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Marguerite Clapp, 96, of Idyllwild, died peacefully in her sleep early Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, of natural causes in Hemet.

She was born Aug. 27, 1909 in Redlands.

Mrs. Clapp was a longtime Idyllwild and Palm Springs resident. She was an accomplished violinist for the Redlands Bowl, as well as a soloist for a Los Angeles radio station.

She earned her primary teaching credential from UCLA and served as a kindergarten teacher until retiring in the early 1970s. She was also asked to present numerous workshops for teachers in the areas of music and dance education.

Mrs. Clapp’s affiliation with ISOMATA (now Idyllwild Arts) began when she attended a music educators’ workshop with Bee Krone in the early 1950s. She presented the Monday night folk dance mixers for years, assisted with Elderhostels, and, up until last year, served on the Krone Library Advisory Board.

She belonged to the American Association of University Women, the Idyllwild Area Historical Society and the Palm Springs Desert Museum, and she was a lifetime honorary member of the Associates of Idyllwild Arts Foundation.

No memorial service is planned. Her remains were donated to Loma Linda University.

Mrs. Clapp is survived by a daughter, Carol Acosta of Idyllwild; and a granddaughter, Dawn Sandhu-Clinton of Los Angeles.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Gordon Clapp.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her memory be made to the Redlands Bowl, P.O. Box 466, Redlands, CA 92373, or to the Krone Library, Idyllwild Arts, P.O. Box 38, Idyllwild, CA 92549.

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