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Margaret Kling-Kincaid

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Margaret Kling-Kincaid

A host of friends and family of Margaret Kling-Kincaid are saddened by her death on July 13, 2020 at the young age of 100 and just short of her next birthday.

She was born Margaret Ann Steele on September 19, 1919 to John Ernest and Betty Richardson Steele in Italy, Texas. She grew up in Kemp, Texas in the home of her wonderful Grandmother Richardson, along with her mother, sister, and two brothers. Her grandfather, who was then deceased, was a Baptist circuit rider preacher, the Rev. Dempsey Richardson.

In 1939, Margaret married Harold Peter “Pete” Kling In Kemp, Texas. They lived mostly in Big Spring, Texas where daughter, Louise Ann, was born in 1944, Pete served in the Air Force during World War II, and Margaret followed him everywhere until he went overseas to the Pacific. Shortly thereafter, the new family moved to Clovis, New Mexico where Pete pursued pharmacy studies. It was there in 1946 that son, John Ellis, was born.

In 1951, they moved to Roswell and opened Pete Kling Pharmacy which also had a gift shop in the store. Margaret was store manager and has regaled folks over the years with humorous stories of happenings with customers. A favorite was the time that Buster Thompson, a local rancher, rode his horse into the pharmacy! She was not amused then and turned him out and shooed him out of the store.

The family joined First United Methodist Church immediately on moving to Roswell. Margaret felt it a privilege to serve in many capacities: kitchen patrol, member of most boards, and taught Sunday School from first grade to the fellowship class. She always said she learned more than she taught. She was especially proud of her name being etched with those outside the entrance to the new Church building. At that time, she served as a trustee.

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It was through the church that the Kling and Bill Bonham families became entwined as one in friendship. They spent all the years enjoying activities and traveling together. Betty and Margaret enjoyed travels to European countries as well as places in this country. Margaret loved playing bridge, especially when she won, and most especially when she could defeat Bill at his infamous 3 no-trump bids! Her failing vision didn’t stop her from playing cards only until recent months.

In 1989, Margaret wed Deward A. “Ken” Kincaid. They enjoyed traveling across the country and had many happy times together. He passed away in August 1994.

Her greatest joys could be summed up as traveling, cooking, gardening, membership in P.E.O., family, and her church. She will be greatly missed by us.

She was preceded in death by her parents, all of her siblings, her daughter, Louise Ann Pearson, and both husbands.

She is survived by her son, John Kling and wife Mary of Roswell, her son-in-law, Ralph Pearson of Houston, TX, her grandson, John Pearson and wife Lissa of Houston, TX, two great granddaughters, Katherine Pearson and Mae Pearson of Houston, TX, and that aforementioned host of friends who are too many to mention.

The family would like to thank all the wonderful caregivers and Kindred Hospice for their great care of Margaret.

A celebration of Margaret’s life will be held Friday, July 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Roswell. We strongly urge you to WEAR A MASK. She will be privately interred in South Park Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Cowboy Bell Scholarship fund at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Roswell, NM 88201, or charity of your choice.

Please take a moment and share a kind thought or memory with Margaret’s family at www.andersonbethany.com.

Margaret’s tribute was written in her honor by her family.

 

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