Margaret Tate Anderson

March 21, 1928April 29, 2019

Margaret Louise (Tate) Anderson was born to Roy M. and Genevieve Howell Tate on March 21, 1928, in McMinnville, Oregon. She passed away on April 29, 2019 of natural causes after a 2½ year battle with cancer. Margaret was the youngest of four children in the Tate family.

She grew up in the Mt. Tabor area of Portland, attended Glencoe Elementary School, Franklin High School, and received her Bachelor’s Degree from Oregon State College (now University). Margaret was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, as were her two sisters, Josephine and Jane (Betty). She was a member and leader of many service clubs and organizations throughout her school years.

Margaret’s teaching career began in 1949 at Fortuna Union High School in Fortuna, CA. She later taught at San Rafael H.S. and was the first Dean of Girls at the new Terra Linda H.S., both in San Rafael, CA. At San Rafael H.S. she created a comprehensive physical education program that one of her students then turned into a nationally recognized system that was later profiled by national media. After returning to Oregon she was principal of Concord Junior H.S., Concord Elementary School and Campbell Elementary School until retiring in 1987. At Concord she was one of the first women junior high school principals in Oregon. In her jobs as principal she pioneered student behavioral training that focused on the concept of respect and equity. She said that her goal was to change the perception of the principal’s office from a place of punishment to a safe place that was built on respect and care. Margaret received many honors and accolades during her teaching career and beyond. After retiring she continued to be a dedicated educator in every respect for the rest of her life. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional honor society of key women educators. She established an endowment fund for the enhancement of student teaching at Oregon State University.

Margaret was an athlete throughout her life. In elementary school she played all sports with the boys and was even captain of the boys’ softball team one year. She recalled that her teachers would say “the girls will do ‘xyz’ and Margaret and the boys will do ‘abc’.” Her career began as a PE teacher. She especially enjoyed swimming, tennis and golf. Throughout her life she was happy to teach others how to enjoy various sports. After retiring she began playing USTA National Tennis Tournaments and joined the National Senior Women’s Tennis Association. She was the NSWTA president for 2001–2003. She played in tournaments around the country, sometimes internationally, and helped organize and host tournaments in the local area. Margaret liked to tell the story of approaching tennis-great Billy Jean King at a tournament once. As soon as she introduced herself Ms. King said “Oh I know who you are. You don’t need to introduce yourself.” Margaret played tennis into her 89th year.

Margaret attended Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church growing up – a church that her grandparents joined in 1906. In her retired years, Margaret became an active leader in the church and was a valued member of the Session as her father and grandfather had been. She was very active in Camp Fire Girls and spent many joyous summers at Camp Namanu as both a camper and a counselor. Her school, church and camp experiences helped shape the generous and wonderful person that she was. Those memories stuck with her throughout her life and she often shared them whenever she thought they would help someone else. Always willing to help, she was honored in her 80s when one of the parishioners at her church asked her to tutor him in English so that he could make better use of the language. She once said “What is life for if it’s not to make things easier for others."

Margaret is predeceased by her sisters Josephine and Betty, brother Robert and nephew Art Brown, as well as her first husband Bill Rattray, second husband Earl Anderson, stepdaughter Kay Anderson Hubbard and her very dear friend Jack Lindeman.

She is survived by nine nieces and nephews – Tim (Debra) Brown, Russ Brown, Ken (Geneal) Brown, David Utzinger, Don (Kathe Tillman) Utzinger, Jane Utzinger, Sue Tate Bentley, Terry Tate (Tad) Patterson and Pam Tate (Scott) Saunders. She is also survived by cousins Barbara Tate (Bob) Cain and Beverly Nielson Rice, as well as numerous grand and great nieces and nephews, three step grandchildren and god-granddaughter Lydia Wunn.

A celebration of her life will be held in Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 17th beginning at 1pm followed by a reception.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers contributions be sent to one (or all) of the following:

Earl Nicholas and Margaret Tate Anderson Fund Endowment || 4238 SW Research Way || Corvallis, OR 97333

Camp Fire Columbia || 1411 SW Morrison St. #300 || Portland, OR 97205

Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Foundation || 5441 SE Belmont St. || Portland, OR 97215.


  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Reception Friday, May 17, 2019


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Carol Wagner

May 12, 2019

Our dear Margie is gone :-( Your beautiful baskets are ready to hang and Kurt was just getting ready to call you. Now I know why you've been on mind the last couple months. Mommy, Mary Jane "Perky" Wagner, is jumping with joy to have you sitting around the evening campfire with her again. So many incredible, wonderful memories that you girls made together. Your loving support and encouragement through all my years of growing up, clear into adulthood, will remain forever in my heart Margie. Sing around the campfire, go skinny dipping in the lake, play many games of tennis and enjoy the beautiful flowers with Mommy. The Wagner family loves and misses an amazing Tri Delta sister and friend.

Much love to Margie's family and all who took care of this very special gal.

Carol, Kurt, Eric and Karl Wagner with Mommy and Daddy

Tim Brown

May 10, 2019

For Dear Aunt Margaret,
You showed us how to play and play hard.
You showed us how to fight hard, too, and how to give everything without giving an inch.
You showed us how to live and you showed us how to die.
Your heart beats on and on with every breath we take.
Thank You Margaret. Well Done!

Markers blazed in the wilderness
illuminate the ways before us.
Pioneers and the age-old song
lead us yet—when they are gone.

Dave Edwards

May 8, 2019

Margaret has taken lessons from me for 30 years or I should say she has given me lessons for 30 years! She was a fellow left hander and she would always give me a card on national left handers day. During our lessons she would take notes in detail and we would go over them each week. She was always working on her game to go to the next level even in her 80's! She has taught me many Margaretisms over the years that I still use to this day, syro (stick your racquet out), go to the ball Cinderella! We should all be so lucky to have her attitude towards tennis and life. I will miss her both on and off the court.

Susan Stratton

May 4, 2019

Margaret was a great tennis teammate, always playing with crafty, smart, deadly shots. We often played on Monday nights with a big group at Westhills, followed by an outing to a local watering hole. Margaret shared great stories, advice, adventures and her warm heart and sense of humor. When Chemo took her off the court and ruined her taste buds, among other things, she continued to meet the group after tennis every Monday night. Given that her favorite red wine no longer tasted good, she always ordered cranberry juice and asked the wait staff to put it in a wine glass so she would blend in with the rest of us who were having wine. After a while the staff knew what to bring each Monday. She also welcomed us into her home on Lake Owego for some of the Monday nights to enjoy her Shangri-La.

I will miss this great friend and inspiration. I hope to be as active and social and happy as she was, despite her setbacks. This picture was taken on one of our Monday outings, before Margaret started Chemotherapy.

Sending love, hugs, and cheers to Margaret and life well lived.

Danice Brown

May 4, 2019

Margaret Anderson was my friend and mentor..." on and off the tennis court". And, Margaret was always ready to listen and willing to dole out her sage advice "on and off the tennis court". She prided herself in her knowledge of the game of tennis, as well as her ability to spot a "good tennis player" when she saw one. We served together on the Greater Portland Tennis Council and worked with other board members (past and present) to help raise the money to build the tennis stadium at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center. During my years as General Manager of West Hills Racquet & Fitness Club, I had the privilege of working with Margaret and the Oregon Senior Women's Association to host a number of the National Senior Women's Tennis Association Tournaments at the club. Our favorite theme was based on the "Red Hat Society". Our West Hills members spent hours creating wonderful "red hat creations" to hang above the tables...and Margaret and the Senior Women's Committee loved and appreciate our decorative efforts, as well as the culinary delights prepared by our club members. Margaret was our "Grand Dame" of Senior Women's Tennis and never stopped encouraging all women to "get in the game". And, on the tennis court, she was a "crafty and skilled player". She prided herself in her work the National Senior Women's Association, and I believe she was elected to serve as their chairperson. She loved to travel to play in tennis tournaments in the United States and abroad. I will miss my very dear friend.

Lisa Gangelhoff

May 4, 2019

I had the honor of playing doubles with Margaret during ladies night a couple of times. I was always taken aback by her grace, calmness and pure appreciation of not only the game, but the people around her. I admired her demeanor and was truly in awe of her beauty and wisdom. I pray for peace and comfort for her family and for her everlasting peace. God's grace to you.

Mary Lou Kelner

May 1, 2019

My deepest sympathies to Margaret’s nieces and nephews and all her friends and family. My Mother was Margaret’s head secretary at Concord from beginning in 1972 until 1980 or so. I am also a former Physical Education teacher, beginning my teaching career in 1977, only lasting until 1987, when I became fully disabled. Margaret let me shadow the PE teacher as I finished up my degree. She remained very close to my Mom, until she passed away in 2002. After that, she wanted to help me some way and made my housecleaning possible, even calling me from ICU, 2x to tell me she would be late with the check. My Mom, Mary Duncan and Margaret, kept in touch until my Mom’s death with holiday and birthday lunches.

The biggest challenge in being Margaret’s head secretary was making sure she left her office with enough time to be in time for her many meetings. My Mom and Margaret both graduated from Franklin High School, moved to CA and worked in schools, moved back to Portland and ended up at Concord together. Ron cut Margaret’s hair, did my Mom’s hair and still cuts my hair. So much in common.

I feel very fortunate to have been able to visit her in Rehab. She looked great and though on O2, talked away, like Margaret enjoyed doing. I was able to take her her , previously frozen, little tiered birthday cake, when I visited as I was headed to her house on 3/21, but she called me from ICU, a couple days before that. I fondly remember Margaret piloting the boat and taking us on trips around Lake Oswego.

I had called the rehab, yesterday, to find out if she was still there or had been discharged, hoping to visit her again, hoping it would be at home. Through a bit of detective work, I found out the shocking news of her death on Monday.
Sending prayers, comforting thoughts and wishes that heartbreaking grief is replaced by fond memories of great times with Margaret, in time. Margaret is probably joyous to be free of earthly maladies so she and Earl can play tennis!