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Margaret Rose JamisonOctober 2, 1920 ~ April 25, 2017 (age 96)
Gardiner-Margaret Rose Jamison passed away peacefully on April 25th 2017 after a short period of declining health. Margaret was born on October 2, 1920 in Gardiner, Maine to Marguarita Dunn and Roscoe Dunn. She was the oldest of four children. After graduation from Gardiner High School she moved to Pine Street in Portland and began secretarial work for the federal government. She enjoyed taking her meals at lunch counters with the "girls" and playing tennis in Deering Oaks. These were happy times and she shared many stories over the years about her working days in Portland. In 1940 she married Clifford J Jamison. They did not settle into a home right away, rather she followed him around the country as he trained for his eventual deployment to Europe. They lived in the South and also at Camp Hale, Colorado for a time. It was a period of uncertainty and upheaval, but she relished the excitement of it all. One of her favorite stories was her part in a cross country caravan of women and their children driving to join their husbands at an Army base in Texas. There were many calamities along the way, but they were Army wives and they eventually made it. Margaret's first child John was born in 1943, Joanne in 1945 and in Dan 1948. Margaret made their home in Gardiner while her husband was deployed overseas and it became the home they settled in for the rest of their married lives. Margaret was a full time homemaker for her children and the neighborhood kids as well as master seamstress. In 1962 Margaret had a life altering injury that might have left many without hope and paralyzed. She struggled to regain her ability to walk and proudly remained ambulatory almost up to her passing. In their retirement years Margaret and Cliff enjoyed many road trips in their VW camper, often with Cliff's sister Leona along for the ride.
Margaret was rarely seen without a book or stitch work in her hands and was never one to be idle. She made clothes for grandchildren and quilts for all. She had a keen interest in history and liked to tell stories or relate something she had recently learned or read. She did not like to settle for uninteresting conversation.
She is pre-deceased by her husband of over 60 years Cliff Jamison and a brother John and her sister Ruth. She is survived by a brother Joe Dunn of Gardiner, her Son John Jamison of Jay and his late wife Gloria. Dan Jamison and his wife Donetta of Gardiner and daughter Joanne Worden and husband Russ of Waldoboro, eleven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. The family will have a private committal service. Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home 53 Brunswick Ave Gardiner