Margaret Irene Shultz passed away peacefully after a full and happy life Dec. 24, 2012, in Grass Valley, Calif.
Her life will be celebrated in accordance with her wishes by her family, and at her request, there will be no services.
Margaret was born May 8, 1928, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, following her family’s immigration from Great Britain. She was the third child and only daughter of Harold and Margaret Godden. Her family moved to Flushing, N.Y., when she was 3, and she and her mother moved to California following her father’s death when she was 12 years old. She graduated from North Hollywood High School in 1946 and was a student the rest of her life. She married the love of her life, Edward R. Shultz, June 15, 1947. Margaret was naturalized as a United States citizen June 8, 1951, a very proud day in her life.
Margaret was a devoted wife and mother of three daughters and one son. She was very active in her children’s lives and served as a strong female role model to her daughters as they were growing up during the 1960s and 70s. She was an avid democrat and a true advocate of the democratic process, a Girl Scout leader for more than a decade, a foster care mother, a motorcycle enthusiast and a member of the Los Robles Hospital Auxiliary. She was an excellent chef and many family memories revolve around her cooking and favorite recipes.
She loved taking road trips with her husband from California to Nevada and Montana to visit her children and grandchildren, who were the light of her life. After having been a 46-year resident of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Margaret had moved to Nevada City, Calif., to be closer to her family. She was fiercely independent up until the time of her death, and she will always be remembered for her sense of humor and her strong British personality.
Margaret is survived by and will be terribly missed by her four children, daughters Leslie (Scott) Brush of Miles City, Mont., Joan (Tom) Brooks of Lovelock, Nev., and Laura (Buckley) Armacher of Grass Valley and son Andy Shultz of Walnut Creek, Calif., as well as 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to date.
She is preceded in death by her adored husband of 41 years, Edward Robert Shultz (1988), her brothers, Harold and Ronald Godden, and her parents, Margaret and Harold Godden. The family would like to thank Judy and Joe Linhares, Laurie Elizalve and the Banner Crest staff for their devoted care.
As an animal lover and lifelong animal rescuer, the family requests donations be made to your local animal shelter in Margaret’s honor.