Marguerite Elizabeth (Crary) Samuel, 68, resident of Fargo and Tucson, Ariz., died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in her home, surrounded by her family and under the care of her family and Hospice of the Red River Valley where she worked eight years as a bereavement counselor.
Marguerite Samuel was born Feb. 22, 1944, at St. John's Hospital in Fargo, to Helen (Curry) and Vincent Crary Sr. She grew up in Fargo, attending St. Anthony's Catholic School and Shanley High School. She graduated in 1962. She attended her first year of college at the University of Dallas in Texas, in hopes of finding a rich Texas cowboy. After no such luck, she returned to NDSU where she met a poor cowboy and her future husband, Clarence Samuel. Marguerite spent part of her junior year abroad living in Grenoble, France, as an exchange student. She formed a relationship with the French family she lived with, the Legrands, that lasted a lifetime. Several Legrand grandchildren spent summers with her family in Fargo and several of Marguerite's children spent time in France with her "French family." Marguerite graduated from NDSU in 1965 with a degree in English. She also obtained a major in French from Moorhead State University.
Marguerite was united in marriage to Clarence Walter Samuel on Aug. 20, 1966, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Fargo. They started their life together in Fargo, living in student housing at North Dakota State University while Clarence pursued his electrical engineering degree and Marguerite taught French and English at North High and Moorhead High. In 1970 they moved to St. Paul, Minn., where Clarence attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. In 1974 they returned to Fargo where Clarence practiced at FM Animal Hospital in Moorhead and Marguerite was a homemaker. In 1977 Clarence and Marguerite built their present home on 16 acres south of Fargo. It was a home that was open to all, including foster children, relatives and friends. Marguerite and Clarence always made room if someone needed a warm bed or a hot meal. Marguerite was a creative cook who fixed some interesting meals over the years. As kids, we often wondered where the ingredients for some of her dishes came from only later did we connect the dots and realize she would "clean out the fridge" and use whatever she found for dinner. Marguerite had a large circle of friends and family and was the glue that held that group together.
In 1988, Marguerite returned to NDSU to pursue a master's degree in human development and family science. Her area of study was gerontology. She graduated in May 1990 at the age of 46 and began working at Hospice of the Red River Valley as a bereavement coordinator. In that role she counseled families of individuals who had died in the Hospice program after the death of the individual. Marguerite spent eight enjoyable years in that position.
In 2001 Marguerite and Clarence began spending winters in Tucson, Ariz. They thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent in Arizona and she leaves behind a large circle of friends in Arizona.
Marguerite is survived by: her husband, Dr. Clarence Samuel, of Fargo; and children, Mathias W. (Jennifer) Samuel, of Edina, Minn., Elizabeth (Paul) Antonenko, of Overland Park, Kan., Ann (Travis) Perkins, of Sheridan, Wyo., Luke (Janelle) Samuel, of St. Louis, Mo., Amanda (Ryan) Aaker, of Bozeman, Mont., and Dr. Walter Samuel, of Fargo. She is also survived by special nephews, Dr. Michael (Lisa) Harvey and Josh Boschee; a special niece, Brittany Cline; her 16 grandchildren; and eight brothers and sisters.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services for Marguerite will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church, Fargo.
Interment will be at Holy Cross North Catholic Cemetery, Fargo.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5 to 6 p.m. with rosary recitation at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m., at Sts. Anne & Joachim Catholic Church in Fargo.
Memories of Marguerite may be shared online at (www.boulgerfuneralhome.com).
In lieu of flowers, please send offerings to Fr. Jack Davis, a North Dakotan and former Nativity Parish priest who has served since 1975 in Chimbote, Peru (http://friends of chimbote.org) or Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.