Margaret A. Myers, 78, Minot, formerly of Columbus, passed away, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
Margaret Ann LaRocque was born Dec. 27, 1933, to Ferdinand and Elizabeth Sissons LaRocque in Estevan, Sask. She grew up attending a one-room school house and riding an unruly pony to school.
She met Joseph Calvin Myers Sr. at a dance in Larson and they were wed on Nov. 29, 1950, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, in Estevan, Sask. To this union were born seven children, Joseph Jr. (Margaret), Grand Forks, Marcie Pedersen (Don), Fort Lauderdale, John, Brighton, Colo., Mick (Jane) Grafton, Brian (Martha) Asheville, S.C., Mary, Minot. Her grandchildren include Angie (Harry), Jackie (Clay), Hayley (Nick), Lindy (Jonathon), Bonnie and Madeline. Her great-grandchildren are Harrison, Kayla, Chase, Lexis, Ellie and Zoe.
Cal preceded Margaret in death on May 24, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Ferd and Beth LaRocque; a sister, Marcie; a brother, Eddie; and a son, Jim.
Margaret was active in bowling, golf, bridge, Columbus Improvement League, Homemakers, American Legion Auxiliary, St. Michael's Altar Society and was an EMT. Margaret was an excellent swimmer. She also served many years on the Columbus election board. She was an avid supporter of her children in their many endeavors but drew the line at football, which she found hard to watch and showed each son as he joined how to launder "those smelly things." When the last child entered school, she began working at the Columbus Bank where she worked for many years, including time in Crosby when the bank moved there. She wrangled the family when they went camping and even made matching shirts for one trip. She loved reading and inspired her children to do so as well. Margaret had a beautiful voice and shocked the whole family when an old piano from a neighbor made its way into the Myers household and many old standards flowed from the keys. Margaret and Cal spent a lot of time fishing and she was known as the superior fisherman. She loved playing pinochle, especially when she could sit to the right of Cal and get the last bid. Cal and Margaret loved traveling, including trips to Ireland and Alaska. They spent many years going to Mission, Texas, and recently moved to Minot. When she could convince Cal, she enjoyed the occasional trip to the casino to play nickel slots. She was a loving mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Funeral service: Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Catholic Church, Noonan.
Burial: Columbus Cemetery, Columbus.
Visitation and vigil service: Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. with the vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials are preferred to an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wishing to sign the online guest register or share memories of Margaret may access the online obituaries at (www.thompsonlarson.com).