Margaret “Marge” West

Marge West, a wonderful woman and long time Coronado resident passed away on Oct. 6, 2020. she had celebrated her 100th birthday a few weeks earlier at her home on Maria Place.

Marge was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania in 1920 to Margaret and Edwin Stanton Hooker. She attended Grier High School in Birmingham, Pennsylvania, excelling in her studies and field hockey. then Marge went on to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, graduating in 1943. Upon graduation, she enlisted in the WAVES at the height of World War II. Due to her many talents, she became a skilled code breaker working for the government in Washington, D.C.

In Washington, she soon met and married a young Naval officer, Horace B. West. After the war, she traveled with Horace to several Naval duty stations on both coasts, such as Hartford, Connecticut, Pensacola, Florida, Washington D.C., San Francisco and across the globe in Atsugi, Japan, raising their two children, Anne and Timothy. She enjoyed the travel and meeting new people. She entertained beautifully.

Marge spent the last 50 years of her life living in the same Coronado home she and her husband bought in 1959. She was an excellent gardener.

Marge was an early and active member of the Crown Garden Club, Pink Ladies of Coronado Hospital and a devoted bridge player throughout her life. She had a curious mind and often expressed herself potently in the local Coronado Eagle Journal.

She is predeceased by her parents, husband Capt. Horace B. West, and her daughter Anne. Marge is survived by her son Timothy (Shirley); three grandchildren, Dustin and Joshua of Phoenix and Dylan of Imperial Beach.

Private services for Marge will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. She will be interred with her husband and daughter. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Coronado Schools Foundation and the Coronado Community Church in Marge’s name.

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