Margaret Louise (Gowey) Botts passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at age 94, in Joseph, Ore.
She was born Aug. 7, 1924, in McMinville, Ore., to Ray and Opal Shuman. The family moved when she was 2 years old to begin farm life in the Troy, Ore., area, where her little brother, Bill, joined the family. She graduated from Flora High School on May 19, 1941. Margaret married Melvin Botts on April 2, 1945. They farmed in Flora until moving to Wallowa Lake in 1962. Eventually, the family moved to a lovely place near the Joseph Airport. Always a hard working woman, Margaret cooked and made several longstanding friends at Wallowa Memorial Hospital and the Joseph School.
After “retirement,” Margaret joined the Peace Corps and served in Belize from 1994 to 1996. Upon her return, she embarked on various cooking adventures in Yellowstone National Park, Bear Lake, Alaska, Red’s Horse Ranch and, later in life, wintered in Quartzsite, Ariz., with her longtime companion, Vandon Martin. Struck with the ancestral wanderlust, Margaret traveled to several states and in 2005 took a much anticipated trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Margaret was a longtime Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary member and supported several charities.
Margaret was predeceased by daughter Shirley Mead (1965), husband Melvin (1975), great-granddaughter Sonja Johnson (2014), and son Ronald “Bud” Botts (2015).
She will be missed by her family, including daughter Melva (Willie) Elaine Johnston of Asotin; son Rodney (Linda) Botts of Joseph; son Kyle Botts of Portland, Ore.; daughter-in-law Cassandra Botts of Enterprise, Ore.; seven grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; along with several beloved extended family and friends.
Margaret’s love for her family prompted her to document many written stories of her past, along with researching genealogy. She will be remembered for her feisty personality, quirky sense of humor, famous Christmas letters and endless hospitality.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bollman’s Funeral Home in Enterprise. The family invites everyone to enjoy lunch at the Enterprise VFW Hall immediately following the service. In the past, Margaret had requested that any musician bring their instruments to play together at the VFW.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to your favorite charity. Her family is extremely grateful for the care provided by Traci Frye, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and the kind staff at Alpine House in Joseph.