Quietly passed away on the morning of April 4, 2014 with her children at her side. She was born October 13, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, the third child of Walter and Florence Lacy. She spent her youth with her brothers Scoop, Weym and Fred in the beauty and warmth of prewar Los Angeles. After graduating from Marlborough High School in 1942, she attended Stanford University. Like many of her generation, the war interrupted her education, and she returned home to work for a local magazine. On February 2, 1946, Margaret married Howard Paul Stassforth, Jr. with whom she raised four children: Nancy Watanabe of Healdsburg, Alan Stassforth (Sylvia) of Santa Rosa, Lee Stare (Dave) of Santa Rosa, and Paul Stassforth (Kathy) of Santa Barbara. Margaret was a wonderful mother who created a loving home. A master gardener, she frequently visited local nurseries, always on the lookout for interesting plants for her garden. Her children grown, Margaret took the opportunity to return to school, attending Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles to pursue her lifelong interest in botany. Countless trips to Yosemite, Anza Borrego, and the Santa Monica Mountains fulfilled her keen interest in identifying, cataloging and photographing native wildflowers. On any given hike, it was a sure bet she could be found crouched down over a wildflower getting the perfect photo. She went on to UCLA where she earned a degree in Geography. While studying the effect of prescribed burns on chapparal, she earned her master's degree. Margaret returned to each site of her research for many years to monitor the species' rates of return. In 2001, Margaret moved to Sonoma County, where true to form, she designed and planted a garden the rival of any historic park. She spent the last years of her life contentedly with her family by her side. Margaret was the beloved grandmother to Andrew and Jamie Watanabe, and Lacy and Alec Stassforth. Margaret's family is left with rich memories of a happy, intellectually curious, and fun loving woman. Private services will be held later. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203, USA (800) 628-6860 http://www.nature.org/membership
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Apr. 19 to Apr. 22, 2014