Margaret E. Tripp

November 23, 1983 - April 11, 2021


Margaret Erin Gadler Tripp

November 11, 1983 – April 11, 2021


Maragret Erin Gadler Tripp, 37, died unexpectedly at home on April 11, 2021. Meg, as her family and friends called her, had a big personality and always lit up the room with her presence and smile.

Meg was born in Chicago on November 23, 1983 to Kathy (Graham) and Tim Gadler. The family, including her younger brother Colin, moved to Lake Oswego, Oregon when she was two. She is a graduate of Bryant Elementary, Waluga Junior High and Lakeridge High School. While at Lakeridge, Meg lettered in downhill skiing and brought home the gold at the state high school championships in 2002. A natural pianist, she took up the clarinet so she could play in the school band.

Following high school, Meg turned down a skiing scholarship from Middlebury College in Vermont, so she could be close to her family. She attended Oregon State University where she was captain of the equestrian team and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. For her senior year, she transferred to Portland State University, completing a degree in public health. She then received her BSN at George Fox University.

Meg worked in the ICU at Peace Health Medical Center in Vancouver, Washington and most recently at Legacy Mt Hood Medical Center in Gresham, Oregon as Emergency Department Charge Nurse and House Supervisor. Her coworkers fondly remember her dedication to nursing excellence, and her example of ‘doing it right the first time.’ She was recently enrolled at Loyola University in New Orleans, working on a doctorate of DNP degree. She was engaged to be married in September to Ben Leighton.  Together they enjoyed hiking, golf, and trips to the mountains and beach. 

Meg is survived by her parents, Kathy and Tim Gadler of Lake Oswego and her fiancé Ben Leighton; numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and friends, along with her beloved pets Bob and Jafar. She was preceded in death by her brother Colin Graham Gadler, her grandparents Idella and Steve Gadler of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Georgianna and Leo Graham of Oak Park, Illinois. 

A Celebration of Meg’s life will be planned as soon as pandemic restrictions allow. Memorial contributions may be made to a dedicated nursing scholarship at:, (click on the link to take you there) or mailed to Legacy Health Foundation, PO Box 4484, Portland, OR 97208. Please include a note on/with the check: Meg Tripp Mount Hood Nursing Scholarship. You may leave messages for the family at:

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