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Margaret Grimes

February 21, 1918 - August 10, 2013-


Margaret Elyse Sumner Grimes passed away peacefully Aug. 10, 2013, in Woodinville, Wash.

Margaret was born Feb. 21,1918, at Bennett Well in the high desert outside of Madras. The youngest of four children of Rosa (Reuter) and Frank Sumner, Margaret attended a one room school with her brothers Russell and Carl and her sister Erma until they moved to Madras when she was in the third grade.

She loved playing basketball at Madras High, and traveling for away games fostered a life-long love of travel. After graduation, Margaret worked as a beautician in Bend and met the love of her life, Ralph, on a blind date. While dating, she learned the life skills of fishing, running a boat, and skiing. Ralph enlisted in the Navy at the beginning of World War II and served as an officer on a ship patrolling the Atlantic and Mediterranean, while being stationed in Boston and New York.   

Margaret took the three day trip on a train to Boston to meet Ralph and then, while in New York, worked as a hair dresser for the renown Helena Rubinstein. Margaret and Ralph were married on June 15, 1943, in Hanover, N.H., and moved to Portland, after the war to start a family.  

They had two sons, Ed (Jane) and Kent (Sue). Ralph's career with Equitable Life took them to Lubbock, Texas, and then to Seattle, where they provided loving homes for their sons. Margaret loved huckleberrying, gardening, garden club, her church circle, and being the wedding planner for 20 years at Lake City Presbyterian church. She traveled throughout Europe with her sisters-in-law Virgene and Helen. Margaret and Ralph cruised the Orient, Central and South America.  

In retirement, she and Ralph split time between Seattle and Sun Valley, Idaho. In Sun Valley, Margaret enjoyed alpine and cross country skiing, playing bridge, supporting the Church of the Bigwood and made many new friends.Her grandchildren, Katie, Jeff, Kevin and Tim in Seattle and Megen and Kent in Ketchum, Idaho, were the focus of her later life. "Momo"was always up for baby sitting, driving, shopping and reading for them, sewing wonderful clothes, and being a totally biased fan of all their sports teams. Margaret loved traveling to visit or hosting her extended family and particularly enjoyed the Rufener/Sumner reunion hosted by her nieces Betty(Rufener) Fretheim and Joanne(Rufener) Keerins in Madras in 2004.Margaret  closed her family recap for the reunion, "I love each member of my family and thank God for a wonderful life." We will miss Margaret's loving kindness, but will remember her example of faith, indomitable spirit, and a life well lived. Margaret was preceded by her parents Rosa and Frank; her siblings Russell (Elna), Carl, and Erma (George); nephews Billy, George Jr. and John Rufener and Dale Sumner; her granddaughter,r Megen Grimes;  and the love of her life Ralph Grimes.   

She is survived by sons Kent (Sue), Ed (Jane); grandchildren, Katie, Jeff (Jana), Kevin (Morgan), Tim (Samantha) and Kent (Danielle); nieces, Betty (Ray) Fretheim) and Joanne (Mike) Keerins; nephews, Cal (Kathy) and Paul (Judy); sister-in-law Joyce (Bernard-Sumner) Pryce, Marvin (Vicki); Richard (Kaew) Sumner; and 21 great  nieces and nephews; 19 great-greatnieces and nephews; and 9 great-great-greatnieces and nephews. 

Burial will be at Mount Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras, Friday, at 1 p.m., Sept. 20. A celebration of life gathering of friends and family will be Sept. 21, at 1 p.m., at Ray and Betty Fretheim’s, 1977 S.E. Dussault Road, Madras. Memorial donations in her honor have been suggested to Jefferson County Historical Society, P.O. Box 647, Madras, Oregon 97741.