MARGARET JANET WARD MAYNARD
June 8, 1919 ~ May 18, 2016
Margaret Janet Ward Maynard, 96, died peacefully in her sleep on May 18, 2016, at her home in Vancouver, WA, with family members nearby. She was born June 8, 1919, on her parents' dairy farm in Avalon, WI. She was the only child of Harold Leslie Ward and Edith Jean Hadden, who predeceased her in 1945 and 1972.
Margaret was educated at Janesville High School in Janesville, WI, Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL, University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, and Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA. She was an intelligent and curious lifelong learner; an avid reader of fiction and nonfiction; and a formidable SCRABBLE player. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, American Association of University Women, and many other organizations.
Margaret met Russell Milton Maynard at Monmouth College; and they were married on December 31, 1941, at the Rock Prairie United Presbyterian Church in Johnstown Center, WI. Russell was a doctor in the United States Navy from before Pearl Harbor until after the Korean War, when he became a doctor for the Veterans Administration. When Russell retired in 1979, he and Margaret moved to Cascade Head Ranch in Otis, OR. Russell died in 1993.
Margaret excelled as a farmer's daughter, naval officer's wife, doctor's wife, church leader, and community volunteer; and (most importantly) she was an exceptional mother. She raised, nurtured, and launched seven children: James Hadden Maynard of Vancouver, WA; Harold Ward Maynard (Lorraine Bergkvist) of Baltimore, MD; Christina Maynard Cardenas (Tony Cardenas) of Grandview, WA; Hugh Milton Maynard (Faith Woodman) of Bath, ME; John Russell Maynard (Helen Brereton) of Cowes, Victoria, Australia; Nancy Jean Maynard of Vancouver, WA; and Marcia Wynne Maynard (Jim Fischer) of Vancouver, WA, She is survived by her seven children, twelve grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service, followed by a celebration of life reception, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at First Presbyterian Church, 4300 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98663. Margaret's ashes will be buried in the summer of 2017 in the Johnstown Center Cemetery, Johnstown Center, WI. It's not far from the farm where she was born.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits