Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service

Margaret Mackin

May 24, 1926 ~ November 15, 2017

Margaret McCuaig Mackin, age 91, of Bozeman, MT passed away Wednesday, November 15, 2017 after a long battle with Dementia.  She was born on May 24, 1926 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Charles Norman and Margaret Myrtle (Hewitt) McCuaig. Due to the financial circumstances of the depression era, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Peter and Grace Evelyn (McCuaig) Charlton. She always considered herself lucky to have two sets of parents that loved and cared for her. One of her fondest childhood memories was of the Saturday morning walks she and Peter would take to the Woolworth store, where she could spend a nickel on anything she wanted. Her Uncle Peter would never question what she chose to spend her nickel on.

Margaret was a shy and quiet child who loved to read, enjoyed classical music and enjoyed history. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto, she was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern History and then a Bachelor of Library Science in 1950.  Her professional career began as a reference Librarian at the Toronto Public Library.  In 1957, she married Richard Leland Mackin in Syracuse, NY.  Dick’s work took them to Melbourne, FL, Syracuse, NY, and Billings, MT, before settling in Bozeman with their two sons, Peter and Norman. Margaret worked as a Reference Librarian at Montana State University for 21 years. She enjoyed helping the students with their research. Dick passed away in 1988. Margaret had retired and filled her time giving back to her community as she continued to “keep soldiering on”.

As a member of the League of Woman Voters, Library Association, and Daughters of the King, Margaret stayed informed about current challenges facing the community.  She volunteered with Eagle Mount, Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, Gallatin Valley Food Bank and was a mentor to one child in the Child Advancement Project (CAP) through the Bozeman School District. In that program she helped a child improve his reading skills. In 2012 she was awarded a Peacemaker award by the Community Mediation Center for being such a peace-filled person.  Activities at church and the Senior Center, including traveling to Ireland, where she kissed the Blarney Stone, kept her busy through the years. Friends would go with her to the symphony and Shakespeare plays. In her quiet time, she enjoyed reading, knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and listening to classical music. But above all she loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include her sons, Norman Mackin (Darrell Menning) and Peter Mackin (Annette); two grandchildren, Brigitte Reed (Jesse) and Taylor Mackin; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Mackin) Leslie and Anne McCuaig; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her aunt and uncle; her in-laws, Leland Harry and Elizabeth Doris (Oatman) Mackin; and her siblings, Norman McCuaig and Evelyn McCuaig Parsons.

Margaret had a strong faith in God.  “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” Micah 6:8

A Celebration of Life service officiated by the Rev. Canon Dr. Clark M. Sherman, will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, December 15, at St. James Episcopal Church in Bozeman.  Friends and family are welcome. Afterward, there will be a reception in the Parish Hall. The interment ceremony will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Margaret’s name may be made to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, PO Box 11390, Bozeman, MT  59719; Gallatin Valley Food Bank, PO Box 1129, Bozeman, MT  59771; or to St. James Episcopal Church, 5 W. Olive St., Bozeman, MT  59715. The family would like to thank the staff at Spring Creek Inn for their support and care of Margaret.