Longtime La Jollan Margaret Clover dies

Margaret Anderson Clover, who for years worked at La Jolla Presbyterian Preschool, and later in the office at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, died June 16 in La Jolla.

Hans and Elisabeth Spiegelberg’s three children attended the preschool while Clover was there and kept in touch with her through the years, Elisabeth Spiegelberg said. Each year for 40 years, the Spiegelbergs would send a family photo to Clover, who would call after the holidays to catch up with each other.

“She was a wonderful woman, always open to new things and never judgmental,” she said.

Clover came to La Jolla in 1938 to work at Scripps Metabolic Clinic, eventually becoming assistant dietitian.

Born in Osceola, Neb., on Nov. 11, 1914, Clover graduated from Osceola High School in 1932 and went on to Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. To make money to further her education, she taught in one-room schoolhouses in Osceola and nearby Ulysses before returning to the University of Nebraska (Phi Mu Sorority). She received her bachelor’s degree in science in home economics from the School of Agriculture in 1938.

A member of the American Dietetics Association, she was elected president of the California Dietetics Association in 1947.

In 1936, Clover became a member of PEO, a philanthropic educational organization that aims to make a difference in women’s lives. Membership went back in her family for three generations.

In 1958, she went to work for the La Jolla Presbyterian Preschool. In 1960, she was named director of the preschool, a title she held until 1974.

Not one for retirement, she returned to work in the office of Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church.

Margaret is survived by her son, Greg Clover, and daughter-in-law, Kathleen Webber; grandson Jesse Clover of Royal Oak, Mich.; granddaughter Mollie Margaret Clover of San Francisco; nieces Janie Prim, Colleen Bumgarner, Sallie Baucher and Lynn Poole; nephews Ross Anderson and Bruce Anderson; and cousins Jean, Sandy, Vic, J’Amy and Julie Herrman.