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Margaret Woosley: Loving wife and sister

Margaret Woosley died on May 30, 2015. She was 96.

Mrs. Woosley was born in Los Angeles on July 21, 1918 to Vera and Jonas Frownfelter and spent her early years in Upland. After her family moved to Alhambra, she graduated from Alhambra High School.

In 1978, she married Dean Woosley, a former high school classmate and longtime friend. They enjoyed spending time around the pool and traveling to visit Margaret’s sister Mary in northern California.

Mrs. Woosley did some bookkeeping for May Company and the Lerner’s dress company. Much of her time, however, was spent caring for others. She cared for her husband after he became ill. Margaret lived with her mother her entire life, even after marrying Mr. Woosley. After Dean died in 1986, she continued to care for her mother until her death at age 98. After her mom died, Mrs. Woosley’s oldest sister Vera came to live with her and she cared for her until she died in her late 80s.

While she had no children of her own, Mrs. Woosley was the go-to babysitter for her nephews and nieces. Over the years, she took great pleasure in the company of Dean’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Woosley was a fine cook, renowned for her lemon cake. She loved word puzzles, movies and TV, and got a kick out of watching the weekly exploits of Chuck Norris in “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Every Sunday, she spoke on the phone with her older sister Mary, who is 98, and she visited with her other sister, 89-year-old Thelma, as often as possible. 

Six years ago, Mrs. Woosley moved to the Pilgrim Place Health Services Center. She enjoyed making friends there and taking part in the many activities offered to residents.

“She would look out for her friends’ wellbeing. It was just her nature to be friendly and outgoing and help people,” her stepson Don said.

Mrs. Woosley and two fellow Pilgrim Place residents, Janis Weinberger and Lois Keating, had a standing weekly dinner date for the past two-and-a-half years. Janis’ son, COURIER publisher Peter Weinberger, would join “the girls,” bringing In & Out and pizza from Pizza ‘n Such on an alternating basis. Mrs. Woosley was sharp as a tack right up until the end of her life, according to family.

“She was easygoing, had a good sense of humor and loved being with family,” her stepson Don said. “She was a sweetheart.” 

Mrs. Woosley is survived by her sisters, Mary and Thelma; her stepson and his wife, Don and Linda Woosley, and their sons Brian and Brad; by her stepdaughter Deanna, her son Marc and her daughters Lori and Carri and by six great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held at Forest Lawn and a memorial service was held at Pilgrim Place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Pilgrim Place Health Services Center.

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