Margaret Jean Leary

August 25, 1948 to November 6, 2017

Margaret Jean Leary, 69, of Spring Valley, CA, was born August 25, 1948, and died November 6, 2017, after a long illness.  She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Lt. Col. Steven E. Leary, USAF (Ret); her sister, Molly Latham; her five children, Kent Leary, Alice Dailey, Vangie Leary, Paul Leary, and Joyce Leary; three grandchildren, Mahlia Blakeboro, Adam Dailey, and Lauren Zimmer; and a large extended family.

Margaret was born Margaret Latham in Chicago and moved with her family to California in 1957.  She served as one of the small number of female programmers in the Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era, later receiving a bachelor’s degree from Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in 1974.  As a military spouse at home and abroad, she worked for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, sold insurance for Banker’s Life and USAA, and owned a small desktop publishing business.  Margaret became a dedicated educator as a mid-life career, teaching English, History, and Theory of Knowledge at St. Philip the Apostle School in Suitland, MD, and Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, CA, before retiring in 2009.

Margaret was a lifelong Los Angeles Dodger fan, fantastic cook, historical trivia buff, keeper of family ancestry, and lover of licorice.  She was a gifted quilter and seamstress.  She was an avid reader with a keen interest in literature, politics, and history, especially presidential history, the Civil War, Watergate, and the assassination of JFK.  She leaves behind a family who love and miss her.

Margaret will be buried at Miramar National Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21. The service is open to anyone who would like to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the League of Women Voters and Doctors Without Borders.


  • Date: November 21, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: Miramar National Cemetery
  • Address: 5795 Nobel Drive San Diego, CA 92122
  • Directions: Miramar National Cemetery

On behalf of Meg’s Alemany Class of ‘66, we send our most loving condolences to all of your family. Si many of us have the fondest memories of Meg, including from elementary school also. What an amazing life she led and we can understand how proud you are of her and how much you will miss her. Two of us from the Class of ‘66 live in the San Diego area, John Gugerty and myself, and would feel honored to come and join you in celebrating Meg’s very precious life. I never knew that Meg went to Immaculate Heart College also, I just missed her, I was there from ‘66-70. Will the service be open so that we could be there? Many blessings and much love to you all.

Christine Belle Monroe on November 14, 2017