Saxon, Margaret J.
Margaret Saxon, age 94, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at Renaissance Assisted Living in De Pere, Wisconsin.
She is survived by her son, Michael; daughter, Mary Liddy; grandchildren, Maureen and James Liddy; son-in-law, Brian Liddy; daughter-in-law, Cristina Saxon; sister, Lillian "Snooky" Sullivan; and numerous nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Alex; and her sister, Elizabeth Ameche.
Margaret was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 16, 1919, to parents Mae and Harry Harris. She graduated with honors from Trinity High School for girls in River Forest, Illinois. While in high school, Margaret won a history contest that awarded her with a trip to Washington, D.C., to observe President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inauguration.
Margaret's favorite childhood memories included traveling with her parents, sisters and collie dog, BJ on annual summer vacations to her mother's home in Rochester, New York, and her father's home in Cheboygan, Michigan.
Following high school graduation, Margaret attended her father's alma mater, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she earned a BA Degree in English in 1941.
At the U of M, Margaret met her future husband Alex Saxon, who worked as a student-waiter at her Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority House. They married in 1944 at St. Mel's Church in Chicago, Illinois.
During her career, Margaret worked in social services at Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, until she decided to be a fulltime mom and raise her children.
In 1960, Margaret and her family moved from Deerfield to Springfield, Illinois, where she and Alex lived for 40 years. While in Springfield, Margaret, a devout Catholic, was an active member of Christ the King Church and volunteered at Griffin and Sacred Heart High Schools where her children attended. She was also involved in the local alumni chapter of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and was a member of the Thomas Rees Carillon Society.
During their leisure time, Margaret and Alex were loyal followers of their alma mater's sports teams, as well as those of the University of Illinois, where their son and daughter attended. Many of their fall Saturdays were spent tailgating in Champaign, Illinois, as well as other Big Ten campuses.
In their later years, Margaret and her husband enjoyed traveling, especially to their children's homes and to their favorite winter vacation spot in Destin, Florida, where they would meet up with friends from Springfield, dine out and play bridge.
In 2000, Margaret and Alex moved to De Pere, Wisconsin, to be closer to their grandchildren. They became members of Our Lady of Lourdes Church where they were active parishioners. Margaret was also a loyal fan of her newly adopted professional team, the Green Bay Packers. Her favorite players were Donald Driver, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Recently, Margaret enjoyed her day by going out to lunch, visiting with loved ones, reading and watching "Dancing with the Stars."
A local visitation service will be held at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Avenue, from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday July 20, with a short prayer service at 4 p.m. A memorial Mass will be held at St. Vincent Ferrer Church at 7525 West North Avenue in River Forest, Illinois, on Saturday, August 2, at 10 a.m. (visitation beginning at 9:00 a.m.).
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given on behalf of Margaret Saxon to her favorite charity the
at www.stjude.org/tributes or by calling 1-800-822-6344.
Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
The Saxon and Liddy families would like to extend a special thank you to Margaret's longtime primary care physician Dr. Raymond Bachhuber and the caring staffs of Renaissance Assisted Living and Unity Hospice. They also gratefully acknowledge sisters Carol Salentine and Lucy Ebben who served as Margaret's personal night angels and dedicated caregivers. Finally, they will remain forever indebted to Bonnie and Curt Warren who became Margaret's extended family, providing her with loving care, transportation and friendship for the last seven years.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on July 19, 2014