Margie Watkins Nabozny

Margie passed away Saturday, June 9, 2012 at the Rogue Valley Medical Center after a short illness. Born July 27, 1932 in Rossville, Georgia to Hazel and Dennis Wolfe, she attended school in the Rossville area before moving to California in the late '50s.

In California, Margie started working in the electronic industry as she furthered her education in engineering. She became a Mechanical Engineer but because of her innovative abilities and dedication, she rapidly took her place in the executive echelon. Margie was an icon in the '60s & '70s in the Silicon Valley boom. She paved the way for women in upper management and rose rapidly in the ranks to Vice President of Manufacturing in numerous companies, including Boschert Power Supplies, Amdata Systems, Inc., Pacific Micro Computer, Grayco Optical, and SouthCoast Components.

In 1971 Margie was recognized and awarded Female Executive of the Year in Silicon Valley. She was a frequent speaker at the American Electronic Association meetings, delivering the message that women can succeed in upper management with dedication and hard work. She was respected by her peers and looked up to by all in the industry.

Margie retired in 1989 to a laid-back life of traveling with her husband. In her retirement, Margie enjoyed her private time reading, watching cooking shows, and playing games on her computer. She was a talented oil and watercolor painter, an accomplished knitter, and creative graphic designer doing numerous layouts for charity events. Her family treasures the many afghans and throws she knitted for them.

Preceding Margie in death were her mother, Hazel Moore; father, Dennis Wolfe; step-father, Raymond Moore; and step-son, Rich Nabozny.

Surviving Margie are her husband, Richard Nabozny; sons, Stephen and Michael Watkins; step-daughters, Terri and Nancy Nabozny; brother, Raymond Moore (Edna); sisters, Doris Connally and Louise Burgess; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. The family would like to give special thanks to family members Cher Radarchak, Christa Moore, and Velma and Connie Pharr for their compassion and support throughout the years.

Margie will always remain in the hearts of her family and many friends. She was a pillar of strength who lived her life to the fullest with dignity and pride. Margie could always be counted on to be there with a smile of understanding and a helping hand. A memorial celebration of her life will be held on the date of what would have been her 80th birthday, July 27, 2012.

The family thanks the Rogue Valley Medical Center staff and doctors for the compassion and care they gave her in her final days.

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