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Margaret Howard Marshall
Jan. 17, 1915-Dec. 22, 2012
Menlo Park, California

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Margaret Belle Howard Marshall (Jan. 17, 1915 - Dec. 22, 2012)

Margaret Belle Howard Marshall died on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, less than one month short of her 98th birthday. She was born in Miraj, India, on Jan. 17, 1915. She moved to Southern California as a child.

Margaret had two brothers, who pre-deceased her. Dr. Harry P. Howard, of Atherton, was an anesthetist for many years at the Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. Ernest R. Howard, B.S. and M.S. from CalTech, was a mechanical engineer at a Texas Instruments subsidiary in Massachusetts. Margaret is survived by several nieces, grand and great nieces, and nephews, grand and great nephews.

Margaret obtained her B.A. from Wilson College in Pennsylvania in 1936. She was an executive secretary for IBM in New York City for many years. She was the widow of Dr. Roy K. Marshall (1907-1972), Professor of Astronomy and author of several scientific books.

Margaret moved back to California in 1971. She lived in Palo Alto until July of 2004, when she moved to a studio apartment at BridgePoint at Los Altos. At the age of 89, she was still driving her '72 Cougar.

In 2011, declining health required her to move to Orchid Villa in Menlo Park, where she received the attentive care she needed and made friendships that warmed her days. Special thanks go to Lyn Carr, who befriended Margaret over the years and aided and accompanied her through good times and bad. Margaret was alert and in good spirits in the days before her emergency hospitalization on Dec. 19.

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