Margaret Samuelson-Jamestown Sun

Margaret Samuelson, 89, formerly of Jamestown, North Dakota, was laid to rest on May 1 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Margaret was born November 18, 1934 in Page, North Dakota, the daughter of Warren E. and Grace (Luttrell) Bayley. She was raised and educated in Page, where she also graduated from high school. She had worked as a secretary and waitress before attending Briercrest Bible College in Caronport, Saskatchewan, where she received a degree in Christian education in 1959.

She returned to North Dakota to work in Jamestown, where she met and married Orville Samuelson. She was a stay-at-home mother of two who actively volunteered. At her church, she taught Sunday school, directed a children's choir, and helped in many other areas of church life. For many years she enjoyed traveling with her family and then with her husband after the children were grown. She was a skilled homemaker who baked and decorated cakes for family, friends and her community. Aside from her children, perhaps her greatest joy was having coffee with her friends. She returned to the workforce in 1983 and worked for the Central Valley Health Unit until her retirement in May 1997.

She is survived by daughter Anita Behme and grandchildren Nicole and Jennifer of Greensboro, North Carolina; her son Kirk (Tomoe) Samuelson and granddaughter Mizuki of Providence, Rhode Island; and a sister, Shirley Disher of Fargo, North Dakota. She has thirty-two nieces and nephews and thirty-three great-nieces and great-nephews.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Orville; sisters Grace, Ruth, Maxine and May; and brothers Allan, James, Keith, Warren, Arthur and Roger.

Memorials in her name will be suggested to a charity of the donor's choice. Condolences to the family may be sent to Kirk Samuelson, 127 Irving Ave. Unit 6, Providence, RI 02906, or online at

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