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Margaret Ahlstrom age 102; born April 26, 1920 in Dewey, Oklahoma; Died October 13, 2022 in Redding, California.

Margaret was the first and only daughter of Laurence and Pearl Long who, with her brother Broughton, emigrated from Oklahoma to California in 1925. Margaret started school in Susanville, but soon the family moved to Oroville where her parents established a successful olive oil mill. Margaret attended Oroville schools and graduated from Oroville High School in 1937.

Margaret enrolled at UC Berkeley in 1937 and graduated in 1941. After graduation, she took a high school teaching position in McCloud where she met and married Layton Ahlstrom in 1944, her husband of 49 years. She taught in McCloud from 1942 through 1945 and then resumed teaching in 1952 through 1978, when she retired.

After retirement, Margaret and Layton enjoyed traveling, and spending their winters in Arizona and summers in McCloud until Layton died in 1993. Margaret continued to enjoy her seasonal rotations in McCloud and Arizona until 2007, when she relocated to the Sundial Assisted Living facility in Redding.

Margaret loved McCloud. She was active in Eastern Star, enjoyed working at the McCloud Heritage Museum in her later years, was always up for a game of bridge, and, in a quiet moment, could be found working on Sudoku and crossword puzzles.

Margaret is survived by her son Lee and his wife Marty of Odenton, Maryland, Granddaughter Christine Fordstrom and her husband Preston of San Francisco, Granddaughter Caroline Ahlstrom of San Diego, and Great-Granddaughter Ananda Fordstrom of San Francisco.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date to be announced.

Those who wish to remember Margaret in a special way may make a gift to the McCloud Heritage Junction Museum, PO Box 604, 320 Main Street, McCloud, CA 96057.

Posted online on October 28, 2022

Published in Mount Shasta Herald