Margaret Vincent Pickett

Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Juneau resident Margaret Vincent Pickett, 98, died Sept. 7, 2003, at Wildflower Court in Juneau.

She was born Feb. 13, 1905, in Portland, Ore., to Sidney and Hilda Vincent. Margaret grew up in Portland and Lake Oswego, Ore., and graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland. In 1926, she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. She was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority.

Her only child, daughter Jocelyn, was born in 1930.

She worked in radio advertising in the Portland area in the 1930s and 1940s. Using her married name, Margaret Allyn, she hosted daily live radio programs on Portland stations KOIN and KALE, including "Hello Again," which featured a live studio band, interviews with visiting newsmakers and commentary on local issues.

Margaret later remarried and moved to Salem, Ore. After leaving advertising, she worked part-time in the Capitol bill room and loved to host dinner parties and entertain guests in her home. She retired and moved to the Oregon coast community of Netarts.

Margaret moved to Juneau in 2000 to be closer to family. She lived at St. Ann's Nursing Home and relocated to Wildflower Court when it opened.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Jack, who died in adolescence; her longtime husband, Bruce F. Pickett; and her daughter, Jocelyn.

She is survived by her grandsons, Bruce (Laury) Scandling of Juneau and Matt (Brooke) Bunnell of Netarts, Ore; and her granddaughter, Jan (Gary) Vanasse of Bethel, Alaska. Margaret also is survived by six great-grandchildren: Rachel, Evan, Emily, Anna, Travis and Seth.

At her request, no memorial service is planned. Contributions in her name can be made to Wildflower Court, 2000 Salmon Creek Lane, Juneau, AK 99801.

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