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Margaret Rita Chapman


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Margaret Rita Chapman Obituary
October 14, 1918 - June 28, 2017 Margaret "Marge" Chapman of Newport Beach, California, passed away peacefully in her home at the age of 98 due to complications of old age. Marge was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and her family moved to Hollywood, California, when she was a teenager. Marge graduated from Immaculate Heart High School, and began working. In 1947, she married Frederick Robinson Chapman, and in 1949, the couple moved to Newport Beach to raise their children. After her husband passed away in 1974 at the youthful age of 56, Marge was determined to pursue her love of painting and art. She began taking classes at several schools, and studied with famous artists such as Rex Brandt, Sueo Serisawa, Millard Sheets, and Milford Zornes. She attended workshops with illustrious artists throughout the United States and Europe. Marge, with other women artists, then took the giant step of opening The Sandstone Gallery in Laguna Beach, which is still a mainstay among Laguna Beach art galleries. Marge's exhibitions include the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts, and the Palm Springs Museum of Art. She last exhibited at the Grace Institute, New York City, at the age of 92. Marge stayed active until the very end. She loved bike riding and took biking trips to many places with her daughter. For her 90th birthday, she rode on a bike tour in Italy. Marge was also an avid tennis player, and a photo of her playing tennis when she was 96 was used by the City of Newport Beach for their Winter 2014 recreational brochure! Marge is survived by her daughter Cynthia Chapman (Neil Selman) and her son Mark Chapman, grandchildren Aimee and Forrest Chapman (Karen Chapman) and David and Julia Selman, and seven great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held for family members and close friends.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 7 to July 8, 2017
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