PORTLAND - Margaret (Marge) E. Lemke, 74, died Dec. 26, 2003, in her Portland home, surrounded by her loving family. The daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Beckett) Utting, she was born Jan. 5, 1929, in Portland. She grew up in Portland and graduated from Washington High School. As a young woman, she enjoyed snowskiing and motorcycle riding.
In March 1951, she married Derald (Jerry) Lemke, who preceded her in death on July 25, 2003. Together they had four children.
Mrs. Lemke worked as a printer for the city of Portland and later for the Port of Portland prior to retirement in 1988. She was an active member of the Women's Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 907 in Portland, where she worked for a time following retirement.
Mr. and Mrs. Lemke retired to their beach home in Ocean Park in 1988, where Mrs. Lemke became an active member of the Ocean Park Eagles Lodge No. 3602 Auxiliary. In her retirement, she enjoyed many hobbies including trips to Reno and local casinos, tap dancing, baking, canning and crocheting. She was a devoted wife and mother.
After her husband's death, she sold her Ocean Park home and returned to Portland to be with family.
Mrs. Lemke is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Derald R. and Susan Lemke, Dean M. and Julie Lemke, Dennis A. and Connie Lemke; daughter and son-in-law Lynette T. and Robert Brown all of Portland; a sister Liliah Davis of Milwaukie, Ore.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life and potluck will be held at noon on Friday, Feb. 13 at the Ocean Park Eagles Lodge.
Memorials may be made to Legacy Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program in Portland, P.O. Box 4484, Portland, OR 97208 or Harbors Home Hospice in Long Beach.