Margaret McCarthy ORDWAY

Passed away peacefully at her home in Hobe Sound, Florida on January 23rd. Born in Minneapolis 86 years ago, daughter of Edwin J. and Hazel Strand McCarthy, she attended Northrup School and graduated from Finch College (New York) in 1947. It was at Finch that she reconnected with J.G. "Smokey" Ordway, whom she had known as a child and who had then recently returned from the Naval Air Corps in the Pacific following the end of WWII. They were married in June of 1947, settling first in Saint Paul and, eventually, in White Bear Lake where they raised their three children. Marge was involved in many civic organizations, serving on the boards of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Guthrie Theater and the MN Landscape Arboretum; but it was her love of flowers and flower arranging that most intrigued her and allowed her to demonstrate her artistic talents. She was passionately involved with the Garden Club of America (GCA) throughout most of her life. She joined the Saint Paul Garden Club in 1954 at the age of 28, served as president (1973-75), was made an honorary member in 2002 and was the longest serving member at the time of her death. She was also an active member of the Jupiter Island Garden Club in Florida. Known for her many ribbons and awards, at the time of her death she was a GCA Floral Design Judge Emeritus. To many of her friends Marge will be remembered for her love of bright colors, her sense of elegance, her natural talents with design, as well as her passion for entertaining. Others might also remember that, in her day, she had a pretty decent handicap, could cast a darn good fly and was a respectable shot with her 20 gauge. Most important to her, however, was her devoted and caring Smokey, who died last May in the 65th year of their marriage. They often spoke of how fortunate they were to have had such wonderful friends from around the country. Marge is survived by her three children; son John Ordway (Marla) of Mahtomedi, MN, their sons Erik and Dan; daughter Strand Quesada (Ric) of South Freeport, ME, their children Charlotte (Brad) Krugh, Emily (Drew Hess) and Anthony; and son Phil Ordway (Cassy) of Long Lake, MN, their three sons Jack, George and Henry; and two great- grandchildren, Julia and Eliza Krugh. A memorial service in Florida is pending and a celebration in MN will be planned for some time in the summer.

Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 25, 2013