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Marguerite Elizabeth Doak Schreiber

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By The Staff

SCHREIBER – Marguerite Elizabeth Doak Schreiber died peacefully in Santa Fe on Feb. 20, 2008, at age 97. Born in Walla Walla, Wash., she was raised in McMinnville, Ore., and graduated there with a degree in French from Linfield College. She married Raemer Edgar Schreiber in 1933. In 1943, Marge, as she was known to most of her friends, accompanied Raemer to Los Alamos, where he participated in the Manhattan Project. Marge endured living on the army base during the war, mastered cooking on the Black Beauty stove, relished the monthly trip to Santa Fe and dealt with the rigors imposed on families during that time. When Raemer opted to stay with the laboratory after the war, Marge was able to participate in forming the government and community of Los Alamos. Marge became one of the movers and shakers in the fledgling community. She was founder of the Girl Scouts in Los Alamos, founding member of the Garden Club, member of the early county council and member of the school board beginning when the schools were first being organized. She helped hire the first school superintendent and helped establish the charter for governance of the town. In 2007, she was recognized as a Living Treasure of Los Alamos. In the late 1940s, Marge and Raemer bought property in Pajarito Village in the Espaola valley where they spent weekends building an adobe home. Marge learned to peel vigas, lay adobes, drive a team of horses and pour cement, among other, as she said, “less ladylike occupations.” They lived in Pajarito Village from 1955 until 1972 when they returned to Los Alamos. Marge was a gourmet cook, artist, gardener, musician, rock hound, loyal friend to many and loving partner to Raemer for 65 years before his death in 1998. She was the last of the siblings of both Raemer’s and her family, all of whom predeceased her. Marge’s two “adopted daughters,” Jana Ruth Haley and Sara Helmick Weaver, also predeceased her. She was a dedicated mother to daughters Paula Schreiber Dransfield of Santa Fe and Sara Schreiber of Oregon, both of whom survive her along with Paula’s husband, Geoffrey, grandson Benjamin Raemer Saunders, his wife Hillary and their daughter, Tana, Marge’s great granddaughter. Marge is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, their children and several other “adopted” family members.A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. March 15, 2008, at McGee Chapel, Louisa and Alta Vista in Santa Fe, with her nephew, the Rev. Glen Murray, officiating.Marge was a life-long animal lover and would be pleased to know that remembrances are being made to the Espaola Valley Humane Society, 108 Hamm Parkway, Espaola, New Mexico 87532, or to the charity of your choice. The family thanks Ambercare Hospice and Rosemont Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Unit of Santa Fe for their loving care.