February 1, 1943 – August 8, 2022
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, G. Michael Gillain; parents, Mary and Cornelius; sisters: Theresa (Ralph) Tabor, Francile Martin, Geraldine (Joe) Kurtz, Mary Morrison, and Patricia Martin. Margaret is survived by her children: Christine (Steven Kofoed), Kimberly (Bo) Yong, Michelle (Doug) Welchert and Michael (Tina) Gillain; 10 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren with one on the way; many nieces and nephews.
Mom enjoyed many activities. She enjoyed coloring, word searches, bingo, and of course her favorite was going to the casino. She always enjoyed her yearly trips with our father. After she moved into the nursing home, and her mobility was limited, she took back up her coloring, the word searches and playing games on her iPad. She very rarely missed a bingo game there. As her eyesight deteriorated, the nurses there made larger bingo cards for her so that she could continue to play.
Mom loved all of us, but truth be told, she loved her grandkids more! She may have not gotten to see them as often as she would have liked, but she was always talking about them and how proud of them she was. I know they will miss her very much.
When mom first received the news of cancer, she was very optimistic. Her oncologist also had a positive outlook as well. Once they received all the test results back and had seen that the cancer had overtaken her body, she decided against moving forward with treatment. They had only given her a few weeks, and from the initial diagnosis until she gained her wings was only 7 weeks. I often asked her at night while sitting with her if she was scared, and her response was always, “NO! I have lived a good life; much longer than I ever thought I would have!” She beat the odds time after time, and looking back, she did have a good life, and she lived it the way she wanted to.
Mom….your wings were ready, my heart was not.
SERVICE: Monday, August 15, 2022, 10:30AM, West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: Hillcrest Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to Poor Claire Sisters.