Margaret Elizabeth (Brock) Pentecost was born May 29, 1925, in Dover, Idaho, to Ursus and Helen Brock. She was the oldest of three daughters, with younger sisters Edith and Mary.
Margaret spent her teenage years in Kinzua, a lumber town in central Oregon, where her father was manager of the Kinzua Lumber Mill. She graduated from Wheeler County High School in 1942 and went to Linfield College for one semester and then on to Whitworth College.
She married her high school sweetheart, Wilbur Pentecost, on March 23, 1945, prior to his shipping out to Okinawa, Japan. They agreed to “change” their names to Dick and Marge (Margie).
Upon his return from the Army, they settled in The Dalles, Ore., where they both worked for her father at The Dalles Lumber Mill. After their daughter Gay and son Rick were born, in the early 1950’s, they moved to their farm out on Seven Mile Hill Road in 1956 and lived there for 49 years.
They began square dancing in the late 1940’s and continued on, with Dick as caller and Marge as cuer for several clubs in the local area.
Marge went back to work after the kids were in school, working for Dr. John Gilhousen as a secretary/transcriptionist until he retired, and then she was employed by the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Ore. until she retired.
She was a member of the Fort Dalles Riders’ Club, Swap and Swing Square Dance Club, Christian Women’s Association, and Calvary Baptist Church.
They moved from their farm into Flagstone Senior Living in January, 2007. Dick passed away in 2010 after 65 years of marriage.
Marge is survived by her sisters Edith Mulholland, her four children and spouses, numerous grand and great-grandchildren, Mary Marsden, her two sons and families; her niece Barbara (Wayne) on the Pentecost side of the family and her own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter Gay Hall-Pentecost; sons David (Lynn) and Dan (Natalie) and five great-grandchildren, Rick (Leslie) and children, Eric (Sarah), Ted (Brandi) and Beth (Aaron) Foster and four great-grandchildren.
The family thanks Calvary Baptist Church visitors, Dr. Toni Corcoran-Smith; the wonderful staff at Flagstone who cared for mom in many ways; the physical therapists who improved mom’s quality of life in these last months; and her friends, who were many, and kept in touch with her and ran errands when her kids couldn’t get to The Dalles.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date when the gorge is passable and we can all gather to share memories.
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