Mary Margueritte Ball Graham 1916-2017

Margueritte was born in Riddle, OR December 19, 1916 to Elbert Roscoe Ball and Lillian C. Moore Ball.  She was teh 2nd of 4 children.  Her great grandparents had come out by wagon train from Troy, New York and Ohio in the 1850's, settled in Mt. Scott (Glide) and then got a homestead in Canyonville in 1872.  They were farmers, ranchers and road builders.  The helped build the road between Canyonville and Riddle with hand tools and reams of Horses.  Margueritte grew up helping on the farm planting and harvesting crops, including prunes from their orchard.  Her norther's family had come out by wagon train from Kentucky and settled in the Kellogg, Oakland area, logging and floating the logs down the river to Elkton.  They were very entrepreneurial.  Later, her mother moved south, meeting Elbert and moving to Riddle.  After graduation, Margueritte moved to Eugene to go to Eugene Business College to get her degree in Executive Secretary, financed by the profits she made from the broccoli crop.  Margueritte was Salutatorian of the Riddle High School class of 1934.  She was handed her diploma by her father Elbert who was the chairman of the Riddle School Board.  She was active in the Riddle Baptist church all of her growing up and was baptized in Cow Creek.  After Business College she worked for an accountant and an insurance adjuster, and eventually for real estate and insurance firms.  She met and married Clarence Nelson in 1936.  They owned and operated a Real Estate and Insurance business.  They developed 20 acres of land and planted cannery beans.  The developed other property for sales as home lots.  Marguritte and her husband had done book work for loggers who wanted to retire but then decided they wanted to start a logging operation in Ukiah, CA.  She committed to go for two years and had a wonderful experience learning the ins and outs of the logging business.  During their marriage they did a lot of fishing on the Willamette, McKenzie and the many streams aroun the area which brought her great joy.  The marriage ended after 10 years.  Marguritte moved back to Riddle and lived with her parents.  She got a job in a Riddle Manufacturing plant for a short time and then moved back to Eugene.  She bought out a partner in a real estate firm.  Not long after, her partner drowned and she became sole owner.  She was an insurance agent also, and had a number of agents working for her.  During this time she met Ray Graham, who was a baker and new in town.  They began a courtship and were married in 1950.  Out of that union were born Sharon Ray Graham Wikstrom and Raymond B. Graham.  Ray and Marguritte worked and built a new home on J street in Springfield.  Ray worked as a baker in Springfield and Margueritte went to work for a timber company.  The marriage with Ray ended in 1954  and she moved back to Roseburg with her two young children, with the help of her parents.  She had heard though her sister in law the Kenneth Ford was looking for a private secretary for his new mill in Dillard and had sent the mill a letter.  Kenneth drove to Springfield, interviewed her in her home and hired her on the spot.  She worked for him for about 5 years.  She was later a legal secretary for Long, Neuner and Dole.  She then was and insurance secretery for Bailey and Debernardi, then for Craig Short and then started her own insurance business in the 1960;s and continued that for the rest of her career, along with being a real estated broker.  Marguritte learned volunteering from her parents.  She immersed herself in many causes, some to get swimming lessons for her children, and other activities for them,. but mostly because of her sense of commitment to the people of her community.  How she found the time we don't know, but these are some of the organization s that benefited from her help: The Salvation Army (Life Member and recipient of The Others Award), Red Cross, United Way, Altrusa (Charter Member), Camp Fire Girls, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, 4H leader, Roseburg Transportation Commission (One of the founders of the Bus System, receiving an award for her volunteerism) American Business Women's Association and was Roseburg's Female First Citizen in 1965.  She received many awards as an independent insurance agent.  She was a long time member of the 1st Baptist Church in Roseburg, active on many boards at the church and taught Sunday School.  She volunteered though Mercy Hospital and was a "Pink Lady" taking blood pressure for many years.  She was involved with Dress a Child for the Salvation Army, having helped start the program.  She had a group of ladies that met for over 40 years in a weekly bible study.  She was on of the last surviving members of this group.  Margueritte will be sorely missed.  She never stopped encouraging those around her and was for the down and outer's of our society.  She was preceded in death by her parents Ebert and Lillian Ball Carpenter, siblings Delbert Ball, Roscoe Ball and his wife Lois, Betty Ball Carpenter, and her husband Gene.  She is survived by her daughter Sharon Wikstrom (Jeff), son Ray Graham, grandchildren Sara Howren (Blake), Jeff Wikstrom (Cheryl) and great grand children Sam Wikstrom, Will Howren, Fiona Wikstrom, Lily Howren, Wynn Wikstrom, Sophie Howren and numerous nephews and nieces.  Great thanks to special people in Marguritte's life; Tim and sherry Bathrick, Barb Bathrick Yee, Lorraine and Greg Wadsworth, Fred and Joanne Hoffsteter and many special friens who have gone on before her.  We are thankful for Rick Byrd, who was a great friend and did Margueritte's hair for over 40 years.  No words to describe the gratitude for the wonderful care from Diane Still and Rol LaRosa over the past 6 1/2 years.  Donations in her memory can be made to The Salvation Army Roseburg Corps.  Services to be conducted by Mountain View Memorial Chapel with viewing on May 4, 2017 from 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM.  Graveside service at 2PM, Canyonvill masonic cemetery.