March 25, 1951-May 10, 2016
Palo Alto, California
Margaret Fruth, 65, died May 10, 2016, from complications related to a traumatic brain injury. Born March 25, 1951, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Margaret was the second eldest of three daughters and one son born to Carroll and Catharine (Hershey) Fruth. After moves to Smyrna, Georgia, and Burbank, California, the family settled in Palo Alto, California, in 1959.
A 1969 graduate of Palo Alto High School, Margaret earned a double major in history and geography at Clark University in 1973. Living in New York the following several years, she worked as a workers' compensation claims examiner before transferring to San Francisco.
Margaret married Ken Uhland, whom she had met at a Mensa party. Shortly after the birth of their only child, the family relocated to Menlo Park, where Margaret spent six years on the city's Arts Commission. She spent her final seven years at Palo Alto Commons, where she used her history and geography knowledge to win resident competitions on a regular basis.
A lover of language, Margaret wrote creative prose and poetry from elementary school until her death. Besides winning several national writing awards and school scholarships, she earned the rare privilege of becoming a published poet. Margaret was also active in schools and local politics. She sat on the San Carlos Charter Learning Center governance council and was the PR officer for Aurora High School during both school's first year. She was also fiercely vocal in her opposition of the potential sale of Buena Vista, Palo Alto's last mobile home park.
Preceded in death by both parents and her husband, Margaret is survived by companion Larry Wechsler of Palo Alto, California; daughter Catharine Emma Hershey (Kenneally Harder) of San Jose, California; sister Pat Severson (Stan) of El Cerrito, California; sister Cathy Matthews (Don Jr) of West Bloomfield, Michigan; brother Bob (Cynthia Finnell) of Seattle, Washington; niece Mary Matthews of Rochester Hills, Michigan; niece Elisabeth Severson (Meagan Bemer) of Seattle, Washington; nephew Donald Matthews III (Kate Hummel) of Findlay, Ohio; and nephew Zak Fruth of Seattle, Washington.
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