Margaret (Silber) Isakson dies at 84

Margaret (Silber) Isakson passed away at her home in Rockland Maine on August 13, 2016, after an illness of a few months.  She was 84 years old.  Margaret was born January 4, 1932, in Plainfield, and grew up on farms in Iowa and Minnesota.  She is pre-deceased by her parents Emil and Sophie Silber of Nashua, and her 3 brothers Eitel (Shirley), John and Gordon Silber.  She is survived by her children, Karen (Buck) Deines of Salem, Oregon; Elaine Isakson of Rockland; Kathleen (Mark) Sheets of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Paul Isakson of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren Kaia (Jans) Carlson, Justus Sheets and Jordan (Kendra) Sheets, Jessica Isakson, Wesley (Avonlea) and Jeremiah (Sarah) Deines; seven great grandchildren; and other dear family and friends.Margaret was a 1950 graduate of Nashua High School, went on to earn a teaching degree and taught in a one-room schoolhouse in Iowa.  She later trained to be an airline reservationist, which took her to San Francisco where she married Joseph Isakson, eventually settling in South and North Dakota and raising her children.  In 1989, Margaret moved to Maine, a place she grew to love.  One of her most meaningful positions was as Activities Director for residents at the former Camden Nursing Home.  She also worked many years at the Surroundings store in Camden, and spent 21 winters in Mesa, Arizona.Margaret was grateful for many things:  God’s love and guidance throughout her life, parents she looked up to, her wonderful friends, her church communities, her travels, nature’s beauty, her education and employment at many different occupations.  Her unwavering love and support for her children was a huge part of her life, extending to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Margaret had a soft spot for anyone who suffered and believed in making a positive impact in the world.  She was an avid reader who cared about events beyond the sphere of her life.  She spoke up about her faith and her values and loved to share stories of her life, often recording her memories with paper and pen.  Over her life she took many opportunities to learn and better herself.  She nurtured friendships, both old and new, and built strong ties with her family in Germany. Margaret was courageous and caring throughout the course of her illness, and an example to us all.  Her passing leaves a huge void in our lives, but we know she is at peace with the Lord she loved so much.Memorials can be sent to John Street United Methodist Church at 98 John St., Camden, Maine.

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