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Margaret Rucker Armstrong

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Margaret Rucker Armstrong

Birth
Death
18 Jun 1959 (aged 51)
Burial
Everett, Snohomish County, Washington, USA Add to Map
Plot
Block 19, Rucker Tomb
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Margaret Rucker was an American poet born in Everett, Washington. She was one of two children of Ruby and Bethel Rucker, a local businessman and one of the primary founders of Everett. The month Margaret was born, her father and her uncle, Wyatt Rucker, began work on building the Rucker Tomb, a 30-foot tall step pyramid in honor of their widowed mother, Jane Morris Rucker.

Margaret graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. While in college, three of her poems were published in ''University of Washington Poems, Third Series''. After graduating, she married Justus Rodgers Armstrong, a Navy lieutenant, on July 18, 1931, and moved with him first to San Francisco, California, and later to Burbank, California. They had two sons -- John Rogers Armstrong and George Armstrong, whom she was pregnant with when she and Justus were in a car crash that left Margaret in critical condition. (Margaret and Justus's first baby, John Wyatt Armstrong, lived only for a day.

More tragedy would occur in the family. While having coffee after dinner one evening in their Burbank home, Justus pulled out a pistol and killed himself. Margaret, the only witness, was 43 years old at the time. Eerily, it seemed that her poem "Two Deaths," written while in college, presaged the loss of her husband, even predicting the month in which he died. Margaret committed suicide herself at the age of 51 by overdosing on sleeping pills.
Margaret Rucker was an American poet born in Everett, Washington. She was one of two children of Ruby and Bethel Rucker, a local businessman and one of the primary founders of Everett. The month Margaret was born, her father and her uncle, Wyatt Rucker, began work on building the Rucker Tomb, a 30-foot tall step pyramid in honor of their widowed mother, Jane Morris Rucker.

Margaret graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. While in college, three of her poems were published in ''University of Washington Poems, Third Series''. After graduating, she married Justus Rodgers Armstrong, a Navy lieutenant, on July 18, 1931, and moved with him first to San Francisco, California, and later to Burbank, California. They had two sons -- John Rogers Armstrong and George Armstrong, whom she was pregnant with when she and Justus were in a car crash that left Margaret in critical condition. (Margaret and Justus's first baby, John Wyatt Armstrong, lived only for a day.

More tragedy would occur in the family. While having coffee after dinner one evening in their Burbank home, Justus pulled out a pistol and killed himself. Margaret, the only witness, was 43 years old at the time. Eerily, it seemed that her poem "Two Deaths," written while in college, presaged the loss of her husband, even predicting the month in which he died. Margaret committed suicide herself at the age of 51 by overdosing on sleeping pills.

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