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Dorothy McCargar

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Dorothy Joan McCargar

April 12, 1923 - September 9, 2013

On Monday, the 9th of September, about 2.15 pm, after a long and adventuresome life, Joan slipped silently and peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior. She lived her life in accordance with the teachings of the Bible text Romans chapter 12, verses 9 to 22 and inspired others to do likewise. On her 90th birthday in 2013, the whole family gathered together to celebrate with her nine decades of a joyful and amazing life.

Joan was born in Gloucester, England to William John Guy Abbott and Elsie (nee Howard). She had a younger brother, Geoffrey, who sadly predeceased her in 1967. She was educated at Abbots Bromley School and at college where she obtained her teaching qualification. She was working as a primary school teacher in 1943 when she met Ron, her husband to be. He was on war service as a navigator with a bomber squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force stationed in England. They were married at Newnham-on-Severn on May 17, 1945.

After the War, Joan and Ron farmed in northern Ontario for 4 years and lived subsequently in Toronto before moving in 1957 with their two daughters, Kathy and Sherrie, and their son, Lindsay, to West Covina, CA. From there, the family moved to San Luis Obispo, CA, where Joan worked as a book-keeper for a large property management business. They moved once again to Independence, OR, where the family ran a farm for 26 years. In 1998, Ron and Joan relocated to Keizer where they lived for the remainder of Joan's life. Their three children live nearby in Salem. During her long lifetime, Joan's family expanded to embrace 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Joan was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church, Salem for 41 years, serving on various committees overseeing building and property operations. She was a member of the church choir, a keen gardener, and an avid reader. She loved teaching children, and was always looking for ways to to help others. Joan will be deeply missed by her husband, Ron, her children, Kathy (Ken), Sherrie (Lance), Lindsay (Cindy) and all the members of her extensive family. A service to celebrate her life will take place at Calvary Baptist Church on Saturday, September 28 at 11.00 am. Instead of flowers, donations, if desired, are requested to Calvary Baptist Church for the support of its missionary work or to .

Further details of Joan's full and remarkable life may be found online at

Published in StatesmanJournal on Sept. 19, 2013
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