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Margaret (Meg) Finlayson

September 21, 1949 - July 1, 2019

Margaret (Meg) FinlaysonMargaret (Meg) Finlayson, 69, of Salem, Oregon passed away on July 1, 2019.  Meg was born in 1949 in Oakland, California, the fourth daughter of John and Barbara (Tesche) Finlayson. She graduated from Berkeley High School in 1967, attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Ca. and became a Physical Therapy Assistant after attending Portland State College.  She worked for the State of Oregon at the Callahan Center and Fairview.  After a brief period providing home health. Meg joined the Willamette Education Service District.  In that capacity, Meg was often called upon to build or modify adaptive equipment for physically limited students.
Meg was an avid gardener, especially of roses.  She was a creative knitter and cross stitcher.  In retirement, she continued working with children, volunteering weekly in a Salem elementary classroom supporting reading instruction.  She also volunteered in the Children’s Room at the Salem Library.
Meg is survived by her three sisters, Ann Sandstrom of Bandon, OR, Catherine (Kate) Reed of Winchester, VA and Joan Anderson of Brown Deer, WI, five nieces and two nephews.  A celebration of life will be held in Salem at the Rotary Pavilion at Riverside Park on September 21st at 2:30.  Donations in honor of Meg can be made to the Humane Society. 

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What a lovely photo of Meg. That style of turtle neck and sweater was her signature.  I know she would have approved.

Meg was so kind,welcoming and generous of her time with me when I started at WESD. A wonderful, strong advocate for the children and a master magician in creating adaptive equipment. She was so dedicated to the children and families she served. I was fortunate to see her around Salem in her retirement which she was enjoying. Sending my condolences.

Meg was one of the most valuable members of the WESD therapy team. She could sew or construct anything a child needed. She was caring in her work with children, their families and school staff and they all loved her.  Meg and I shared a love of cats, travel and kids. She had many stories to share on all those topics. I appreciated Meg's generosity when she supported our Medical Team trips to work in the orphanages in Romania. She made diapers, hats and scarves by the hundreds, which were very needed. Many of the therapy team can thank Meg for teaching us to knit, crochet and quilt and problem solve those difficult projects. I was blessed to be Meg's co-worker and friend for many years. I think Meg would remind us to pet a cat, hug a child and spend your time in a meaningful way (travel, volunteer, time with family and friends).  Peace!

My condolences to Meg's family. I remembered her loving smile and jolly attitude. Always willing to help where needed. She was a wonderful co-worker (Oregon School for the Blind) and a friend whom I lost touch with but never forgot, as well as, having helped many handicapped children. May she rest in peace.

No one knew how to tell a story better than Meg. Her warmth, kindness and generosity will be missed. My deepest sympathies on your loss.

Meg was a kind neighbor and friend who helped at Liberty School, the Children's library and weekly worked at the Marion/Polk food bank.  She was very creative and helpful.  She is missed here at Capital Manor.  Peace to her memory.  Ruth Holme

I worked with Meg at Willamette ESD for several years. She had a big heart. She helped me out a lot, both at work and personally. She took care of my two cats for several weeks while I was going through a difficult time. I will miss her Christmas card. My sympathies to her family.