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Margaret H. Pease
JAMESTOWN - Margaret Hall Pease

passed away at home in Jamestown on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2007.
She was the wife of the late Captain Forrest A. Pease who passed away on Christmas Eve one year ago. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2006.
Born October 20, 1920 in Indianapolis, Indiana to Edith Trout Hall and Thurman Hall.
Margaret grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin where as a teenager she studied piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory in Milwaukee, after having been the pianist in her church from the age of eight. During her final year in high school she entered a piano competition, and won a scholarship to Lawrence Conservatory (now Lawrence University) in Appleton, Wisconsin. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in 1942.
After serving as Music supervisor in the Lawrenceburg, Indiana public school system, she heard and answered the call of her country and joined the U.S. Navy W.A.V.E.S. and was stationed in Washington DC. Toward the end of WWII, in addition to her official duties as a Specialist S Class, she participated in several musical groups that performed on the Navy Hour radio program. Also in her free time she and another W.A.V.E. buddy “hitchhiked” aboard military flights to all corners of the country and the two became lifelong friends. It was also at that time that she met Naval aviator, Lt. Forrest A. Pease. They became instant friends the moment they discovered that they were both fans of the great jazz pianist and composer, Thomas “Fats” Waller. Married in 1946, they moved to Chula Vista, California and she began her new career as wife of a Naval Officer and later as a mother.
Margaret loved adventure and being married to “Buster” Pease was certainly that. In addition to crisscrossing the country on ever changing tours of duty, she led the family on countless adventures, from canoeing the Potomac, to sailing on Tokyo Bay, to last-minute Christmas shopping at the old Filene’s Basement in downtown Boston. An avid world traveler, she visited Taiwan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as England and many of the countries of Western Europe.
While stationed in Yokosuka, Japan in the 1960’s Mrs. Pease became a student of Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers. Avid about her hobby, she continued as a member of Ikebana International for over 30 years, participating in shows and conferences in New York City. Additionally, she taught English to Japanese women and volunteered at Naval hospitals wherever they were stationed.
After first living in Jamestown in the early 1960’s, the Pease’s returned to Jamestown in 1975, where they enjoyed retirement among their many friends, new and old, in a place that they both loved dearly.
Her eldest daughter, Karen Pease Ballou passed away in 2000 and her only sibling, John Hall of Carmel, Indiana passed away in 2003.
Three children, Fred Pease, Susan Pease Nicholson and Barbara Pease Renner, grandchildren, Justin Guy Ballou, Sarah Pease and Nathaniel Pease and eight great-grandchildren, survive Mrs. Pease.
A memorial will be held at a yet-to-be determined time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jamestown Community Band Scholarship Fund, c/o Jeff Hunter, 198 East Shore Road, Jamestown, RI 2835.
Arrangements are with Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute, Fall River.

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