Margaret M. Roberts

Margaret M. Roberts

January 21, 1925 - January 03, 2013

Margaret M. Roberts

January 21, 1925 - January 03, 2013


Special Education Pioneer, long-time Laguna Niguel Resident dies at 87
January 21, 1925 January 3, 2013

Margaret Jeffries Roberts died on January 3 after a lifetime of devotion to children those in her family and the hundreds she taught first as an elementary school teacher in her hometown of Bakersfield, Ca., then for the Department of Defense in post-war Germany, and for 20+ years as a special-education teacher in Dana Point. Her colleagues at R.H. Dana described her as a pioneer in the field.

Starting in the late 80s, Margaret embraced retirement much as she did teaching cheerfully and wholeheartedly. She traveled frequently with husband Doyle, staying at universities to learn about Native Americans, Shakespeare, and the Pacific Southwest. She volunteered at the Friends of the Library in Laguna Niguel, and was an avid reader, eager walker, and jolly drinker of California wine. She was proud to be a native Californian she read the LA Times every day Margaret was proud of her association with Pomona College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. Also, she was a Member of American Association of University Women, Gourmet Cooking Club and representative to the local teacher’s union.

Margaret was a resident of Laguna Niguel for more than 40 years, the last five spent in a valiant battle against the devastating impacts of a brain injury and dementia. She amazed doctors and delighted family members as she recovered beyond expectations time and again. Even when she compared her memory to the dense valley fog of her childhood, her kind, strong, opinionated character always shone through.

She is survived by: brother Richard Jeffries; daughters Laura Hanaford and Robin Roberts; sons-in-law Tom Hanaford and Maurizio Saitta; granddaughters Allison and Lindsay Hanaford, and grandson Sebastian Roberts-Saitta, plus a small army of beloved nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by husband Doyle and son Kirk.

A memorial service will be held Friday, January 11 at 1 pm. at the O’Connor Mortuary, located at 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Should friends desire, lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the R.H. Dana ENF Education Foundation (24242 La Cresta Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629).

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  2. My condolences to the family of Margaret Roberts.
    Margaret is one of the most wonderful person I knew in America that I took care. My stay with Margaret is not just work but I treat her as my friend, my mom, my grandmother in one. We had fun and good times together. I thank Margaret for those days we shared together and I will always cherish it in my heart. I remember every night we always say goodnight with a kiss before I leave her room and we always say I Love You to each other, our Sunday breakfast at McDonalds, our walk by the beach, and more..I will miss you Margaret, so much and I Love you. I pray that her soul rest in peace with God. I thank also Laura and Robin for being very supportive daughters
    and always there for their mom.

  3. Holding Margaret’s family and friends in our hearts as we cherish the many memories of such a lovely, smart and spirited woman. Lighting a candle and thinking fondly of those merry, twinkling eyes. All our love.

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  5. Laura
    We are so sorry to here that your mom had passed. Roger and I want to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Your cousin,
    Christie Jeffries Rodarte
    San Antonio, Tx

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