Esther "Margaret" Longwell Kavel, 95, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in T or C.
She was born on Sunday, Aug. 26, 1917, "somewhere in the Penasco area of the Sacramento Mountains in N.M." to Thomas Benjamin and Mamie S. (Baca) Longwell.
She was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy where she met her husband, Peter Kavel, who preceded her in death in 2007.
She served God, her country and the community of Alamogordo.
"I have worked with handicapped children at the Zia Therapy Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico and helped establish the Zia Thrift Store which helps support the center. My volunteer time extended over 10 years working twice a week."
She was Christ's personification of Faith, Works and Love for God's two greatest commandments.
Margaret is survived by her children, Margaret "Peggy" Folz ,of Phoenix, Darryl F. Kavel, Roberta Y. Kavel, both of Alamogordo, Michael Kavel, of Los Lunas and Karen Canupp, of San Antonio, Texas; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1114 Indiana Ave., Alamogordo, with Rev. Dr. Thomas Arrowsmith-Lowe, SOSc officiating. As Mom would have wanted, the service is open to everyone.
Should friends desire, contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church and/or The Zia Therapy Center.
The Kavel family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org.
Our G.I. Joes and Janes didn't need a summons
To rally to the call
For God and country they give their all Personal matters relegated to the shelf
To this I can relate
Yet, each true to self-
Never questioning one's fate
They learn to take orders and to serve
They are their brother's keeper
To protect and preserve
Our Heroes, I laud them long and loud-
Of them, I am mighty proud.
One of Them,
U.S. Navy Veteran WW2
Margaret Kavel © 1996
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 7 to Dec. 13, 2012