Margaret Laursen, beloved mother and locally renowned AARP volunteer tax preparer, arrived at the Grand Total on her Return in life on February 26, 2014 in her home in Talent, Ore., following 88 years of a well rounded life.
Margaret was born August 10, 1925 in Portland, Ore. of Danish emigrant parents, Paul and Elisabeth Petersen. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics as well as her nickname, "Petie", at Oregon State, before marrying geologist and fellow Danish-American, Helge Laursen, in 1951. They embarked on an adventurous life that spanned three continents, eight states, 16 houses, and approximately 16,425 cloth diaper changes for five Dependents, each her "equal favorite".
As a break from managerial, financial, logistical, and domestic duties for the Laursen tribe, Margaret worked as tax preparer, completing an estimated 8,448 tax returns in her paid professional life. Helge's retirement brought them back to Margaret's beloved native state in 1983, where she could "finally settle down" in Talent, Ore. and commence her decades-long career as a volunteer AARP tax preparer, as well as a SMART reader for Talent Elementary School, having previously honed her volunteer skills at approximately 1,272 PTA, sports, Boy/Girl Scout, ballet, school, and church committee meetings.
Margaret was preceded in death by her beloved Helge and her daughter, Lisa (Thirkill). Her surviving related fan club includes children, Larry, Linda, Eric, and Ingrid; daughter-in-law, Rebecca; sons-in-law, Steven Bahr and Michael Thirkill; as well as six grandchildren (who made her so proud as they grew into fine adults); and three great-grandchildren (whose iPhoned antics brought smiles to her face until her last days). She is also survived by four generations of beloved nieces and nephews that would warrant a Schedule A to itemize.
Given that the only spotlight Margaret happily consented to standing in was that of the sunshine in the great outdoors (where her weed pulling totals were well into the 6-digit figures), her wished for a family-only service will be honored with a less-than-21-garden-trowel salute of her ashes in the rose garden of the Siskiyou Memorial Park and on her property at "Helge Holler" in the hills above Talent. This was a concession to convention on her part, her fist choice being to "just throw me into the compost pile."
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Talent Library, PO Box 994, Talent, OR 97540, where a fund has been set up in her name.