Margaret Fosberg

Margaret Fosberg PhotoWe regret to announce the passing of Margaret W. Fosberg on March 17, 2016. She died peacefully at her home at the age of 94.

Margaret and her twin sister were born at the doctor’s residence in Roanoke, Alabama on August 6, 1921. She was raised in Glenn, Georgia on a cotton farm. Margaret graduated from high school in Franklin, GA where she was a standout basketball player. She then went onto West Georgia College where she was the starting point guard for 2 years. Margaret graduated from Emory School of Nursing in 1944. She completed two internships, one at Bellevue Hospital in New York City, the second in Public Health Nursing at Peabody College, Nashville, TN.  Margaret worked in public health nursing in Thomasville, GA where she met and married Maynard Fosberg in 1947.

Margaret continued her public health nursing in Madison, WI while Maynard finished his Master’s degree. They moved to Moscow in 1949. Margaret worked at Gritman Memorial Hospital from 1950 to 1967. In 1967, she became the head nurse at the University of Idaho Student Health Center until she retired in 1998. Nurse Fosberg will be fondly remembered for her sex education talks to the fraternities, sororities and dorms on the U of I campus. She received numerous awards from the students and faculty at the University of Idaho.  Her volunteer activities included Alpha Gamma Delta, North Idaho Public Health Board, Special Olympics, Palouse Hills Pony Club and numerous other organizations.

Margaret is survived by her husband of over 68 years, Maynard, at their home, a daughter Stephanie (John) Stainiewski of Sandpoint, ID, a son Mark (Karen) Fosberg of Liberty Lake, WA and six grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents Mae and Newton Williams and siblings Ralph, Henry, Louneil and twin sister Martha.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow. Per mom’s request, please wear bright colors. A private graveside service will precede the service at the Moscow Cemetery.

Viewing will be at Short’s Funeral Chapel on Monday, March 21st from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Margaret Fosberg Memorial Fund, U of I Foundation, 875 Perimeter Dr. MS 3143, Moscow, ID 83844.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to

13 Responses to Margaret Fosberg

  1. Betty Tukey says:

    We have lost one of our most unique, wonderful friends-our Georgia Peach. My heart goes out to you, Maynard, Stephanie and Mark. She brought so much into our lives:for years she made my life so much easier. Through all the Pony Club years, I always knew that I could count on Margaret. She kept us on the straight and narrow and at the same time brought joy and laughter with her. What would we have done without Margaret, her great stories and her southern accent. She will have those angels singing “hallelujah” at the top of their lungs. Goodbye to one of my favorite people.

  2. Midge Bashaw says:

    I was not a personal friend of Margaret, only an admirer of her vibrant personality, her courage in “telling it like it is”, and brightening up one’s day. I was a frequent patient of Gritman Hospital, having delivered my three children there, underwent 3 surgeries, had the tonsils removed from my 3 children during the years of 1958 and 1967 (in fact, I was there so often I felt I had contributed to Gritman’s first remodel). It was during these times I had the opportunity to “get to know” Margaret and experience her refreshing mannerisms. She will be remembered with fondness. May she rest in peace and brighten our heaven!

  3. Steve Davidson says:

    Your mother was truly an amazing person and I feel privileged to have known her. She was one of the most loving and selfless people I have ever known. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

  4. Chelsea Brown Blatchford says:

    As an Alpha Gam, I had the pleasure of getting to know Margaret. She was a very special lady who touched the lives of all of us. So sorry for your (our) loss.

  5. Amy Anderson says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful Lady. My heart goes out to her family.

  6. Diane LeTourneau Helton says:

    Margaret was an amazing woman. It was always fun to talk with her, so much energy, so much interest in other people. Moscow will not be the same without her.

  7. Sharlene (Sieckmann) Miller says:

    Your mother was a wonderful woman. I am remembering her family in my prayers. My sympathy to you in the loss of your mother.

  8. Camille Newburn (Lewis) and Gary Newburn says:

    Margaret Fosberg was an amazing lady.I knew her for 66 years.She was at Gritman the day I was born.I never heard her say anything bad about anyone. When I would come to Moscow in the summer to see my dad Glenn Lewis I always went to see her and to play with Stephanie and drink iced tea like a lady.So many wonderful hours with the Fosberg Family.And she always stressed the way young ladies should behave.She will be so missed by her family and friends.Our heart goes out to Maynard,Stephanie,and Mark.May God Bless You.

  9. Lynn Ramseyer Popplewell says:

    Mrs. Fosberg was a ray of sunshine during our college years. My friends and I adored her….this was the early 1970’s. She made the infirmary crazy, fun….even when we were quite ill and far from home. We also got to know her through her daughter, Stephanie, an added bonus. Something about that Fosberg family… could always be uplifted. Love to you all. Hello Stephanie! Great memories. Thank you!!

  10. Linda Harder Thompson says:

    We Harder “kids” grew up involved in activities with the Fosberg family. Mrs. Fosberg was loved dearly by all of us. She was such fun, full of life, interested in all three of us, a great listener, and up for any experience. We adored her. Sandra, Dale, and I send our sympathies and condolences to the three of you–Maynard, Stephanie, and Mark. Margaret will be greatly missed by everyone she touched.

  11. Glen Logan says:

    Dear Maynard,
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Margaret. I still remember meeting her and getting acquainted when you had a group of soil scientists out to your house in Moscow.

  12. Linda Kay McDougal says:

    Margaret Fosberg was my Hero…She and Maynard took me under their wings when I was the House Director at Alpha Gamma Delta. Margaret was a role model and shared unselfishly her knowledge to this Texas girl. When times were trying, she told me her favorite saying, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!” That pearl of wisdom has served me well. What an example of strength of character, southern grace, and a willingness to share her knowledge. I am so honored to have her as a friend and a mentor. Margaret’s spirit will live on in the lives she has touched. My gratitude to both she and Maynard for being an important part of my life while I was in Moscow. The Fosberg family has given great service to the University of Idaho and Moscow. My thoughts are with them at this time.
    Linda Kay McDougal

  13. Mary Wood says:

    Margaret was a client who soon became a friend. We had many spirited conversations at the bank and I think my co-workers might have been a bit envious of all the laughter. I always looked forward to her visits and I admired her spunk and determination. She was a winner. Maynard…that was some lady you married! I’ll always be thankful I had the honor of knowing Miss Margaret.
    Mary Wood

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