Margaret N. Wild (1924 - 2015)

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Margaret N. Boone Wild passed away peacefully on November 29, 2015 in her own home, with family and her beloved dog Colby with her as she had wanted.
Born in Olympia, Washington, on April 22, 1924, she and her family made Alaska their home since 1960, and lived on Atlin Drive since 1965. The family home was Margaret to a T: every square inch outdoors lovingly gardened with flowers, vegetables and trees; paths made of sand and shells; and enough rocks it's a wonder the ground didn't sink. She could recall where and when she obtained each plant (look the other way, Customs!). She believed wholeheartedly in the restorative powers of vitamin dirt.
Hands down, Margaret was one of the fastest berry pickers in the world. She had a lot of practice throughout her life, and even when it became difficult to crawl around on the often frosty ground, she looked forward to the annual fall road trip to pick cranberries in the Yukon. She delighted in making jam and on several occasions made a dozen berry pies for the Glory Hole during the holidays.
Her personality and creativity were evident everywhere inside the house as well: cross-stitched lighthouses, embroidered tablecloths and pillowcases, handmade quilts, collages of rocks, shells and wood, and hand-hooked rugs. The solarium was always full of plants, including at least a dozen orchids, overwintering geraniums and clematis, and a tomato forest in the summer.
She made quilts for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and at the time of her passing was working on one for a great grandchild (in addition to two embroidery projects).
Baking cookies with the grandchildren at Christmas was an annual tradition. As they grew Margaret would sew each one a new apron. Her famous Margie's Rolls won a Pillsbury baking contest in Anchorage, where she appeared on local television. She taught her grandchildren how to make the rolls and cinnamon rolls, and how to make pies. She made special dog cookies for Colby, and not a day went by that he didn't have a smallish scoop of ice cream for dessert.
Margaret and her late husband Warren were members of a gourmet club for many years, whose members remained long-time close friends. Thursday lunch with the ladies at the Udder Culture was a cherished event and the highlight of the week.
She loved watching Mariners games on television, castigating them for not winning more often and cheering on her favorites. She and Warren several times attended spring training games in Arizona. After his passing, she and her daughter went to spring training, but managed to also visit rock shops and botanical gardens.
Margaret had a lifelong love of dancing. She and her high school friend Jackie were quite the dancers in their time, she and Warren were enthusiastic square dancers, and she still loved watching polka party on Saturday nights. Many knew Margaret as a member of Sweet Adelines and as a long-term bowler in local leagues. An avid reader, Margaret greatly enjoyed volunteering with Friends of the Library bookstore.
In retirement, she and Warren built a cabin on Chilkat Lake outside of Haines, providing many cherished memories for family and friends. Later they enjoyed a winter home in Borrego Springs, California where she delighted in hiking and admiring wildflowers.
For the past several years JoAnne mailed her mother a box of hand-selected treats each month as a year-long Christmas present, along with recipes and newspaper clippings on gardening; these will be sorely missed by the rest of the siblings. Margaret was easy to "shop" for on her birthday or Christmas: a bag of mussel, oyster or scallop shells; a couple of buckets of black sand or seaweed; an extra special rock; a certificate for summer annuals at the plant store all brought great pleasure.
Margaret was devoted to her family, and they to her. Her husband Warren, whom she had known since first grade, preceded her in death in 2010. She is survived by her children Robert (Gretchen Keiser) of Juneau, Linda of Juneau, James (Mary Jo Lord-Wild) of Elfin Cove, and Jo Anne (Ruth Wild) of Kent, Washington, close family friend Rosemarie Alexander (Richard Isett) of Juneau, 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her four sisters and one brother.
She lives on through the many plants she has shared with others, as well as her favorite expressions which quite by accident pop out of the mouths of her children. Many family members have inherited the rock and green thumb genes.
Please join the family for a Celebration of Life for Margaret on Saturday, April 23 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the family home at 9030 Atlin Drive.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 10 to May 10, 2016