Margaret Estelle Floyd
Margaret Estelle Floyd passed away at the age of 83 in Southeast Portland on July 19, 2019. She was born on July 18, 1936, in Fulton, Arkansas. Along with her husband Fred, she moved to Oregon in 1963. She lived in the Mount Scott Park area of Southeast Portland for 55 years.
Margaret was active in her community sharing her faith and compassion with many people from many walks of life. She was involved in the Marysville Grade School PTA, Boy Scouts of America, the Sunrise Little League, and was the "team mom and score keeper" for the other various sports organizations her three sons played in. She cared for seniors in the neighborhood, and volunteered with several local churches and other volunteer centers in Southeast Portland. Well known by many as an excellent southern-style cook and baker, her family recalls that she was always ready to feed whoever showed up on her doorstep. She loved gardening, and her yard was a great source of pride for her, one of the best on the block. Her heart and her home were always open to neighborhood children; she had her home designated as a Block House safe zone for local children.The family points out that she especially loved holidays – all of them. "Her home was decked out for every holiday, and a source of joy for the neighborhood. Local children have fond Hallowe'en memories of the homemade treats she handed out."
Margaret was most proud of the Vietnam POW bracelet she wore, engraved with the name of Lt Col Jack L. Van Loan. Those who wore these bracelets vowed to leave them on until the soldier named on the bracelet, or their remains, returned to the United States. He was shot down on March 20, 1967, and returned home to the U.S. on March 4, 1973. LTC Van Loan wrote Margaret to express his thanks for her thoughts and prayers that helped him return home to his family. The Oregonian profiled Margaret and the story of her faith and his return.
Margaret was preceded in death by her son Freddie Lee; her parents Robert and Maddie Arnold; her brothers Bobbie Arnold, Wallace Arnold, and Paul Lester Arnold; and her sisters Linda Lou Ferguson and Judy Ann Jackson.
She is survived by her loving husband Fred Floyd, sons Thomas (Mary Lou) Floyd of Seattle, and David (Kandace) Floyd of Springfield, Oregon; her daughter-in-law Kathy Floyd of Portland; her seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; brothers Jimmy Arnold and Mike Ferguson; and many other extended family and friends.
Margaret requested that there be no memorial service held for her. Her family gathered at her home on August 17, to celebrate her life.