Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 16, 2013

Margaret Agnes Telford

ELK RAPIDS — Margaret Agnes Telford (nee Foster) was embraced by her Lord on May 25, 2013. She was born in Detroit the oldest daughter of James and Mary Foster (nee Rea) on Feb. 7, 1926.

A child of the Depression, she was a frugal saver her entire life. Suffering from a lung infection as a child, she was fortunate to recover in northern Michigan, where she discovered one of the loves of her life, Torch Lake. Margaret was raised in a two story flat with her sisters, Rea and Pat, a dog and her extended family.

She met another love of her life in adult Sunday school at Cadillac Avenue Presbyterian Church. She married Bill on Oct. 15, 1948. She had two sons, Bill and Alan, also the loves of her life.

Margaret worked her adult life as a secretary.

She had close friends from her first job that turned into the “gang” as they got married and had families of their own. The gang was like an extended family with “aunts and uncles and cousins” even though they weren’t related. Progressive dinners, card parties and Halloween parties are only a few of the good times spent with friends and their families.

Hard work and frugality along with some major prodding from her husband allowed Margaret to buy a lot on Torch Lake. A cottage was built and a lifetime of wonderful memories came from all the trips to the lake and the time spent there with family and friends.

A big adventure in her life was taking the family to Argentina when her husband Bill was transferred there. She enjoyed the culture and the wonderful people she met even if she had to rely on her sons for translation! The extended trip the family took on the way back to Michigan allowed them to see some of South and Latin America.

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