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Margaret Elizabeth Drescher

Surrounded by loving family members, Margaret Elizabeth Drescher passed away March 4, 2016 at Rogue Valley Manor Health Care Center after a brief illness. She was beloved by Thomas, her husband of 51 years, who died in 2006. Margaret was a vibrant woman who enjoyed life fully. She had the gift of making each person she met know they were valued and cherished.

Margaret was born November 7, 1931 in Detroit, Mich. She graduated from Valparaiso University in January 1953 with a degree in geography. Margaret moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the CIA.  She married Thomas Burton Drescher on August 28, 1954. Tom and Margaret raised three children in Vienna, Virginia. Margaret was passionate about education and worked as a substitute teacher while her children were in school. She also worked for H&R Block for several years before moving with Tom to Lincoln City, Ore. They moved to Rogue Valley Manor in 1996, where Tom enjoyed golf, and Margaret embraced many activities at the Manor, including the Summer Games, and playing water volleyball.

Margaret was a life-long volunteer; active in her church congregations as well as many community organizations. Her accomplishments include setting up the Lincoln County Library District and sitting on the Rogue Valley Manor Community Services Board. Margaret was most proud of the work she did with the AARP Tax-Aide Program. She loved organizing and empowering people, to help those in need of tax assistance. She pioneered electronic tax filing for the Northwest Region and was the only volunteer to sit on the IRS National Board for Electronic Filing.

Margaret is survived by her children, Libby Bryant (Dave) of Brush Prairie, Wash., Robert Drescher (Ann) of Wilmington, N.C. and Menlo Park, Calif., and David Drescher (Alyce) of Portland, Ore.; four grandchildren, Matthew Bryant, Peter Bryant (Lisa), Megan Drescher, Elizabeth Drescher (fiancé, Ry Olson); two great-grandchildren, Sullivan Bryant and Ellamae Bryant; her sister, Carol LaRue (Jim) of Phoenix, Ariz.; her two brothers, John (Natalie) of Bellevue, Wash. and David (Ada) of Livermore, Calif.; her cherished aunt, Ellen Gamrath of Seattle, Wash.; and many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom loved her dearly.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Rogue Valley Manor followed by a reception.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rogue Valley Manor Foundation for either the Medical Transportation Fund or the Fairy Godmother Scholarship Fund, 1200 Mira Mar Avenue, Medford, Oregon, 97504; or to Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, Ore. 97504.

Margaret Elizabeth Drescher