A long-time resident of the Sacramento area, Margot died Thursday the 22nd of March, 2012, at the Mercy San Juan Medical Center. Born in 1942 in Oakland, California, Margot attended both Loretto Heights College in Denver, Colorado and Holy Names College in Oakland, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Sociology in 1963 from Holy Names College.

Margot began her career by spending 15 years helping people in need while she was working for the City of Oakland as a community organizer and relocation advisor. In 1981, she moved to Sacramento, working for the California State Legislature as part of the Tour Guide Program at the California State Capitol. During that time, she worked with other staff members to create, produce and perform a children's puppet show describing the history of the State of California; that show was used for many years and seen by thousands of people. In 1991, she changed careers and worked for the California State Board of Equalization as a business tax representative, where she remained until her retirement in 2002.

Always a person who enjoyed giving to those in need, Margot has performed volunteer work in a number of ways throughout her life. She worked as an emergency loan officer in the City of Oakland after the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989. Since 2003, she has enjoyed weekly volunteer work with the Sacramento Food Bank, working as part of their Clothes Closet program to give clothing to people in need. Margot also loved searching for and finding good food, traveling to new places, visiting with her family, shopping at both Corti Brothers and Taylor's markets, and playing with her grandson.

She is survived by her son Drew Merz and his wife Kathleen Merz, their son Connor Merz, her son Geoff Ward and his wife Cynthia Feliciano, her sister Kathy Brady and Kathy's husband Tom Brady, as well as their children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her father Bernard Abrott and her mother Margaret 'Maudie' Abrott.

Family and friends are invited to the visitation on Tuesday 3/27 from 5-8PM with Vigil service and recitation of the rosary at 7PM at HARRY A. NAUMAN & SON LAND PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 4041 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:30PM on Wednesday 3/28 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 3263 1st Ave., Sacramento.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be given to the Sacramento Food Bank, at Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services, 3333 Third Ave., Sacramento, CA 95817. They are also several other ways to donate online listed on their web site at
Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Home

Harry A. Nauman & Son
4041 Freeport Blvd Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 452-6157

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Mar. 25, 2012