Margaret A. BenjaminApril 27, 1919 ~ November 13, 2017 (age 98)
Margaret was born in Yakima, Washington to A.C. Bokker and Anna Leuning. She married Earl R. Benjamin on December 12, 1937 at her parent’s home in Zillah, Washington. She spent 15 years in the Yakima Valley farming with her husband. They moved to White Salmon, Washington in 1952 and spent 10 years there. While there she and her husband continued their interest in dancing and joined a dance club. Their love of dancing continued for more than 50 years. She also enjoyed playing cards and joined a local Pinochle Club.
She worked for the U.S. Post Office in White Salmon and had her own cafe. She loved to cook and was known for her baking, especially her pies. The family then relocated to Milwaukie, Oregon in 1962. She was employed as a cook at Milwaukie High School and retired from there in 1984. She was active in her church and the Milwaukie Garden Club. She loved working in her yard and could be seen outside working most of the time. Margaret was also an avid Portland Trailblazer fan and rarely missed listening to them play on the radio or watching them on the television. Perhaps the thing she enjoyed most was her family and the times spent together with them and the children.
Margaret passed away at her care facility, The Autumn Garden Home on Monday November 13, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Wilbert Bokker, sisters, Dora Darche, Mildred Harvey and Viola Melini. She is survived by her four children, Robert Benjamin and his children Greg, Andrea Stine, Amy Kamos, Loyd Benjamin (Pat) and their sons, Dan, Jason and Steven, Arlene Thornbrugh (Charley) and their children Shannon Henry and Charley Jr., Ralph (Shirley) daughters Cathy Turner and Bonnie Marasch. Sister in law Lenora Cox. Eighteen great grandchildren and seven great, great grandchildren. There also many surviving nieces and nephews.
Margaret’s family would like to thank the Autumn Garden Home care facility, The Parkside Adult Care Home and all of the care givers that took care of her for the last eight years.
* In lieu of flowers the family would like donations made to a charity of your choice.