Margaret Guzman, 82, of Monmouth, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018.
She was born February 14, 1936, in Albany. She was the daughter of Luis and Clotilde Gutierrez and one of 13 children. Being part of a large family had a significant influence on Margaret and shaped her strong values and togetherness.
Margaret carried this strong belief in family through her early years as a mother of six children, whether that was by filing her children in a row to church, attending their sporting events as a vocal cheerleader or through making piles of fresh tortillas for all to share. Above all else, Margaret was dedicated to her family and children. Beyond her adoration for her children, Margaret loved spending time with her sisters, playing cards, dancing at parties and as a member of the Eagles.
Spending most of her occupational life as a waitress was again an example of Margaret’s care taking nature. Connecting with regulars was part of the joy that she created with and for herself and customers. Margaret used her hard-earned money to insure she always looked her best by visiting Nordstrom and feeding
her favorite vice- shopping. Margaret loved to shop whether by herself, with her sisters or with her daughters.
Margaret was married to Salvador Guzman. They later divorced.
She is proceeded in death by her eldest son, Joe; and siblings, Carlos, Virginia, Carmen, Connie and Mary.
She is survived by sons, Luis of Memphis, Tennessee, Ernest and Jess and wife, Alicia; daughters, Margie and husband, Richard Wheldon, all of Albany, Alice McCarty and husband Eric Nelson of Monmouth; three grandchildren, Christopher, Hannah and Ethan; one great-grandchild, Isaac; and siblings, Luis of Hillsboro, Angie of Corvallis, Esther of Albany, Louise of Dallasport, Washington, Manuel of Lebanon, Sammy of Corvallis and Alice of San Francisco.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Corvallis Hospital and Emergency Care Center for their support in her final days.
A celebration of Margaret’s life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the Albany Senior Center.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society.