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Obituary: Margaret Jean Mazurie

Beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend Margaret Jean Mazurie passed away on November 12, 2015 at 7:38 a.m. at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper. Margaret was born April 2, 1935 to Scots immigrants Margaret (MacKay) and Kenneth Finlayson. She was the youngest child in a family of three brothers and three sisters. She enjoyed an adventure-filled childhood always maintaining a “best friends” relationship with her sisters Catherine and Mary Ella. The family spent the winters in Lander and summers were spent at the “homestead” on the Little Beaver in the Atlantic City area. Her father was a sheep man owning his own band and working for the Gillis family. In 1951, Margaret lost her brother Kenneth, who was a twin of Catherine, in the Korean War. The family enjoyed the traditional Scottish dances and gatherings, talking often of the “good times.” [image: Inline image 1] Following high school graduation in 1953, Margaret and her parents enjoyed an ocean liner trip to Scotland. She attended the University of Wyoming achieving her degree in elementary education in just three years. While at the University, she joined Kappa Delta sorority and became an accomplished bridge player which she enjoyed throughout her life. After two years teaching in elementary schools in Casper, Margaret taught on an Air Force base near London, England. During her time in Europe, she traveled to Germany, France and Scotland before returning to the states. [image: Inline image 1] Upon returning to Lander, a friend of her father’s insisted on introducing “The Lassie” to her future husband Martin. They were wed at the Lander Methodist Church on July 20, 1963 celebrating 52 years together. In 1967, the couple was blessed with a baby boy, Christopher Warren. Two years later another bundle of joy arrived, Victor Kenneth. Margaret was active in many clubs and organizations. She was a member of the Lander Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at the Thrift Shop. She served as acting vice president for the Fremont County Valley Vocational High School Reunion committee planning out and enjoying the reunions. She was a generous donor and supported many organizations and philanthropic events. She was always the teacher, encouraging her children, grandchildren and others to continue their education. There are no words to describe the love, pride and devotion she felt for each member of her family. She said so very often “give me a minute and I’ll be there.” She was very giving of her time to many family, friends, and organizations. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Duncan, Charles, and Kenneth. She is survived by her husband Martin, sons Chris (Erica), Vic (Ronda), grandchildren Justin (fiancé Lacey) Breanna (husband Drew), Jack, Riley, Max, Eli and great grandson Roady. She is also survived by sisters Catherine Smail and Mary Ella (Don) Wolcott, sisters-in-law Jacquie Finlayson and Mary Jane Finlayson, many nieces, nephews and friends. The memorial service will be Friday, November 20, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church of Lander at 11:00 a.m. The family requests memorials be made in Margaret’s memory to the Lander Methodist Church, 262 N 3rd Street, Lander, WY 82520 or the Lander Senior Center, 205 S 10th Street, Lander, WY 82520. #county10 #news #obits