Margaret Jane Maynard
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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.
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Published in The Columbian on May 29, 2016.
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June 4, 2016
One of my favorite lifetime memories! Staying with Margaret and her family in her coast home.
Jeanette Caples
May 29, 2016
I met Margaret through the American Association of University Women. I never laughed so hard as I did at one of our book groups on Halloween evening when Margaret arrived wearing a cow costume. She danced and cavorted in her new identity! She always made me feel good.
Sue Heise
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