Margaret Lemmons Memorial Service

Celebration of the Life of Margaret Lemmons, 2 p.m., August 24, 2013 at Newberg Friends Church.

Margaret Shattuck Lemmons was born May 6, 1929, in Gresham, Oregon, and died August 8, 2013, in Newberg, Oregon.

The daughter of Willard and Ethelyn Armstrong Shattuck, Margaret did not attend grade school due to a congenital heart defect. She was taught by a state-supplied home teacher. She was able to attend high school and graduated with honors from Gresham High School in 1947. She attended George Fox College (now University) and received a bachelor of arts degree in 1951, followed by a master of education from Lewis and Clark College in 1952.

Margaret taught language arts for three years at George Fox College and for 25 years at Kelso Senior High School. She was a lifelong member of the Friends Church, serving in a variety of ministry opportunities. She proudly served on the Board of Trustees of George Fox University and on the Communications Commission of Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends.

On August 6, 1954, Margaret married Gerald R. Lemmons. They moved to Kelso in the summer of 1955. They celebrated the arrival of a son, Michael Dean Lemmons, on April 10, 1960. Thirty years later they celebrated the birth of a granddaughter, Marika Marie Lemmons, on May 17, 1990.

After they retired from teaching in 1985, Margaret and Gerald enjoyed volunteering for both the Friends Church as well as George Fox University. They were named George Fox Volunteers of the Year in 2004. Margaret also enjoyed traveling with Gerald, managing to visit all 50 states as well as a few foreign countries. In the fall of 1998, Margaret and Gerald moved to Friendsview Retirement Community in Newberg, Oregon, where they reunited with old friends and continued to lead an active social life.

Always ready with a warm smile and a listening ear, Margaret was a living example of God’s abundant love.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald, in Newberg; her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Bianca Lemmons of Kelso; her granddaughter, Marika Lemmons, of Scottsdale, Arizona; a sister, Evangelyn Fleetwood of Newberg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial tributes may be made to the George Fox University Scholarship Fund (414 N Meridian St, Newberg, OR 97132) or Rose Valley Friends Church Scholarship Fund (1437 Rose Valley Rd, Kelso, WA 98626).

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Retrospect

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I visited the old school today,
And they were there—
My students—
Crowding the hall,
Traffic-jamming the stairs,
Clamoring to be heard
Through soundless echoes of days long gone.

My echoing footsteps were less loud
Than thundering cheers from the deserted gym,
Clattering dishes in the cobwebbed cafeteria,
And slamming lockers in empty corridors.

I heard the sobs of those,
Who had wept in childish grief,
Or under burdens far too heavy
For shoulders young as theirs.
Laughter,
Shouts of joy,
And chattered details of a thousand daily lives
Rose and ebbed
Obeying toneless bells.
I heard the mockery,
The ribald joke, profanity,
And the cutting cruelty of youth.

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In the dim emptiness
I saw the lovers holding hands, Stealing kisses,
Seeking love;
Oneness with another
Identity.

Did they learn, I mused?
Did any learn what I had hoped to teach? Not composition, but compassion.
Not grammar, but self-realization;
Not literature, but love.

Then,
In the clamoring stillness,
I once again breathed thanks
For what my students gave to me:
Faith in youth,
A philosophy of education,
Tears,
Headaches,
Joy, and—
Fulfillment.

Margaret Lemmons

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