Margaret Weaver Collatt, 64, passed away February 19, 2018, in Salem, Oregon. She was born August 17, 1953, in John Day to Buddie and Oradell Weaver.
Margaret was raised in Mt. Vernon, Oregon, where she attended school and participated in many school activities. She lived in Pendleton in the ’80s while attending Blue Mountain Community College, where she graduated with both an RN and an accounting degree. Twenty years later she graduated with honors from OHSU with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.
In 1984 Margaret started working at the Oregon Department of Corrections in Salem, where she wore many hats with Health Services and received numerous awards both locally and nationally. She was part of the first nursing group that wrote the first set of health care policies and procedures for Oregon Department of Corrections. After 33 years she retired due to poor health.
Margaret had a enthusiastic and vibrant personality. She respected the people she came in contact with as they respected her as well. She was always full of life, fun energy and found joy in others. She lived her life with her heart.
Margaret is survived by children Lester (Mary) Wall and Joann Wall; mother and stepfather Oradell and Claude Talley; brother Jim (Mary) Weaver; sisters Elaine Foster and Janet (Rick) Hylton; grandchildren Aspen, Madisen, Elijah, Noah and Isaiah; nieces and nephews Christopher, Mandy, Jerrod, Jennifer, Gregory, Janel and Andrew; several great-nephews and many cousins; and lIfe-long friend Bruce Carlson.
She is preceded in death by her father Buddie and brother Alvin.
In Margaret’s own words at the acceptance of her last award: “Thank you to all of you who have been my friends, and now family, over all the years. A few thoughts I would like to leave with you at this time. Find and cherish good mentors and good friends, to share the burden stories and the triumph stories, for occasional ‘reality checks’ and for talks when times are confusing. Every encounter is a teachable moment, and extend into the future. Treat everyone with respect just as you would a family member.”
A celebration of life will be held May 27 at the Mt. Vernon Community Center in Mt. Vernon, Oregon, at 3:00 p.m.