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Margaret Kitt Clapper Schrader

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BLOOMINGTON, MINN. Margaret "Peggy" Kitt Clapper Schrader, 92, a resident of Great Falls for nearly 60 years, died following a brief illness Saturday, Mar. 23, in Bloomington, Minn.

A memorial service will be held in Minnesota in April.

Born to Robert and Alice Frisby Kitt in Stevensville, on Nov. 17, 1920, she grew up in Missoula and graduated from the University of Montana in 1943 with a major in nutrition and dietetics. She married James Clapper in 1943, and the two moved to Cut Bank, where they lived with their two daughters until his death from cancer in 1950. In 1951, she married Herman Schrader, and the family moved to Great Falls in 1953, where she lived until 2012.

She worked in political campaigns for Eisenhower, Nixon and Goldwater and on local and state campaigns and served in various capacities for the Montana State Republican Party. She was a member of the Wednesday Afternoon Book Study Club, the Salvation Army Auxiliary, American Auxiliary of University Women, Chapter AR of PEO, the 20th Century Club and was a longtime member of First Congregational United Church of Christ.

In 1966, she began working for the Cascade County Department of Family and Human Services, serving as a social worker, a supervisor and an adoptive resource worker. In the fifteen years she worked as a social worker, she was involved in the placement of 100 children in adoptive homes.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Clapper and Herman Schrader; and a brother, Robert Kitt, Jr.

She is survived by her daughters, Alice Clapper of San Antonio, Texas; Peggy (Linda) Clapper Koskela of Bellingham, Wash., and Elizabeth Schrader Helgen of Edina, Minn.; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her sister, Betsy Forbes of Billings.

The family prefers that memorials be directed to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Great Falls Public Library, or to the donor's choice.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 26, 2013
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