Margaret Thompson Lehrkind died in Bozeman on March 19, 2012. She was 98. She was a resident of Birchwood at Hillcrest at the time of her passing. She was born Dec. 22, 1913 in Cando, N.D., the daughter of Roberta Heckman Thompson and Harry Hancock Thompson. She was the second youngest of five children, two brothers and two sisters.
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The family divided their time between the farming community of Cando and Long Beach, Calif. Margaret fondly remembered, at a very young age, driving her father in a Model T Ford through the countryside around Cando while he inspected the crops. During the time spent in Long Beach, she became an accomplished swimmer in the surf of Southern California. Margaret attended the Cando High School from 1928 to 1932. She attended the University of North Dakota from 1932 to 1936. She graduated in 1936 with a BA of Fine Arts. She graduated with honors and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After graduation she attended the Minneapolis Art Institute.
In the fall of 1936, she accepted employment as an art instructor at Montana State College in Bozeman. Shortly thereafter, she met and married Carl Lehrkind Jr. Her life was centered on her family, church activities, her husband's involvement in public life, and her art. She enjoyed skiing with her husband and children in the winter and golf during the summer. Margaret was a member of Saint James Episcopal Church. She was a 65 year member of P.E.O. Chapter AG. Margaret and Carl were among the founding members of Riverside Country Club. After Carl died, she spent her winters in Mesa, Ariz. with several friends playing golf and enjoying the sun.
She is survived by her three sons, Carl III (Sally) of Bozeman, Harry (Nancy) of Piedmont, Calif., and Robert (Shelley) of Bozeman. She had eight grandchildren and one step-grandchild, and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roberta and Harry Thompson; her husband, Carl Lehrkind Jr.; two sisters Geraldine and Maxine; and two brothers, Fountain and Harry.
Cremation has taken place. A church service, interment, and a celebration of life will be announced in the future.
Memorial donations may be made in her honor to Saint James Episcopal church, 5 West Olive, Bozeman, MT 59715, or Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd, Ste. 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Margaret will be remembered as a devoted wife, caring mother and an elegant lady.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Mar. 28, 2012