The Tournament of Roses announced that Margaret Jayne Huntley Main passed away on Nov. 24, 2023, at the age of 102.
By News Desk
She was the Rose Queen in 1940 and had been an ardent supporter of the Parade and Court for decades. From the age of 5 when she saw her very first Rose Parade in 1926, until her final congratulations to the 2024 Rose Queen, she was an unwavering beacon of joy and continuity throughout her years of service to the Tournament.
Margaret was a student at Pasadena City College when she was chosen to lead the Rose Court for the 1940 Parade and subsequently rode in a number of parades, the latest in 2009 on the City of Roseville float. She created the Queens’ Alumni Association and attended the Rose Queen Announcement and Coronation ceremony and the annual Rose Queens Luncheon until she retired from travel in 2019. She met every Rose Queen, from the first, Hallie Woods, who presided during the 1905 Rose Parade, to 2020 Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, the 102nd Rose Queen.
The Tournament celebrated her 100th birthday with a party in Auburn, CA, attended by 2022 Tournament of Roses President Robert Miller and his wife Barbara. President Miller brought her 1940 Swarovski crystal crown, now on display in Tournament House, and she proudly wore it one last time.
Margaret Main was predeceased by her husband Robert Main and daughter Linda Main Hack and is survived by her sister Alyce Main Levy, sons John Main of Boulder City, NV and Martin Main of Grass Valley, CA, and daughter Sandra Main of Auburn, CA. Her grandchildren are Michelle Hack McCalmont, Melodie Hack, Jennifer Main, Susan Main Paquette, Pharoan Johnson, Toni Main, and Michael Main, and her great- grandchildren are Melinda McCalmont, Cayman and Cambria Johnson, Annika and Kaden Main, and Taylor, Brooke, Hunter, and Wyatt Main.
She will always be one of the grand dames of the Royal Court.
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