Maggie, age 94, died Nov. 5, 2010. She was born July 29, 1916, to Arnold B. and Mae C. Carter in Salesville, Mont., now Gallatin Gateway. Maggie attended school at Elk Creek, near the Madison River. As with Salesville's name change so did Elk Creek become Cherry Creek. She was raised at a ranch near Gallatin Gateway until she was 14, then she went to the Madison and lived with her dad.
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Maggie married Harold "Jack" Cain, March 1932. They had two sons, Clinton and Dan Cain. She and Jack were later divorced.
She was second cook at the Boaz Mine near Norris for two years in the late 30s and early 40s. During World War II, she worked at Merced Air Base at Merced, Calif., in an airplane factory and after a year was transferred to McClellan air base in Sacramento, Calif. She came home to Bozeman and worked in the Lovelace building making ship valves for another year and a half.
In 1944 she met and married Ted Murphy. They were in the bar and restaurant business until his death in 1955. Maggie moved to West Yellowstone in 1956, married F.D. "Frosty" Morgan in 1958. They were also in the bar and restaurant business. Frosty died in 1986.
In 1975, she joined a wagon train back to Philadelphia to mark Montana's centennial. The train arrived at Valley Forge July 4, 1976.
In March 1997, Maggie was retired in Bozeman but was house sitting for a friend in Norris. It was snowing lightly and slushy. The roads were slippery and although being careful, her car careened off the highway into the Madison River a mile from the Cherry Creek bridge. At 80 years old, she managed to exit the car and swim for the highway.
Maggie has 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, four nieces and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. There will be notice of a spring service.
Memorials are preferred to the Gallatin Rest Home in Bozeman, or a charity of choice. K&L Mortuaries & Crematory of Harrison assisted with arrangements.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Nov. 8, 2010