Margaret was born at home on Bow Creek near Stockton, Kansas, on October 18, 1925. She passed away on July 3, 2019 in Longmont. She grew up on the family farm, the second of 4 children of George Alexander and Viola Cramer Muir. She grew up near her large extended family, all of them living on homesteads that still belong to the family today. Her childhood was filled with aunts, uncles, cousins and lots of hard work on the farm. Margaret always shared how her dad would sell a hog to buy shoes and clothes for the start of school. She walked the legendary 2 miles to High Hill School with her older brother and younger sister—no matter how cold it was. Of course, that was after chores were finished early, before breakfast. She loved raising her Rhode Island Red chickens for extra money for the family. There was always lots of work to be done, but Sunday was for church and dinner at Grandma’s with the whole family there.
Margaret was able to attend and graduate from Stockton High School in 1943. She often stayed in town with her friend Laura’s family when the weather was bad. She and Laura remained close friends into their 90’S.
Margaret got her first job during high school at the county court house. She went to the court house and volunteered to work for free so she could work in an office typing and taking shorthand. She didn’t work long until she began getting paid. After high school, Margaret attended Brown Mackey School of Business while working at Smoky Hill Army Air Base in Salina, KS. After the war was over she began college at Ft. Hays College. She joined Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and was a lifelong active member. She met her husband, Gerald Eugene Perdue, while they were both attending college. He was just back from WWII and they met at a dance at his fraternity house. They married in 1948 and lived and raised their family in Norton, Kansas. Marge, as she became known, was a housewife, and later worked for attorneys and at the county court house. In 1967, she and Gene realized a longtime dream when they moved to Colorado. They had spent many family vacations here and loved the mountains.
Marge found a job at Ball Corp. as an administrator for 37 engineers working on microchips and antennas. Her boss was known as the father of microchip technology. Most of the contracts in her division were with NASA and the military. She loved being part of that and worked there for 25 years before retirement.
After moving to Colorado and building their country home, Marge and Gene spent their time bowling, golfing, and boating and camping throughout Colorado with family. Gene passed away in 1978. Since Marge loved being on the go, she began planning trips and traveling the world. She could never pick a favorite trip—she loved them all. She traveled with friends and often with her daughter, Linda. Marge filled numerous photo albums with pictures of her many trips.
Marge also loved to play bridge and, after retirement, she played 2 or 3 times a week. She was a regular at Curves, exercising with her good friends Marcia, Maryjane, and Cecilia. Outings with Marge almost always included a Starbucks. Linda often said, “Mom never drives by a Starbucks!”
Marge was the glue that kept her family members connected—her siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her annual trips back to the family farms were very important to her.
Her life revolved around her grandsons, Sean and Ryan. Marge loved spending time in the mountains with them, having picnics and hiking. She was lucky to live near them always and be a part of holidays, birthdays, hockey games and golf tournaments. Holidays were for family! Everyone was to be together at her house on Christmas Eve and at Linda’s for Christmas Day. Birthdays were special to her, as well. Everyone was remembered whether family or friend.
Marge’s great grandchildren completed her family. When Sean, and his wife, Janeene, added Mattie and Bowen to the family, she was thrilled. Her great grandchildren were the light in her eyes. She loved being with them and showing off pictures of them. Marge became their Gigi. She was looking forward to her grandson Ryan’s wedding to Michele and talked constantly about the plans being made.
Marge lived life her way. There was a right way and a wrong way for everything. She expected you to choose the right way every time. Marge was fiercely independent and was determined to do everything for herself and in her way. She was possibly the least assisted resident at Brookdale Assisted Living where she resided for the last 2 years of her life. She was determined to do for herself. Marge had definite opinions and would share them whether she was asked or not. She never held anything back. Her unstoppable spirit will be missed by all of her family and her friends.
Marge is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Jim Brown, two grandsons, Sean and Janeene Brown, and Ryan Brown and his fiancé, Michelle Bronowski, and two great grandchildren, Mattie and Bowen Brown. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Marge was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister and their spouses, and two daughters, Donna Jean and Virginia Kaye.
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