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Margaret Audrey Obermiller Davis McMaster 84, formerly of Downey and currently of Laguna Niguel, passed away peacefully on January 27, 2014 at home. Margaret was born in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1929, to Henry Wilmer Obermiller and Margaret Fenwick Wright. She attended schools in Los Angeles and Compton before graduating from the University of Southern California’s Dental Hygiene Program in 1948. She was valedictorian in both junior high and in her Dental Hygiene program at USC. She married Dr. George Arnold Davis on July 16, 1948 in Huntington Park, California, and worked as a dental hygienist for him until her retirement and work as a full time mother and homemaker began. They were sealed together in the St. George Temple in 1955, moved to Downey, CA in 1960, and had 39 wonderful years together in this life until Arnold’s death in 1987. Together they raised their four children-Margaret Dianne, George Arnold, Steven Henry, and Carol Anna-and loved with all their hearts their roles as grandparents to a growing posterity. All of their children grew up in Downey and graduated from Downey High School. Margaret was privileged to find another wonderful man, Alexander Clawson McMaster, Sr. to share her life for 17 years. They were married for time in the Los Angeles Temple on February 15, 1991, and made many happy memories as they traveled and served together until his death on August 14, 2008. He treated her children and grandchildren as family, and she loved his children-Alexander, Shan, and Lori- and their spouses and children as family, too. Their examples made it easy for their blended families to develop genuine friendship and love for one another. Margaret was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served diligently in many callings, including Stake Relief Society President, temple ordinance worker, full time missionary in the St. Louis-Missouri Mission, ward YW President, ward RS president, Cub Scout den leader, faithful visiting teacher, and missionary to the Cerritos College Institute. She was also a member of the Southern California Mormon Choir, the Downey Assistance League, the Liahona Study Group, Rook Club, and Downey Community Hospital Auxiliary. She received many academic honors and awards during her lifetime, but it is her example of true love of family, kindness to all, loyal friendship, faith, and grace in the face of adversity that are the real hallmarks of her life. She made those around her feel valued and important and lifted the spirits of all in her presence. Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, her daughter Dianne, her sister Kathy Obermiller Mihok, and her son Alexander McMaster, Jr. Margaret is survived by her children, George Davis (Linda) of Las Vegas, NV; Steven Davis (Carol) of Henderson, NV; Carol Simmons (Troy) of Laguna Niguel, CA; Larry Sampson (Nancy) of Spokane, WA; Shan Holst (Ron) of San Juan Capistrano; CA, Lori Salisbury (Don) of Glendora, CA; Becky McMaster of San Dimas, CA; her sister, Sally McQuaid of Santa Rosa, CA; 28 grandchildren, and an expanding number of great-grandchildren. Viewing will be at 9 AM, Saturday, February 1, 2014 at the Marina Hills Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 22851 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656, followed by the funeral services at 10 AM. Burial will follow at Rose Hills Cemetery in Whittier. Arrangements by McCormick & Son Mortuaries of Laguna Hills.
Published: Jan. 30, 2014 – Volume 12 – Issue 42