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Margaret Ruth Edmison

June 14, 1937 - April 18, 2020

Margaret Ruth EdmisonMargaret Ruth Cammack was born June 14, 1937 in Salem, Oregon, the second of four children  of her parents Albert & Ruth. The young family soon moved East. Margaret grew up on the 78 acre family farm outside of Ontario, Oregon. She graduated from Ontario Union High
 School in 1955.  Attending George Fox College, Margaret graduated in 1960 with a degree in Home Economics & just 3 credits short of a second degree in Bible.
After spending a year as an emergency teacher for Greenleaf Friends Academy in Idaho, Margaret returned to the Portland area. She worked several different retail jobs.Margaret eventually became a color and sizing inspector for Jantzen. Never one to be far from her family, she enjoyed spending time with her parents, siblings & their children.
 During her time working for Meyer & Franks selling fabric, she met Bill Edmison, the brother of a co-worker. Bill & Margaret continued to see one another for several years, finally marrying December 20, 1969.  The family moved to Bend, Oregon in 1972, where they raised their two children. She enjoyed spending time with all of her family, both birth & the family that marriage brought to her. Making a loving, supportive, and welcoming home brought her great joy.
 Margaret’s consistent and constant love for her Lord, Jesus Christ, was evident in how she spoke with people, how she raised her children & loved her husband.  She was a shy person, never wanting to draw attention to herself. However that didn’t keep her from being of service to others. Her choice for service was mostly behind the scenes, cleaning, preparing craft items for VBS, scheduling nursery or Sunday School workers, even babysitting for those who could not find suitable alternatives.  When the need was large enough, she might step into the spotlight for a short time, once even running a scouting program called Caravans, so that the opportunity would be there for her children and the rest of the children of the area. Through the years, Margaret’s faithful following of
 Jesus, helped lead Bill to a saving knowledge of Christ. 
They moved to Willamina in 1986 following employment opportunities.  Margaret continued in her service roles, helping with Sunday School, VBS, missions, eventually becoming the Church Secretary at the Sheridan Church of the Nazarene.  Bill & Margaret moved to Salem in 2004. Margaret continued her service, now at South Salem Nazarene.
 Her first love was always Jesus Christ; all of her love and relationships sprung from that well.  She always wanted people to see Jesus before they saw her. She is described by her son as follows. “If all Christians were like my mom, Christianity wouldn’t have a bad reputation. I have had killers, thieves, & whores in my mom’s house. Her only concern was ‘Did you get enough to eat? Do you have a safe place to stay?’” 
 Margaret, when looking back on her life, wanted everyone to see “more than 80 years of Amazing Grace”.
In lue of flowers , charitable donations can be made to Tattoos Cure Cancer, a 501c Nonprofit. TCC is made up of internationally respected tattoo artists, who come together to stage events raising funds to benefit both local & national cancer needs, from helping a single mother facing a cancer battle to donating to research into childhood cancers.  100% of the monies brought in are sent back out. You can keep up to date with TCC on Instagram @tattooscurecancer or by visiting You can make a one time tax deductible donation directly at  enter & choose your dollar amount. Margaret was very proud that her son was one of the tattooers considered to be “TattoosCureCancer ProTeam/Familia”.
 Another type of donation would be to donate to your local summer camp scholarship fund through your church or through a specific camping organization.  Through the years, Margaret was a big supporter of Christian Camping. She served in a variety of roles for Girls Camps. Margaret’s grandchildren attended multiple camps growing up and will pass this on to future generations.  Her daughter’s students do annual service projects at a couple of different camps, exposing them to opportunities beyond their own current experience.
Margaret is survived by: her husband of more than 50 years, Bill Edmison of Salem, her children Nancy (Kelley) Swarat of Hermiston, Oregon, and Omar (Kati) Edmison of Salem, her grandchildren: Kayla (Sheldon) Field of Nampa, Idaho, Tim Swarat of Hermiston, Oregon, Daisey Edmison, Myrna Edmison and Dexter Edmison all of Salem, Oregon, her siblings Ralph Cammack, Paul Cammack and Edith White, many nieces & nephews, cousins & extended family.
Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.


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My prayers are with everyone.  So thankful to know that Margaret had such a strong faith!

Love and prayers to you Uncle Bill and the family. Our best memories are when y’all would come to Boardman, Oregon and hang out with us, Nancy and Richard were just little guys. We had lots of fun and laughter! Lots of moon pies, and home made ice cream !! Love y’all 

We send our love and prayers to Uncle Bill and family, to you Nancy and your family.  Praising the Lord for the life Margaret lived serving Him and her family.

We have many fond memories of Aunt Margaret it was always a joy when she came to Grandma Beth house when we went to Bend. Now she's home with the Lord and she will feel no more pain. Donald and Teresa Farley

We have many memories Aunt Margaret when we went to Ben to see Grandma Beth. now she's home with the Lord and she will have no more pain

A life well lived for Jesus.  You are remembered and missed by many!

Our love and prayers to your family  during this time of grief and loss.  When I think of Margaret I picture her smile and uplifting humorous tone in her voice as we would engage in conversation.  Appreciated her dedicated service for our Lord in the Bend church;  And then to see this service continue on in the Sheridan  and South Salem churches.  It was always a joy to see her at various times and occasions down through the years and get caught up the family.  
We do grieve, but not like those who have no hope.   Our hope is knowing we have eternal life through Jesus Christ our risen Lord!

We send our prayers to the family. I really enjoyed the conversations that Margaret and I had. She knitted a special outfit for outside for our first grandchild. Still will be missed.
Sending hugs to Bill.
Marilyn and Alan

Aunt Margaret was one of the nicest people and the most loving person. She was with my mom on the last days of Moms life. She was there for us when our Sean was born, bringing us,  Sean, Harvey and me home from Portland.  Aunt Margaret knitted this tiny red suit for Sean to come home in. She will be missed and remembered as the loving, kind Christian woman she was and I will always thank Uncle Bill for the day he brought her into the family.

We miss her smile and attitude to life and her love to Christ and family.

My son Kelley is married to Margaret’s daughter Nancy and I have known Margaret for over thirty years. 
I have always admired her love and commitment to her family and friends. Margaret had many talents including cooking and being an amazing seamstress. She made Nancy’s wedding dress and then altered the dress for my granddaughter Kayla for her wedding. 
I know Margaret is dearly loved by her family and will be greatly missed. 
My last time of seeing Margaret was on Mother’s Day weekend last year and even in her suffering with cancer, she was very proud of all her family. May she rest now in our Heavenly Fathers arms and know she made a great difference to all that knew her including myself. In deepest sympathy, Sue Swarat. 

I'm so sorry to hear of Margaret's passing, but praise her life lived for the Lord. Margaret was a Godsend when we lived in Sheridan and my youngest had severe asthma. I could always call her when I needed to rush to the dr or hospital and she'd be there to watch my other two. She adopted my kids like a Grandma and I counted her as a great blessing in all our lives. My joy is knowing she is with her blessed Savior, whole and happy.

My family gives our deepest sympathy to Bill, Nancy, Richard and the whole family in the loss of Margaret. 
Many fond memories with Bill & Margaret for family gatherings including birthdays, graduations and weddings. 
Margaret definitely was the matriarch of her family leading by example in her faith in God, love for family and compassion for others. 


Love and prayers of comfort for Bill and rest of the family. Rest in Peace Margaret, we know you are with Our Lord now.