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Margaret Steward Schnebly Treadwell

Margaret Schnebly Treadwell, 78, of Ellensburg, died Thursday [June 22, 1989] at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital following a brief illness.

Born in Yakima on June 29, 1910, she attended Yakima schools and Washington State University, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Spurs, Mortar Board, Theta Sigma Phi and Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honoraries and Who’s Who in American College and Universities.

Following graduation in the early 30s from WSU, she worked in Pullman before coming to Ellensburg. She was employed for many years at Central Washington University as secretary to Dr. E. E. Samuelson, Dean of Students. She later served as secretary to the Kittitas County commissioners and was also employed by the City of Ellensburg as secretary to the city manager.

Mrs. Treadwell actively supported many organizations. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Janet Howe Hospital Guild, Washington State Republicans, Arvida Club and the Ellensburg Golf and Country Club.

In the past she served on the lay committee for the Ellensburg School District, was a member of the YMCA Board, and was a corresponding reporter for the Yakima Herald. She was an active member for more than 50 years of Pi Beta Phi Alumni, serving as a province officer in the 1960s. She was chosen outstanding mother at WSU in May of 1963.

She and Robert D. Schnebly were married in Yakima on November 9, 1939. They farmed in the Fairview District until his death in 1958. She and Alva Treadwell were married in Ellensburg on February 19, 1966. He preceded her in death of April 26, 1979.

Survivors include a son, Robert Schnebly of Ellensburg; two daughters, Sue Gillespie, of Walla Walla and Trish Cosner of Centerville; eight grandchildren and a sister, Jean Gillette of Yakima. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Janet Goldsworthy and Kay Steward.

Funeral services are 2 p.m. Monday, June 26 at Cotton Chapel in Ellensburg. Rev. Donald Meekhof will officiate and burial will follow at the IOOF Cemetery. Viewing is Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday until time of service. Memorials can be made to the Margaret Schnebly Treadwell Memorial Fund at Central Washington.