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Obituary: Margaret McCartney

Margaret McCartney was raised in Ashland and returned to the city after retiring. She was active with Trinity Episcopal Church.
December 8, 2023

Jan. 20, 1940 — Dec. 4, 2023

Margaret McCartney passed away Dec. 4 at the age of 83.

She was born Margaret Anne Elizabeth Hull on Jan. 20, 1940, to George Bodenstedt Hull and Charlotte Luella Hoag. She grew up in Ashland and graduated from Ashland High School.

Margaret attended the University of Oregon for a Bachelor’s Degree in anthropology and a Master’s Degree in romance languages, and she completed work toward a doctorate in comparative literature.

While in Eugene she married Robert Morris, and they subsequently lived in San Francisco and Philadelphia. 

She taught at the Philadelphia Community College and then worked at the University of Pennsylvania, first supporting director Adrian Malone in the production of the public TV series “Cosmos,” and then in the graduate registrar’s office. She moved back to Eugene in 1989 and joined the staff of the University of Oregon shortly thereafter.

In 1999 she married Timothy C. McCartney after reuniting with him at their 40th high school reunion. They lived in Carson, California, where she worked at California State University Dominguez Hills for three years. When they retired they returned to their childhood home of Ashland.

In Philadelphia she was an active member of St. Mary’s, Hamilton Village, including serving on the Parish Life Council, the Vestry and as an active member of the Warm Line, an organization helping support parishioners with moving and meals. In Eugene she was an active member of Church of the Resurrection.

Upon returning to Southern Oregon, Margaret rejoined Trinity Episcopal Church, her childhood parish, and was actively involved in the Trinity Trekkers hiking group, SWAT (Sewing Women at Trinity) and a variety of service groups. She regularly participated in walkathons and similar events, particularly those focused on Alzheimer’s.

These facts are just one side of Maggie. She was hilariously funny and had a quiet faith that she demonstrated in her daily actions. She was feisty and stood up for what she believed. Margaret was kind but she wouldn’t put up with BS. She loved quilting and her family and giving back to her community. She loved her Phillies, later her Mariners, and her garden, especially her beautiful sunflowers. 

Margaret leaves behind a devoted husband of 24 years, Tim McCartney, her daughters Beth (Steve) Tanner and Rachel (James) Cramton, her “children by another mother” Debbie (Ray) Campbell, Kristin (Art) Pintauro and Sean (Patty) McCartney, her brothers Stephen (Barbara) and Gordon (Sharon) Hull, two nieces, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren, as well as many loving friends and relations. She was preceded in death by her parents and her son Alan Morris.

Memorial services are planned for 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. 2nd St., Ashland, OR 97520. She will be laid to rest in a private family ceremony in Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland. Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to Sewing Women at Trinity, 44 N. 2nd, Ashland, OR 97520.

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