When Margaret Adeline Amado walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Margaret was and how she impacted those around her. Margaret was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Margaret wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Margaret was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.
Margaret was born on January 17, 1918 in Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Angel and Lupi Alari. Margaret was raised in Los Angeles, California. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Margaret might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Margaret was always in pursuit of life's endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.
Margaret was raised with five siblings. She had two older sisters, Irene and Lola, two older brothers, Angel and Guy and one younger brother Stanley. Margaret was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Margaret was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Margaret well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.
As a young girl, Margaret was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Margaret was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. In her spare time she liked reading, wrote a daily journal and writing poetry. Margaret had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.
During her high school years, Margaret responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She attended Roosevelt High School but did not graduate. She left school to work during the depression. She completed her GED in 1960. Margaret was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Margaret absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Margaret, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Margaret a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything.
With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Margaret was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Margaret was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Cousin Yola and Mary Molinar. Later in life, she became friends with Margaret Tarango, Neya Seda, all her sisters-in-laws.
On December 24, 1938 Margaret married Edward Pizarro Amado at Court House in Los Angeles, California. Margaret's skill at "building bridges" played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Edward's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Margaret was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.
Margaret was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Margaret, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Amado home. Margaret's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Margaret was blessed with four children: three daughters, Margaret Ann, Charlene and Edwina and one son, Edward. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Wesley, Edward, Veronica and Lenny.
Margaret was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life's possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was housewife. Margaret was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Margaret had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight.
Because Margaret loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were reading and briefly doing needlework and a patron of the Arts. Margaret had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Margaret's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.
Throughout her life, Margaret was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Margaret seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Margaret usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout her later years, Margaret was an active member of the Poet Society.
Margaret was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member St. Louis of France for 50 years. During that time, she was in the prayer group. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.
Margaret Amado passed away on February 4, 2011 at Inter Community Hospital in Covina, California. She is survived by her children, Margaret Ann, Charlene and Edwina, her grandchildren Wesley, Edward, Veronica and Lenny and her great-grandchildren Garrett, Lorene, Zachery, Delynn, J. T., Hank and John. Services were held at Custer Christiansen Chapel in Covina, California. Margaret was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery in Pomona, California.
There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Margaret. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Margaret Amado for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Margaret was always more than willing to share life's experiences with her loved ones.