She was born February 26, 1924, in Scranton, North Dakota, to James and Amy (Williams) Maney. Margaret married Thomas “Tuck” Leger on October 14, 1941.
Margaret and Tuck returned to South Dakota upon his discharge after World War II. The family lived in Buffalo SD until 1962 when they moved to Montana to ranch. In 1967 they moved their family to Upton.
Margaret had many artistic talents, including baking and decorating cakes, sewing and crochet, and she was also an avid reader. Her first wedding cake was made for her oldest daughter and she continued to make the wedding cakes for most of her children, as well as several friends and neighbors.
It was important to Margaret to help make her kids weddings special, making several wedding and bridesmaid dresses. She was able to do all this and keep the square container of frozen cookies full, pies and brownies on the counter and a spotless home.
After raising her children, she needed more to do so she went to work at the C-K clothing store in Upton. She was active in the VFW Auxiliary, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, MRS Club and book clubs. She deservedly received the honor of “Mother of the Year” for 1983, from the MRS club.
In her later years she let her adventurous side show! For her 80th birthday she went skydiving, and for her 90th she took a hot air balloon ride with a few grandchildren. She was also able to enjoy a river boat cruise with her daughters. Margaret enjoyed sharing her adventures, knowledge and love with her family.
After the death of her husband, Margaret moved into Antelope Heights Senior housing in Upton where she enjoyed many close friendships. In October of 2017 she moved to the Sundance Assisted Living where she stayed until she went to rest.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Amy; husband, Tuck Leger; three daughters, Neva Stugelmeyer, Bonnie Strobel and Ila Leger; two sons, Dean Leger and Jim Leger; an infant daughter; four toddler siblings; two sisters, Neola Lamphere and Elaine Verhulst; three sons-in-law, Ed Burr, Rick Kipp and Stan Cowing; and a grandson, Jay Stugelmeyer.
She is survived by eight children, Twyla Burr of Upton, Wendy Kipp of Sundance, Wyoming, Mary Cowing of Mankato, Minnesota, Ed (Connie) Leger of Vancouver, Washington, Richard Leger of Mossyrock, Washington, Patty (Gordon) Deromedi of Worland, Wyoming, Jackie (Gene) Meier of Fort Collins, Colorado and Jack (Lynne) Riley of Minneapolis, Minnesota; a sister, Collie Lermeny of Buffalo, South Dakota; three sons-in-law, Delbert Stugelmeyer, Al Strobel and Lennie Skillingstad; two daughters-in-law, Linda Leger and Pat Mollenbrink.
Mass will be held Friday, July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Upton Elementary Auditorium in Upton.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 7 at 2 p.m. at the Upton Elementary Auditorium. Prior to the funeral Saturday, there will be a luncheon and sharing of memories from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the family present.
An online guest book is available at klinefuneralchapel.com.