Margaret Eleanor (Nickell) Schalow
October 22, 1918 ~ March 28, 2014
Margaret Schalow passed away peacefully on Friday, March 28, 2014, at Apple Springs Assisted Living home in Omak, WA, where she had been living since 2010. Margaret Eleanor Nickell was born on October 22, 1918, to Cecil (Barnes) and Ben Nickell in South Bend, WA, where Ben had been working in a lumber mill during World War I. After the War, the family returned to Winthrop, WA in the Methow Valley, where Margaret’s grandparents were pioneers, homesteading in 1889. She spent her early childhood in Winthrop, but did live for two years at Olema in the Chillowist with her mother, who taught school. They lived in the teacher’s cottage during the week and often came to Okanogan for weekends, while Ben was working for the sheriff’s department. Margaret spent the remainder of her childhood in Okanogan and graduated from Okanogan High School in 1936. Following high school, she enrolled at Washington State College (WSC), pledged the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and graduated in May, 1940. She married her childhood sweetheart, Walter Schalow, on September 8, 1940, at her uncle Walter and aunt Ruth’s home at Bear Creek in the Methow.
Margaret and Walter lived in Rosalia and Colfax, WA, where he worked for the Washington Water Power. In 1942, their daughter, Sandra, was born. When Walter was drafted, Margaret and baby Sandy moved back to the Methow Valley, and lived with her parents until the War ended. In 1946, they moved to Okanogan and Walter went to work with his father, George Schalow, in the family grocery store. Their second daughter, Marilynn, was born in 1946, and third daughter, Kristine, in 1948. Margaret worked at home, raising the girls and also began keeping books for the business. In her free time, she learned to golf and continued golfing into her 80’s. Margaret was also involved in many civic organizations, including Okanogan P.T.A., Okanogan Library Board, Community Concert Board, Orthopedic, P.E.O., and Okanogan Valley Dinner Dance Club. She also belonged to a Bridge club that met for over 25 years. She was a member of St. Anne’s Episcopal Church. Margaret and Walter loved to visit Hawaii and went on yearly vacations to the islands for many years. After Walter died in 1999, Margaret stayed active with friends and lived in her home until 2010, when she moved to Apple Springs.
She is survived by daughters, Sandy Bradley and friend, George Bonacich of California/Spokane, WA, Marilynn Moses (Paul) of Okanogan, and Kristi Smith (Rick) of Bellingham, WA; and grandchildren, Ben Bradley, Alex Bradley, Jeff Moses, Jennifer (Moses) and Pete Day, Ann (Smith) and Jay Herycyck, and Rich and Heather Smith. Margaret had two great-grandsons, Dimitri and Preston Smith; and nieces, JoAnn Howard and Darlene Polos. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter A. Schalow; parents, Ben and Cecil Nickell; in-laws, George and Ruth Schalow; sister-in-law, Vivian Schalow Fish; and son-in-law, Merritt K. Bradley.
At Margaret’s request, there will be No Service. Memorials, in her name, may be made to the Okanogan County Historical Society, Community Action Food Bank, or Animal Foster Care. Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan Co. Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.