CUMBERLAND — Margret “Margo” May Myerly, born Oct. 11, 1918, was truly a 20th century woman.
Her early years were spent in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Margo worked various jobs following graduation from Eastern High School in D.C. before joining the Marine Corps in 1943.
Following the end of World War II (1946) Margo attended the University of Pennsylvania for two years and became a lifelong Nittany Lions fan. In the years before retiring, Margo put her stenography skills to use working in and around Washington, D.C., for lawyers, a Congressman and a Lobbyist. During those years she lived in a studio apartment overlooking Rock Creek Park where she indulged her fascination with gourmet cooking. She also enjoyed singing at Ryland Epworth United Methodist Church, Washington.
Margo has had a lifelong love affair with the English language exhibited by her insistence on the use of correct grammar and pronunciation for all who were within earshot. Although never married and never a mother, she mothered and tutored her nieces and nephews whenever in her company. She also managed to collect and read books covering a variety of topics, beliefs and philosophies. So much so that while living in Winston-Salem, N.C. in the 1980’s she attended Salem College to pursue the study of myths.
Margo’s love of the English language came through in her hobby of working the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, in ink, accurately with the aid of a well-worn dictionary. She was also an armchair participant in the nightly Jeopardy! games and kept up with Beltway Politics via CNN.
Her tour of duty with the Marines in the 1940’s came full circle when “discovered” by the Mountainside Marine Corps in 2009. Margo was honored by the League twice publicly and several times in private visits from members and Young Marine members. Late in life, Margo’s being honored for her service to her country brought her great joy.
Margo was a life time member of the American Legion Post 26, Mayo, as well as their Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a charter member of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc., also known as The Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. Last year was the 15th anniversary of the memorial with 250,000 women registered.
Margo moved to the Cumberland area with her sister Lois Breidinger in the fall of 2004, in time to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. She entered Lion’s Center in 2005, and was treated with honor, love and care for the more than seven years of her residency there. Margo became part of the family at Lion’s Center and was cherished up until her very last moment on earth.
She is survived by her sister, Lois Breidinger; nieces and nephews, Mary Thompson, April Blakey, Chris Breidinger, Walter R. Anderson and Charles Anderson, plus grand-nieces and nephews, Michelle, Jennifer, Penny, Kenneth, Steve, Caroline, Catherine, Laura, Kelly, and Raleigh.
Margo was preceded in death by her parents, Sophia Juergens Myerly and William Herbert Myerly; niece Margo Anderson; and sister, Elsie E. Anderson.
Friends will be received at the Upchurch Funeral Home, P.A., 202 Greene St., Cumberland, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
The Mountainside Marine Corps will pay tribute to Miss Myerly on Friday at 7:15 p.m.
The funeral service will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.
Interment will take place at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777 or to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 200 Oceangate, Suite 830, Long Beach, CA 90802.
Condolences to the family may be posted after Miss Myerly’s obituary at www.upchurch-fh.com.