Margaret M. Shacklett

Margaret M. ShacklettMargaret Marie Shacklett died peacefully in the home of her son, Kerry, in Reno, Nev., on Dec. 18, 2018, shortly after her 95th birthday.

She was born to Herman and Ivy Smith in Beaver County, Okla., on Dec. 7, 1923. She was one of seven children and spent most of her childhood in Greely County, Kan.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Rex E Shacklett; her sister Norna Lee; and her brothers Herman and Eldon. She was followed in death by her sister Wanda.

She is survived by her daughter, Lorinda Gayl and husband Sam Sevier; sons, Scott Shacklett and wife Gale and Kerry Shacklett; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The daughter of a farmer in the Dust Bowl during the Great Depression, she spent most of her childhood, and met her husband Rex, in California at a Greely County picnic.

She was born six years to the day later than Rex, and they didn’t know each other until that day, even though they were raised in the same small county in Kansas.

They were married in Las Vegas Nov. 2, 1942, and lived in Compton while Rex worked as a welding foreman at the Terminal Island Shipyard. She worked as a glassblower during the time Rex spent in the Merchant Marine in the South Pacific during WWII.

After the war they moved the Ridgecrest, where Rex started his chiropractic practice. They quickly put down roots and helped start Our Saviors Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. She loved to sing and saw to it that all her children could sing and play the piano.

She was an avid reader and flower gardener and participated in the PTA as well as her kids’ activities which were many and varied. She was very health conscious and had no vices other than to take an hour off every afternoon for her “soaps.” She was cheerful and kind right up to her last words, which were “I love you.”

She will be remembered most for her love of family and picking out physical traits that had been passed down from generation to generation. She kept track of her entire extended family on both sides and knew all their names and what was going on in their lives.

She spend her last years living with her daughter Lorinda and enjoying the climate and gardening in Rainier, Ore.

Her cremains will be interred in Tribune, Kan., on Aug. 12 along with her beloved sister, Wanda.

— Submitted by the family of Margaret Shacklett

Story First Published: 2019-08-09