Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, and noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls, Mont. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Columbia Mortuary followed immediately by internment at Fairview Cemetery. Light refreshments will be available at The Back Room/Nite Owl afterward. Memorials may be given to Dogs for the Deaf, 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR 97502; 800-990-DOGS; or dogsforthedeaf.org. She would wish all of you Happy Trails!
Margaret was born April 5, 1937, in Lincoln, Neb., to Robert and Edith Platt. The family moved to Rock Island, where she was raised with her younger brother, Bill. She completed her schooling and attended Grinnell College, Augustana College and the University of Iowa.
It was during the serendipitous summer of 1960 that she met the love of her life, Bill Stanley. They both were working summer resort jobs in Evergreen, Colo., when he noticed "the good-looking girl across the room" in the employee cafeteria at Troutdale In The Pines. Later that summer, they both worked at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and enjoyed meeting at the local pancake house when they were done with their late night/early morning shifts. There they would share breakfast and a quiet cup of coffee together. They were engaged in December 1961 and were married Sept. 1, 1962, at Broadway Presbyterian Church in Rock Island.
Their early years were spent at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, S.C., while Bill served in the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer. Their daughter, Sheryl, was born in October 1964, and their son, Scott, was born in October 1965. After Bill's medical discharge from the service, the family moved to Coralville, Iowa, where Bill worked as a cartographer for the Geography Department and a programmer analyst for the Weeg Computer Center at the University of Iowa. Their third child, Sarah, was born in May 1973.
Margaret was a devoted wife, mother and partner with her husband in their Amway business. They were delighted to meet new people and make friends while building their business together. It was during a trip to Montana to visit their daughter Sarah and son-in-law, Don, when they became enamored with the Flathead Valley. The area reminded them of their times together in the Colorado Rockies. They built their home near Columbia Falls, Mont., and reveled in their newfound elbow room in the West. She loved their herd of miniature horses and the many dogs they had. Margaret was an animal and bird lover, and her favorites were dogs, horses and owls. Animals provided much joy and comfort to her throughout her life, and she always loved to exchange stories of pets and wild animals. She was a passionate reader of books such as history, politics, biographies, poetry, fiction and animal stories. Her recent favorites were works by C.S. Lewis, Thomas Savage, Jim Kjelgaard and Dean Koontz. She would periodically remind others that "You can't be bored if you have books!" She loved visits from family and friends and finding thoughtful gifts for her children and grandchildren.
She was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her mid 40s and developed Raynaud's Syndrome and scleroderma (GERD and CREST). In spite of the health challenges, she always maintained a good outlook on life and loved hearing about the activities of her family and seven grandchildren. "One grandchild for each day of the week!" she said.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Edith Platt; and her brother, Bill Platt. She is survived by Bill, her loving husband of 51 years, and their children and families: daughter, Sheryl Dolan, and husband, Chris, and grandchildren, Kenyon, Eva and Fiona, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; son, Scott Stanley, and wife, Sara, and grandchildren, Lydia and Carson, Urbandale, Iowa; and daughter, Sarah Copple, and husband, Don, and grandchildren, Olivette and Amelie, Dillon, Mont.
Columbia Mortuary is caring for Margaret's family. You are invited to go to columbiamortuary.com to view Margaret's tribute wall, offer condolences and share memories.
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