Margarita Halstead

Date of Birth

April 30th, 1910

Date of Death

March 4th, 1995

Memorial Meeting

Palo Alto Friends Meeting


Margarita Halstead was an artist, teacher, librarian, gardener and care giver to many, including her mother who died at age 95, nineteen years ago.

Margarita was born April 30, 1910 in Cuba, where she spent the first and very happy years of her life. When she was seven, her father moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and then five years later to the dust and heat of Texas.  She went to the College of Industrial Arts at what is now known as Texas Women's University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.  She majored in education and specialized in teaching art.

For seven years after graduation she taught elementary school to poor children in Texas.  She then moved to Monterey, California where she became a librarian at the Defense Language Institute. After 20 years she retired from that position to take care of her aging mother and then later of other women during their declining years.  Her two loves were her art and her interest in gardening. Margarita's own art medium was silver jewelry.  She made hundreds of creative designs.

Margarita became a Quaker by convincement on June 23, 1972. She was active in the Palo Alto Friends Meeting for a number of years before moving in 1984 to Friends House. She served on the FASE Board prior to her move.

She died on March 4th,1995. She was the eldest of five siblings, and is survived by one sister and two brothers.