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Obituary: Margaret Sammel Dodge

Margaret Sammel Dodge was born on Aug. 27, 1923 in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Harriet Rebecca Sammel and the Rev. William Raymond Sammel. "Maggie" passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, in her home on May 30, 2015, at the age of 91.

Maggie's vibrant and active lifestyle led her to happily enlist in the Women's Army Core in 1944. Her contributions to our country were many. While stationed in Washington D.C., she met the love of her life, Paul Oliver Dodge, a Naval officer. They married in 1946 and enjoyed 59 beautiful years together until Paul passed away in 2006.

Maggie loved entertaining. She acted in theater plays, sang in many church choirs and starred in a children's television show in the late 1950's, named "Teena-Teena." She also enjoyed the sport of horsemanship. Maggie rode one of her horses in the "Parada Del Sol" parade in Scottsdale.

Maggie was truly a radiant light to everyone she met. Her genuine concern and love of people and animals were her trademark. Maggie had a gift of making people smile. Up until a few months before Maggie passed away, she was an avid bowler. She especially enjoyed the socialization bowling brought her. Maggie was always greeted with smiles and hugs. Her radiant light will be missed by all who knew her. This obituary is just a very small glimpse into the life of a great woman who touched so many in countless ways. She will never be forgotten. She will always be remembered.

Maggie is survived by Edward and Debbie Dodge (son and daughter-in-law); Jennifer Booysen (daughter); Cassandra Ditt (granddaughter); and Olivia Ditt (granddaughter); Jacob Booysen (grandson); and Ruby Josephine (great granddaughter).

This great lady will be laid to rest with full military honors at her Interment service at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Prescott V.A. National Cemetery.

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