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Margie I. (Austin) Rawlinson
April 4, 1929 ~ May 1, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Margie was born in Chaseley, North Dakota on April 4,1929, to George and Ruth Austin. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at the home of her son and daughter-in-law in Buckeye, Arizona on May 1, 2023, at the age of 94.
Margie's family moved from North Dakota to White Pine, Montana when she was 4 years old. She attended and graduated 8th grade from the one room schoolhouse in White Pine. She went on to high school in Thompson Falls where she either stayed in the old dormitory, rode a bus, or shared a cabin in town with her sister, Geraldine. She graduated in 1947 and soon after was married.
Margie had 2 children, Mick and Darlene, with Lawrence Lacock. Later she married Charles Doty and with him, had 2 more children, Paul and Lois.
In 1963, she and her 4 children moved to San Juan Capistrano, California to start a new life, living with her sister, Lucretia and family. It was there that she graduated from Beauty School and worked as a beautician until age 80. She also worked as a waitress in a coffee shop and later would spend 18 years at a dinner house where she was much loved by all those whom she served.
She eventually moved from California to Oregon and took up several kinds of dancing, including Square Dancing, attending a large Jamboree in Salt Lake City. She ended up marrying the Square Dance Caller and continued dancing! She also taught line dancing in Salem, Oregon and continued to work as a Beautician. Margie was an active member of The Red Hat Society in Oregon as well as, later in Montana, getting together as a group every 2 weeks for lunch and to visit and reminisce.
In 2013 she moved back to her roots in Sander's County, Montana and has kept busy with crocheting, knitting, gardening, canning fruits and vegetables and her famous Jalapeno jelly and Christmas fruit cakes! She also has sewn and donated over 200 dresses for little girls in Belize, Central America.
In the fall of 2021, Margie moved to Arizona to live with her son Mick and his wife Rhonda.
Margie is survived by 2 daughters, Darlene Krzcuik in Virginia and Lois Brongo (Husband Steve) in Rochester, New York, her eldest son Mick McKelvey (Wife Rhonda) of Buckeye, AZ. Two sisters, Delilah Ginther in Salem, Oregon and Lucretia Sorenson in Trout Creek, Montana.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Geraldine and Opal, brother Lloyd and her youngest son Paul, whose passing in 2021 left his mom with a broken heart.
Margie was loved by all who knew her and will be remembered by for her loving, kind, gentle, caring and giving personality.
Rest in peace, Margie. You've lived a colorful life filled with love of family, friends, and God.