Margaret McCombs, 77, died unexpectedly Oct. 6, 2012, at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after a brief illness.
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Margaret was born Margaret McVay on July 24, 1935, in Morristown, N.J.
She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in sociology. She spent her early adult years in Peoria, Ill., where she worked at Peoria State Hospital.
Margaret and her family drove the Alaska Highway in 1968, arriving in Fairbanks on her birthday. After a winter of cabin fever, she decided to pursue a teaching certificate and taught third grade at Nordale Elementary. After leaving teaching, Margaret became involved in the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was passionate about performing barbershop music through her participation in the Farthest North Chapter of Sweet Adelines.
In the early 1980s Margaret obtained her real estate license with Coldwell Banker and ultimately was a broker of her own real estate agency. After retiring, she became involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations including LOVE Inc, Pioneers of Alaska, Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, Daughters of the American Revolution, Alaska Republican Women's Association and various activities at Fairbanks First Presbyterian Church where she was an active member for 44 years.
Friends and family describe her as "great and lovely, thoughtful and giving"
She is survived by her beloved husband, Bryan Borjesson; daughters, Katheryn (Clifford) Crabtree of Fulshear, Texas, Mary (Kenneth) Pate of Kalamazoo, Mich.; stepdaughter, Dawn (Glen Ramsey) Borjesson of Juneau; stepson, Thor Borjesson of Camas, Wash.; granddaughter, Katy Doetsch; grandsons, Aaron Crabtree and Matthew Pate; step-grandsons, Christopher Pate and William Pate.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Fairbanks First Presbyterian Church, 547 Seventh Avenue.
Fairbanks First Presbyterian church was important in Margaret's life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.
Arrangements are entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Oct. 9, 2012