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Margaret Anne Hoover

October 8, 1926 June 10, 2015
Margaret Anne Hoover
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Margaret Anne Hoover: A Life of Love and Learning

Margaret Anne (English) Hoover was born October 8, 1926 to Clare Atkinson and Murnah Esther (Clark) English in Dearborn, MI. She had an older brother, David Clark. She attended kindergarten at Garrison School but followed her brother to Greenfield Village School, which was founded by Henry Ford, who was Margaret�s first waltz partner. Henry Ford encouraged his students to �learn by doing�, and Margaret learned her love of gardening and horseback riding while at the Village. She also developed lifelong friendships. After graduating from the Edison Institute in 1943, Margaret went to Michigan State College, earning a Bachelor�s in Chemistry. While at Michigan State, she taught Chemistry lab and was valedictorian of the 1947 class. She pledged Chi Omega and was president of the Association of Women Students. At the President�s reception in 1946, Margaret met her husband, Herbert Dane Hoover. They married September 6, 1947 at Martha Mary Chapel at Greenfield Village and had their wedding reception at the Dearborn Inn. Herb and Margaret used her $500 cash award for being valedictorian to buy a Ford Model A, which they drove to Boston so Herb could pursue a PhD in Economics from Harvard.

While in Boston, Margaret, an avid reader and book lover, worked as Executive Secretary for the Vice President of Houghton Mifflin. She interacted with authors, including Winston Churchill and J.R.R. Tolkien. After their first daughter, Katherine Anne (Katy), was born in 1950, Herb and Margaret moved back to Dearborn. Their second daughter, Jane Elizabeth, was born in Detroit in 1951. Their youngest three, Mary Margaret (1954), Emily Esther (1956) and Sara Melissa (1959) were born in Dearborn. Herb bought the Dearborn State Corporation, an insurance firm, from his father-in-law and Margaret was integral to its success. The family always had many pets and spent summers camping across the United States and Canada.

In 1978, Margaret and Herb moved to the Clark family farm in Milford, Michigan. Margaret�s great-grandfather, David William Clark, had purchased the �Farm� in 1865. Here, she pursued her love of gardening as well as enjoying hikes around their 35-acre property. She volunteered at the Milford Historical Museum and the Milford library. She also enjoyed working as an election worker for Milford Township for many years.

Margaret and Herb traveled extensively with Elderhostel and Earth Watch, studying dolphins in New Zealand, cleaning the trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, looking for dinosaur footprints in England, studying bees on an island off the coast of Australia and trekking in India.

Margaret lost Herb on June 30, 2011, having been married 63 years. In 2013, she moved to Berkeley, California.

Besides her daughters and extended family and friends, sons-in-law John Tomasic, Willard Swenson Jr., James Luby and Kees Brukx survive her. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Steve Tomasic, Anne (Geoffrey) Fink, Dr. Ellen (Philip IV) O�Niel, David (Erin) Swenson, Claire Luby and Ian Luby and by her great-granddaughter Natalie Margaret O�Niel. Her grandson Michael Tomasic predeceased her. While she will be greatly missed, Margaret Anne English Hoover had a rich, wonderful life, filled with love, adventure, family and friends.

Memorial Service to be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 3 PM with gathering to begin one hour prior. The Rev. Sherry Foster to officiate. Interment Oak Grove Cemetery, Milford.

Memorials encouraged to: The Henry Ford, the Michigan Humane Society or the Milford Historical Society. For further information, please phone 248.684.6645.


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