Margaret Elizabeth (Bain) Blount

Longtime Alameda resident Margaret Elizabeth (Bain) Blount, 92, passed away unexpectedly on June 22, 2018. She was surrounded by family.

Margaret was born on May 21, 1926, in Oakland to Alexander Simers and Mabel Robertson Bain formerly of Dundee, Scotland. She is predeceased by the love of her life and husband Joe and her brother and sister-in-law Alexander Morris and Evelyn Bain. She is survived by her daughter Alexandrian “Sandy” Black; brother Thomas (Deanna) Bain; Cherished nephew and niece, Ronald and Debra Bain; life-long friend Barbara (Rodgers) Butler; and many other adored family and friends all of whom felt her love immensely.

Margaret graduated from Fremont High School, class of 1944, During World War II. She worked as a payroll key punch operator in the hatch cover division for the USN Liberty Ships in Richmond. Later she worked in the Bank of America Stock Transfer Department, in San Francisco. She was fondly referred to as “the toy lady” during her 1970s tenure at Toy Town, at South Shore Center in Alameda.

Margaret and Joe shared an uncommonly joyous marriage from 1953 until he passed away in 1997. They were best friends and partners in life sharing years of happiness, laughter and sunburns with family and friends at their Santa Cruz beach cottage. 

Margaret was a world traveler. A specific highlight for her was riding a mule to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. A proud full-blooded Scot, she will be remembered for her love of life; her warmth; smile; optimism and generosity; tireless work ethic; her unwavering support through her volunteer efforts at Alameda Hospital and heartfelt support to her family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. this Saturday, July 21, at Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services, 1415 Oak St., Alameda, CA 94501. Please make any donation in Margaret’s memory to the charity of your choice or to the Alameda Hospital Auxiliary, 2070 Clinton Ave., Alameda CA 94501. For more information call Harry W. Greer, Funeral Director (CA Lic. FDR-745).