Meg Salman, a resident of Santa Fe, NM died from illness peacefully at her home on November 24, 2018. She was born March 12, 1935 in Cranford, New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her mother Dorothy Blanding Richards and her father Mansell Sylvester Richards and her sister Dorothy Richards Zopf. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, William J. Salman, her sons, David Mark Salman (Ava Muslin Salman), Michael Richards Salman (Pia Rocha Salman) and her two grandsons, Aaron Geoffrey Salman and Jacob Michael Salman, all of Santa Fe NM, as well as by her nieces Amy Wohlert, Emily Bresnahan, Sarah Bent and nephew, Richard Zopf.
Meg graduated from Cranford High School and attended Bryn Mawr College. She went to work at Lord and Taylor in NYC and rose to the position of managerial assistant in her short tenure. She married William in the autumn of 1955 and after his two year stint in the Army and homes in New Jersey, California and Florida the couple moved to Houston Texas their home for the next 12 years.
Meg became an active volunteer at the Houston Center For Mental Retardation and later was appointed as a Board Member in which capacity she continued to personally care for the handicapped children as well as fulfill Board duties.
In 1970 Meg and her family purchased a home in Taos, NM and in 1974 moved there from Houston. Meg became active in the support of the visual arts and was asked to join the Board of the Harwood Museum of Art. For many years she actively participated in the mounting of exhibits there and came to know many of the displaying artists who admired her.
In 1982 Meg and her family moved to Santa Fe, NM where in 1984 they founded Santa Fe Greenhouses. Meg who was a master gardener became the manager of the garden center store and spent the next two decades making the store a center for Santa Fe horticulture. She especially enjoyed working with many loyal customers to help them beautify their gardens and landscapes.
In addition to her love of gardening and roses, Meg maintained a lovely garden surrounding her home on Plaza Balentine. She was an avid reader and Santa Fe library frequenter whose main interest was WWII history, mystery novels by British writers and gardening books. Meg was also a quilter and seamstress and collected antique American quilts.
In 1980 Meg and her husband, with a Taos friend, purchased a pied-a-terre in NYC. Being a New Jersey girl, Meg greatly enjoyed going back to New York City and taking in all that great city has to offer.
Meg loved her little Cairn Terriers of which she had six over a period of 40 years as well as her current adopted little terrier, Tika. They were huge part of her life and gave her much joy and affection. She particularly enjoyed their walks around her neighborhood on the east side of town.
Meg will be greatly missed by many friends, admirers and family members.
If you wish to make a contribution in Meg’s memory, please donate to the Santa Fe Animal Shelter
Lap Dog Rescue of NM (from where Meg rescued, Tika)
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