Marguerite Arlene Buckingham, a resident of Kosciusko County for more than 70 years, passed away Friday, June 2, at 3:30 p.m. at Grace Village Healthcare Center, Winona Lake. She was 104 years old.
Marguerite was born Jan. 18, 1913, in Peru. She was the daughter of Charles and Emma H. (Doud) Balsbaugh. She was a 1931 graduate of Mexico High School, Mexico, Indiana, and a 1935 graduate of Manchester College, earning a two-year teaching certificate. After graduation, she taught elementary school in Denver, Indiana.
On May 10, 1936, Marguerite was married to Herman L. Buckingham in Mexico, Indiana. In 1945, Marguerite and Herman moved to a farm house between Leesburg and Oswego. In 1950, they moved to their home on Oswego Lake.
Marguerite was a member of Leesburg United Methodist Church where she had served as president of United Methodist Women and Sunday school superintendent. She also helped with dinners at the church and with the Lions Club. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for which she received a 50-year membership pin.
She enjoyed knitting and oil painting. During the early 1970s, she opened The Spinning Wheel, a small knit shop, in Oswego. There she sold sewing and knitting supplies and patterns.
She was a loving, patient mother and grandmother who enjoyed time spent on Oswego Lake with family. She always had chocolate chip oatmeal cookies prepared for grandchildren, resulting in them nicknaming her "Cookie Grandma."
Marguerite is survived by her daughter, Lois (Al) Snipes of Warsaw; two sons, George (Martha) Buckingham of Goshen and Fredric (Diane) Buckingham of Punta Gorda, Florida. Additionally, she is survived by eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Herman, who preceded Marguerite in passing May 17, 1989, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Balsbaugh, and son-in-law, Larry Gill.
The family will receive friends in a time of sharing and visitation from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw.
A funeral service to celebrate Marguerite's life will take place Sunday afternoon, June 11, beginning at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Layne Sumner of Fellowship Baptist Church, Warsaw, officiating.
Burial will follow at Oswego Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Leesburg United Methodist Church, 111 W. Prairie St., P.O. Box 175, Leesburg, IN 46538, or to a charity of the donor's choosing.
The staff of Titus Funeral Home considers it a privilege to care for the family and friends of Marguerite A. Buckingham.
Published on June 6, 2017