Margaret L. Stassforth

October 13, 1925 - April 4, 2014 Margaret Lacy Stassforth quietly passed away on the morning of April 4, 2014 with her children at her side. ¿She was born 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 1943, she attended Stanford University.¿Like many of her generation, the war interrupted her education. 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 returned to college 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. She went on to UCLA where she earned a degree in Geography. ¿While studying the effect of prescribed burns on chaparral, she earned her master's degree. 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 on May 17.¿ In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from May 1 to May 4, 2014