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Margaret Skerry Obituary

Margaret Ruth Skerry

May 28,1921 - March 9, 2020

Maggie Skerry, 98, passed away Monday, March 9th in Ashland, Oregon. She was born in Burns, Oregon to Virgil and Ruth Bolton. Maggie moved to Medford in 1924 and attended Medford schools, graduating from High School in 1939. She then attended and graduated from Southern Oregon College with a teaching credential in 1942, and graduated with a Degree in Education from University of Oregon in 1945, where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She taught for one year in Ashland, at what used to be Washington School. Then she taught in Medford at Lincoln School, before becoming the Assistant Dean of Women and the Director of Dormitories at Southern Oregon College.

In 1949, she married Harry A Skerry, and were married 60 years before his passing in 2009. They both loved Ashland and were active in many service organizations throughout their lives. They enjoyed family, traveling and dancing!

Maggie was a member of Chapter BN P.E.O since 1950. A member of Ashland Study Club for over 50 years, helped with the Red Cross Blood Mobile for 25 years, and was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church. She was a past member of the Republican Women and was its first President. Maggie was on the regional Advisory Board at SOU from 1973-2000. She was a former Past President of AAUW in 1953, and AAUW Woman of the Year in 1962. In 1964, she was Zanta's Woman of the Year. Maggie was one of the founding women of the Auxiliary at Ashland Community Hospital. She was also a past President of ACH Board, and past Secretary of ACH Foundation. In 1992, she received the Distinguished Service Award from Ashland Community Hospital.

Maggie joined the Tudor Guild at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 1950, and was a member for over 50 years. She was there from the beginning, and helped get it started. She volunteered for years, before becoming an actual paid employee, and gave many teenagers their first job selling Programs, Pecan Tarts, and boxes of candy. In the early days, Tudor Guild had a counter at the back of the Elizabethan Theatre from which they sold souvenirs.

Maggie is survived by her daughters, Cindy Dunn (Steve) of Sherwood Oregon, and Meg Wright (Kyle) of Ashland Oregon. Grandsons, Zachary Dunn (Jessica), Jacob Dunn, Ben Wright (Kelsy) and Jordan Wright. Great Granddaughter Genevieve Dunn, and Great Grandsons, Henry and Charlie Dunn.

Maggie's family would like to give a Big Thank You to Ashwood Senior Home, and the wonderful care they gave our mom. They always treated her with kindness and love! We Thank You so much.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Tudor Guild, at 15 S. Pioneer St. Ashland Oregon.

A public funeral service will not be held due to the current health crisis.





For more information, contact: Jeanne Stallman, Executive Director, Outreach and Engagement, dce@sou.edu.


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