Margaret Ann Littlejohn, 66, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Moscow. Margaret was born July 22, 1948 in Newton-Stewart, Scotland to Quintin and Ruby Littlejohn. She immigrated to the United States as an infant with her parents and became a US citizen at the age of 4 1/2 years old. Margaret held a strong connection to her Scottish heritage and maintained close relationships with her family members in Scotland.
Margaret grew up in Ballico, California on her family almond farm. She graduated from Livingston High School in Livingston, California and continued her education at the University of California, Davis where she received her bachelors degree in biological sciences in 1971. After graduating, she began what became her lifelong career with the National Park Service. Margaret served for many years as a park ranger and was stationed in some of the country’s most beautiful and cherished national parks. In 1988 Margaret’s career brought her to Moscow, Idaho where she served as the Western Coordinator for NPS Visitor Services Project for the Cooperative Park Studies Unit at the University of Idaho. Her work eventually expanded to the entire national park system, and she remained in this unit until her retirement in 2012. Margaret’s career with the National Park Service allowed her to fulfill several of her greatest passions in life, her love of nature and all its splendor, her work on behalf of the natural environment, and her love of travel. She was deeply grateful for the opportunity to work among so many others who shared her passion for the natural world, and she made many wonderful and enduring friends as a result of her career.
Margaret was a highly engaged citizen of her Moscow community and greater Latah County; she looked for every opportunity to make a difference. Margaret was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder. She committed time, energy and personal resources to support environmental education, natural recreation, and responding to social needs. Margaret was active in and supported organizations and causes, such as the League of Women Voters, the Latah Trail Foundation, the Paradise Path Task Force, the Moscow Tree Committee, Phillips Farm Advisory Committee and Board, and the Health and Environment Commission. Margaret recently received the Moscow Mayor’s Award for Service to Commissions.
Margaret enjoyed many interests, including gardening, participation in her book club, world travel, sharing time with her friends and family, and of course walking with her beloved canine companions over the years.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her two brothers and their spouses, David Littlejohn (Lisa), Oakland, California and Andrew Littlejohn (Lyn), Ballico, California as well as two nieces, Monica Donathan, Sanford, North Carolina and Windie Butera, Mt. Airy, N. Carolina, and numerous grand and great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 2:00, Saturday, March 21 at the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow, Idaho.
Memorial donations may be made in Margret’s honor to the Moscow Animal Shelter, Habitat for Humanity and the Latah trail Foundation.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and online condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com