Margaret Archer, formerly of Palo Alto, Calif., died on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Fairfield, Calif.
A viewing will be held Wednesday, April 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Nadeau Family Funeral Home, Vacaville, Calif. Mass and burial will be Thursday, April 14, at noon in the All Saints Chapel at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Los Altos, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Col. Thomas Archer; parents, Elsie and Forrest Shuler; and sisters, Marjorie Gore and Marie Shuler.
She is survived by her son, Thomas (Mary) Archer of Springfield, Va.; her daughter, Patricia (Michael) Westley of Madera, Calif.; grandsons, Brian of Springfield, Va., Michael of San Jose, Calif., Matthew of DeRidder, La., Jeff of Seattle, Wash., and Mark (Viki) and great-granddaughters Verissa, Linnea and Melanie of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and her niece, Janet (Robert) Miller of Vacaville, Calif., and their sons, Rob of Livermore, Calif. and Chris of San Diego, Calif.
Margaret was born in July 1917 in Wymore, Neb. She was born at 9:05 p.m., followed by the arrival of her twin sister, Marjorie, at 9:15 p.m.
She was a stenographer for a lawyer in Wymore and for the courthouses in Beatrice and in Lincoln, Neb. She met Tom while working at the courthouse in Beatrice and they were married Nov. 15, 1941. They moved to Big Spring, Texas, where Tom was provost marshal and was responsible for the security for the air base (included bombardier school - the Norden bombsight). Margaret worked as a secretary for the base wing commander and was required to wear a uniform even though she was not a member of the military. After their son was born in January 1945, she returned to Wymore, Neb., awaiting Tom's deployment in August 1945 from Fort Mason, Calif., to the Philippines.
In March 1946, the family moved to San Francisco and Tom worked for the Phoenix Insurance Co. In August 1950, Palo Alto, Calif., became home and in May 1951 their daughter was born. Margaret worked for the Law Revision Commission at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. She assisted Tom when he opened his own insurance brokerage office in Mountain View, Calif. In November 1998, she and her husband retired to Paradise Valley Estates in Fairfield, Calif., becoming Founders Club Members.
She played the cello and she loved drawing, crafts, sewing, trying new recipes and using new kitchen gadgets. Margaret and Tom traveled across the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, and also visited the Canadian Maritimes, New Zealand, Ireland, Russia, Germany and did the PVE 2002 Panama Canal tour.
Margaret survived breast cancer and open-heart surgery. She was a survivor and caregiver who loved her Catholic faith, family and neighbors and will be remembered for facing whatever came her way with a smile.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Nadeau Family Funeral Home, 455-7700. Visit our guest book at www.NadeauFuneralHome.com.