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Marguerite Louise Abbey

Posted: Monday, Jan 27th, 2014

Marguerite Louise Abbey was born October of 1915, in Templeton and passed away Dec. 31, 2013 at Paradise Valley Care in Atascadero. A long-time native of the North County she was 98.

She was predeceased by her husband Roland Thomas Abbey, her daughter Katherine Ann Abbey, who just passed Dec. 5, her sister Helen O'Neil Peasley, her brother Yancy O'Neil, her Father Timothy O'Neil and Mother Louisa “Lulu” York O'Neil.

Marguerite spent her childhood growing up on York Mountain, as she was the granddaughter of Andrew and Hulda York. She attended Ascension School at the very top of York Mountain walking to and from school from her home in Shadow Canyon (know as Coon Creek in those days). She often talked about the great climb up the mountain to get to school in the morning and the downhill run coming home,when she would stop at Dusi's vineyard to eat grapes under a vine. She often talked about the early pioneers of the area, and of the new immigrants, how quickly they would learn English and would be reading in no time. She was a gifted storyteller, and with her usual wit and humor, told and wrote of her adventures growing up on York Mountain.  She wrote a chapter titled “York Mountain Girl” in the book called "Glimpses of Childhood in the Old West." 

Marguerite graduated from Templeton High School, then attended Healds Business School in San Jose. She married Roland Abbey in 1938, and they were married for 53 years. Their romance began at a dance in Templeton at the American Legion Hall. They raised cattle on the old Abbey place west of Paso Robles for a time. 

She loved the land, was a good gardener and was known for growing beautiful flowers. It seemed as though she could grow them with a touch of a finger. Marguerite was also a great cook, and she could throw a fine meal together with nothing in the pantry and a empty icebox. She was most famous for her magnificent pies. And, there was a time when she would play the piano in the afternoon, and one could hear those old hymns come out of the house and across the fields. Her favorite song may have been "Oh Danny Boy."

Marguerite had a long and full life. She never took life to seriously, and always saw the funny and good side of things. She really enjoyed her family, especially her three grandchildren to whom she showed great love. She is survived by her son Neil Abbey and daughter-in-law Janet Abbey of Paso Robles; her sister Doris Greenelsh of Santa Maria; her three grandchildren, Shawn Abbey of Salem, Ore., Kristine Robbins of Alexandria, Va., and Jacob Abbey of Paso Robles. She is also survived by four great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

The family owes great thanks to the caregivers who cared for Marguerite (Maggie) at Paradise Valley Care.

Marguerite loved much and was much loved.  She will be missed by all that knew her.

For the complete article see the 01-28-2014 issue.

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