Margaret Elizabeth Liebe was born August 8th, 1926, at New Rockford, North Dakota, to parents Charles and Belva (Shelton) Thorpe. She died Saturday, March 10th, 2012, at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Hermiston, Oregon, at the age of 85.
She grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. As an adult she lived in several places following construction with her family including Garrison Dam, North Dakota, San Pablo, California, and finally McNary Dam in 1949. From there she moved to Hurlburt Avenue and then to Lathrop Avenue, where a home was built in the 50s. On April 29th, 1965, she married Walter George Liebe in Hermiston. They lived there until the last few years when they moved to Cody Avenue where she enjoyed many wonderful new neighbors.
When she first moved to Hermiston she was a waitress at McCabes Café. She worked as an inventory clerk at Umatilla Army Depot for 25 years. Never wanting to be idle, she worked at several part-time jobs after retiring from the depot including counting fish at McNary Dam. She was active in the Good Shepherd Medical Center Auxiliary for many, many years, serving as the treasurer for 25 years. In 2000 she had more than 25,000 hours of service.
She served as the assistant area director in 1981 and area director in 1982 of the Oregon Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. She worked in the gift shop and generally was seen around the hospital volunteering. She also spent many hours helping at the senior center with the meal program. She visited family as much as she could. She loved traveling to the Oregon coast. She was able to make 2 trips to Europe with her children and travel to Hawaii and Alaska. Playing cards was a passion of hers which she did as much as possible.
To her family, friends, and community she was always willing and ready to step in and help. She spent much time watching grandchildren and attending as many of their activities as she could. All agree she was the best grandma anyone could have. She supported all extended family unconditionally.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Walter Liebe of Hermiston, Ore.; children, daughter Patricia Duvall (Gene) of Kingston, Wash., son Larry Liedtke (Jill) of Eugene, Ore., and son Terry Liedtke of Pilot Rock, Ore.; 2 stepsons, David (Jan) and John Liebe (Martha) of Hermiston, Ore.; sisters, Betty Petersen of Minot, N.D., and Delores Martin (Dick) of Pensacola, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Belva Thorpe; sisters, Patricia Olson and Shirley Garrison; brother Donald Anderson; stepchildren, Shirley Tannahill, Daniel Liebe, and Stephen Liebe.
Memorial services will be held on Sunday, March 18th, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hermiston. Reception to follow in the fellowship hall. A private family burial of cremains will be Monday, March 19th, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hermiston Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Medical Center Auxiliary or to the Hermiston Senior Center.
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Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon, is in care of arrangements.