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Margaret “Margo” Bowerly

Margaret “Margo” Bowerly passed away Feb. 5, 2017.

Margaret was born to John and Frieda Zieg who emigrated in 1918 from Frankfurt Germany to Colfax, Wash. John came first to buy a farm and get things set up, then Frieda joined him and they got married.

Margo was born on July 19, 1923, and two years later her brother Albert was born. Her German heritage was always an important part of her life. She attended Laurelhurst Elementary and Grant High School. In the summer, Margo attended Hastings Business College. After graduating, she got a job at Hyster Co. who manufactured war equipment. As a receptionist and bookkeeper, she worked evenings until 10 p.m. 

One evening a young man convinced a security guard to allow him in to fill work orders. Once the door was opened, he spied Margaret working as the receptionist. A lifetime romance began that evening. Jerry, a dental student, was also working nights for Hyster.

Margaret had to walk two blocks to the nearest streetcar after work, so Jerry rode his bike next to it each night so she had an escort. Often he had one hand on his bike and the other holding her hand.

They were married on March 4, 1944, at the Evangelical Reformed Church in Portland, and remained married for more than 72 years. They had four children: David Bowerly (deceased), Judy Luse, Ronald Bowerly and Laura Heiman. They have nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Jerry and Margo settled in Keizer after time in California during Jerry’s stinit with the U.S. Navy. Jerry was the first dentist in Keizer and they lived here for more than 60 years.

Margo became the bookkeeper for Jerry’s dental office and managed the Fernwood Court Apartment complex they built and owned in Keizer. She stayed busy raising her family, attending neighborhood luncheon club, church service activities and knitting over 100 hats for orphans and relatives. She loved tole painting, quilting, knitting and gardening as well as cooking and entertaining. A love for music stayed with her through playing the organ and piano.

Margo and Jerry’s retirement years were spent traveling with friends, enjoying their condo at Black Butte Ranch and spending time with the family. While camping with family, hugs and snacks were passed out freely and many games of cards and tile rummy were played.

Margo’s deep faith sustained her throughout her life and became a major example impacting the lives of her relatives. She had a grateful and giving heart. She attended church her whole life and most recently at Salem Evangelical Church.

Services for Margaret will be on Saturday, March 4, at 10 a.m. at Keizer Funeral Chapel.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be sent to Franklin Graham Samaritan’s Purse at PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.