Nov. 28, 1926 - May 15, 2009
Margaret June Standish Carey, 82, of Halsey died Friday at Samaritan Albany General Hospital.
Margaret was born in Albany to John and Helen Collins Standish. She grew up in Oregon and Montana, and graduated from Halsey High School.
Margaret attended Cascade College and Multnomah College in Portland between 1945 and 1949. She worked at the Corvallis Gazette-Times in 1949 and 1950.
On Sept. 3, 1949, Margaret married Robert E. Carey in Halsey. She lived on the family farm in Halsey from 1950 till this year.
She was president of the Linn County Historical Society from 1984 to 1988, and served on the board of the Linn County Museum Advisory Commission for several years, sometimes as chairwoman. Margaret was a member, organist and vocalist at Halsey United Methodist Church; a founding member of Oregon Women for Agriculture; and a member of the Oregon-
California Trail Association. She was involved in the preservation of the Moyer House in Brownsville.
Margaret worked as a co-publisher and editor of Calapooia Publications and as an author and amateur historian. Her writing collaborator for 23 years was her good friend Patricia Hainline, with whom she wrote books about the history of Halsey, Brownsville, Shedd and Sweet Home. They also published a historical newsletter, Northwest Passages, and wrote a column on local history for the Brownsville Times.
She was preceded in death by both her parents and by her sister, Patricia Irby.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Robert Carey, of Halsey; children, William Carey and Elizabeth "Beth" Lawson; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Carrie; a half-brother, Larry Sullivan; and a half-sister, Sally.
Viewing will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W. in Albany. Viewing will also be available from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Halsey United Methodist Church, 611 S.W. Third St., with funeral services at 2 p.m. at the church. A graveside service will follow at Workman Cemetery in Harrisburg.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Linn County Historical Museum Trust or Halsey United Methodist Church, and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321.