Margaret Ann Meads, born May 31st, 1942, of Hermiston, Oregon, rode a big bay off into the sunset. She passed away peacefully at home on April 8th, 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Margaret was a shoot from the hip gal, a true cowgirl at heart. She grew up tough but she grew up right with a selfless nature where she put everyone else’s needs before her own. Margaret was a loving mother to three wonderful daughters and a strong life partner to 2 amazing men. She excelled in everything she put her mind to doing – from riding steers, queen of Ukiah rodeo, older sister, wife, mother, grandmother, store owner, to friends of many. Loren Wood and Margaret raised their daughters Lucy (Punkin) and Jody, to be strong women while living on beautiful ranches, riding good horses and working in the western store together. Loren and Margaret opened Woods Western World in Hermiston, then later had Hamely’s in Pendleton, Oregon. Making it a great “cowboy” store. Then, in 2003 Loren rode off into the sunset, leaving Margaret and the girls behind.
In October 2008, Margaret married the second love of her life Ivan Meads. Ivan and Margaret had known each other since school and had been friends through the years. When she and Ivan were married Margaret gained 2 sons and their family of who she was very proud of.
Margaret always had hot coffee and food on the table or a place for anyone who stopped by; and there was always a drink of good whiskey when the stories were being told. Margaret was loved by so many and will always be someone that we looked up to and strive to be like – a very caring, thoughtful and kind person.
Margaret was preceded in death by daughter Jacqueline Marie, husband Loren Wood, and parents Bud and Ina Jones. She is survived by husband Ivan Meads, sister Katheryn Mitchell (Ken), brother Bernard Jones, daughters Lucy (Punkin) Wood McCarty, Jody Wood, sons Mike Meads (Brenda), Marty Meads (Rona), grandchildren Lauren Hutchings, Jack Merrill, Patrick, Slade & Macy Meads, Tanner & Colter Meads, great grandchildren Stephen & Maggie Hutchings, Bronson Santana, and Kaylynn, Cactus & Weston Merrill.
May Margaret rest in peace, and we will all make her proud. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, www.justincowboycrisisfund.org.
A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. at the Let'er Buck Room, 1205 SW Court Ave., Pendleton, OR 97801.
Please sign the online condolence book at burnsmortuaryhermiston.com
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, Oregon is in care of arrangements.