Margaret Jane Haddock Markillie
Family members surrounded Margaret Jane Haddock Markillie, best known as "Jane" or "Janie," when she peacefully passed on to the next world on Wednesday, November 29th. First diagnosed with lung cancer in 1997, Margaret experienced a great deal of love, laughter and good times - and endured some difficult times - in the intervening years.
Margaret was born to Folk Winfred Haddock, Sr. and Esperance Pearl (Cole) Haddock in Exeter, Missouri on December 19, 1934. She was still a toddler when her family relocated to Klamath County, Oregon, where she attended schools in Sprague River and Chiloquin. She married Gerald Leroy Hill, Sr., with whom she had three children while residing in Chiloquin - Kathleen, Gerald and James. That marriage ended in divorce. After re-locating to Roseburg, she married Earl Walter Markillie, of Oakland, Oregon on November 22, 1957, with whom she made her life and raised her children in Oakland and Roseburg prior to their relocation to Central Point in 1967.
While still in Roseburg, Margaret completed her GED and graduated from business school, acquiring the skills she would later need as office manager for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service's J. Herbert Stone Nursery in Central Point. Her emphasis on education, and her role modeling, impacted her children and grandchildren. All of her children earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. The three grandchildren who are old enough have also earned undergraduate degrees and have completed or are currently completing graduate degrees.
Margaret's life revolved around family and friends. Her role as mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, auntie, niece and friend is renowned. After retirement, she and Earl made annual "snow bird" trips to Sandpoint Marina in Lake Havasu, Arizona, where they made a new generation of friends in addition to those special friendships they had built over the decades in Douglas and Jackson counties.
Margaret is survived by her children, Kathleen Shaye Hill and her husband Joseph C. Dupris of Chiloquin, Gerald Leroy Hill, Jr. of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and James Daryl Hill of Tempe, Arizona; her grandchildren, David Allen Hill and his wife Martha of Chicago, Illinois, Shayleen and her husband Luis Idrogo, Joseph James Dupris, and Shay RedHorse Dupris (all of Chiloquin), Shana Mackenzie Hill and Sarah Yankton Hill (of Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park, Minnesota) and Tristan Riley Hill (of Tempe Arizona); great-grandchildren Alena Jane Thomas and Lorenzo, Alyssandra, Isabelle and David Idrogo (all of Chiloquin); sister Ellen Bonser and her life-partner Dennis Koster of Klamath Falls, sister Cindy Harris and her husband Tom of Roseburg, brother, Folk W. Haddock, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Klamath Falls, brother-in-law Elmer Markillie and his wife Maxine of Sutherlin, and sister-in-law Mary Rogers and her husband Bud of Springfield. Numerous beloved nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and dear friends also survive her. Her parents, Folk and Esperance, and her beloved husband and life-partner, Earl Markillie, preceded her in death.
Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Margaret's life, which will be held at the Voorhies Mansion at Eden Vale Winery in Medford on Saturday, December 16th from 1-4 p.m.
Margaret's family encourages memorial contributions in her name to the American Cancer Society, 31 W. 6th Street, Medford, OR 97501.