MARGARET GARDEN

Matriarch of her clan

Margaret Campbell Robertson Garden, 92, died peacefully Nov. 1, 2019, at her home in North Bend, WA. She was born August 6, 1927 to David Brown Robertson and Alexandrina Campbell in Glasgow, Scotland.

When she was a young woman, Margaret took a job working in the advertising department at the Dundee Courier in Dundee, Scotland. It was there she met her future husband, Douglas “Dougal” Garden. He had taken an advertising sales job after serving as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

Dougal set sail to seek his fortune in the U.S., settling in New York State before asking Margaret to join him. They married and had three children, eventually settling in Florida. Dougal continued to work in advertising until his death, while Margaret was crowned queen of social activities for her friends and family.

The Gardens traveled all over the world, and Margaret continued to do so with family and friends after she was widowed. The trips Margaret and her two sisters orchestrated served as a classroom for the girls and women in her clan. All three sisters were extraordinarily strong women who empowered their daughters by teaching them compassion was not weakness, obstacles are not boundaries, kindness often leads to enriching – if not adventurous – journeys, and humor is the sunshine of the soul.

Margaret was predeceased by her parents, her husband Dougal and son David Garden. She is survived by her daughter Beverly (Richard) Luther of North Bend; son Derek Garden of Bradenton, Florida; grandchildren Douglas (Jill) Luther; Ryan (Kelli) Luther; Courtney Luther; Luke Murray; Jenna (Jeremy) Buchanan; and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Anne Maguire of Newcastle, England, and Jessie O’Neil of McCormick, South Carolina. In addition she is survived by beloved nieces Carolyn O’Neil, Alison O’Neil and Laurie Maguire, and nephew Brian O’Neil. She leaves behind many dear friends – including new ones she’s made at Mt. Si Senior Center since moving to North Bend 4 years ago.

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