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Marjorie Marion Marie McCafferty (1912 - 2013)

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Marjorie Marion Marie McCafferty

Belt —Marjorie Sharrard McCafferty was born in Belt, Montana November 10, 1912. She died May 19, 2013, at a local assisted living facility in Great Falls. She was the only child of Calvin and Selma (Peterson) Sharrard.

After graduating from Belt schools, Marge attended the University of Washington in 1930-31.

She returned to Belt and in 1936 and married George McCafferty. He preceded her in death in 1992.

George was one of eleven children which instantly gave Marge a big family of relatives.

The ranch house north of Belt, which she moved into as a bride, had no electricity, nor indoor plumbing until the mid to late '40's. During her life as a rancher's wife she learned to cook large meals for branders, cattle drivers and hay crews. By the end of summer the root cellar was filled with canned goods and vegetables from the garden. Home Demonstration Club in Belt and Tiger Butte fostered her abilities in sewing, gardening and home decorating.

Marge was a talented musician. She played piano and, for many years, accompanied herself while whistling. In her childhood, she and her dad whistled duets. She played piano with local bands at dances in country schools beginning in her teen years. In the 1950's she commuted to Great Falls to work at Betty's Music Land. She leaves many piano students in Belt, Highwood and Raynesford who recall when she came to give lessons in their schools or at her home. Before moving to a care facility in Great Falls in 2011, she played the piano for Belt's Methodist Church.

Marge and George were both social beings and enjoyed the many community groups in which they took an active part. She became Worthy Grand Matron of the Eastern Star for the state of Montana in 1961.

She was equally comfortable in a long formal or dressed for fishing and hunting trips. She loved to back the truck into a grove of chokecherries to pick buckets full which she later made into syrup.

In 1967 Marge was interviewed by the Great Falls Leader.The article was titled "Life is a Song for Whistling Lady". At that time she said, "I thank God every day I have the health to live the life I do. I love my life, I love my husband and the work we do together".

In her later years, Marge looked forward to evening meals at the Senior Center in Belt, card games with friends, gatherings at the Lazy Doe in Monarch and Sundays at church. Her family is thankful she had life-long support from the people in Belt.

Survivors include daughters Connie (Russell) Strandberg of CO and Marilyn (Gary) Tallman of Monarch; grandchildren, Connie's children Todd, Neil and Glen Strandberg; and Marilyn's children, Wendi Hammond, Jeff Noble and Laurel Peters; nine great grandchildren plus several McCafferty nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is planned for June 30, 2013, 2pm at the Belt Senior Center. Croxford Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Memorial donations suggested to the Belt Education Foundation, Music Department, Belt Schools, Box 197, Belt, Montana 59412 or a .

Condolences may be shared at www.croxfordfuneralhome.com

Published in Great Falls Tribune on June 21, 2013
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