents, husband Melvin, brothers Richard (Isabel) and Robert (Bob) and sister Gloria (Ray), sons Michael and Mark (Karen).
She is survived by daughter Melva Diane (Rick), daughter-in-law Betty (Jim), six grandchildren; Jason (Laura), Bryan (Missy), Colette, Jacquline (Sara), Mark and Catherine (Eric), ten great-grandchildren; Mariah, Monique, Myana, Cameron, Andrew, Emily, Haley, Ashley, Parker and JJ, great-great-granddaughter Klaire and several devoted nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM on Wednesday, April 14 at Court Street Christian Church, 1699 Court St. NE. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
She will be missed and always in our hearts.

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I will always remember Aunt Margaret as a women of tremendous poise and grace. A special memory that I have was that she always bought us pajamas every Christmas. That in itself was great, however every year she bought us a larger size (long after we quit growing) her gifting evolved into a special tradition of returning them to JC Penny’s after Christmas. It was a fun shopping activity for me. In later years she was always bright and knowledgeable about family history. She was a joy to encounter at family functions to spend a few moments remembering when. She lived a long full life, I regret that we were never able to celebrate her 100th birthday. She will be truly missed.
Her niece-Rebecca LaDue Pellico