Margaret H. Stone Wednesday, May 30, 1917 - Monday, July 17, 2017

Margaret Melrose Hale Stone, a California native, died July 17, 2017, at age 100. Born May 30, 1917 in Suisun, California, she was the direct descendant of its founder, Josiah Wing. She grew up on the Hale ranch and worked in the family business, the Hale Fruit Company. She graduated from Stanford University in 1939 and married James H. Stone, a Stanford classmate, in 1941. She and Jim both served in the US Army during World War II; she as a captain in the Women’s Army Corps. They returned to Palo Alto in 1946, where they raised their four daughters and resided for over 60 years. Margaret volunteered as a Girl Scout troop leader for many years, and worked as an administrator for the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County until her retirement. For over a decade, she spent every summer in the Santa Cruz Mountains as the camp director of Hidden Falls Girl Scout Camp. In addition, she was a member of the P.E.O. Chapter T and the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto. After her retirement, she volunteered for over 20 years at Filoli in San Mateo County. Her husband predeceased her in 1999. She is survived by her daughters Judith Stone of Oakland; Laura Stone (Michael Keplinger) of Edmonds, Washington; Margaret Ruth Stone (Troy Spindler) of San Luis Obispo; and Abigail Stone of Sacramento; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and nephews Robert Hale of Annandale, Virginia and William Hale of Suisun, California. A family celebration of her life will be held at a later date. A gift of remembrance may be made to the Girl Scouts of Northern California, Camp Hidden Falls Renovation fund: 1650 Harbor Bay Parkway #100, Alameda, CA 94502 Our family is deeply grateful to Linda and Ted Kurihara and the staff of Lafayette Care Home, who lovingly cared for Margaret from 2009 until her passing.