On May 16, 2021, we lost Margaret L. Collier, a great teacher, friend, wife and a wonderful person. Margaret's personality was warm, caring and infectious. All that knew her in both professional and personal life would agree to this statement: "I always enjoy being around her."
Throughout her career at Cuesta College she was a leader and example for all students to follow. Her academic accomplishments were: 1961 AA Degree, West Hills College; 1964 BA Fresno State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude; 1979 Montessori World Educational Institute, Diploma Primary; and 1980 MA/Education Cal Poly, SLO.
Publications: 1981 Awakenings: A Guide to the Montessori Method of Education; 1994 Literature for Children Handbook; 1996 Creative Activities for Children Handbook; and 2000 Crafts for School Age Children Handbook.
Margaret was an instructor at Cuesta College for 35 years. Her area of expertise was Early Childhood Education and all of its components. Margaret also served as Chair for Human Development Division till her retirement. Margaret also established and funded three scholarships at Cuesta College.
Margaret was a member of PHI KAPPA PHI Honor Society. She was also a member of the Central Coast Renaissance Historical Society. She was an active participant and supporter of the "Ren Fair" for many years.
Margaret is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Guy Surian, and their two adult children; and her sister-in-law and husband, Gloria and Mike Johnson, and their three adult children and families. She is also survived by her husband/best friend, Raul, of 33 years, and their current four "fur children": Sasha, Dusty, Brooke and Donnie.
Margaret was loved by all who knew her. She leaves a legacy of love, warmth and dignity for all to follow.
There will be a celebration of life in the future, to be determined at a later date.