Mrs. Margaret K. Carnes, 98, passed away Jan. 4, 2013 at the Anchorage Pioneer Home. There will be a celebration of life held at 2 – 4 p.m., Jan. 13, 2013 at the Wasilla Senior Center. Steven Schwartz from Church on the Rock will be officiating. There will be a graveside service in Royalton, Minn. at a later date. Margaret was born March 14, 1914 in Little Falls, Minn. to Clifford and Ann Tidd. Margaret was a devoted Nazarene, Gideon Auxiliary for 60 years and volunteered her time for the Prison Fellowship program in Las Cruces, N.M. Margaret has received many Senior Olympic medals - local, state and national – and has also participated in the Volksmarch. The family wrote, "A special lady who, with Ken, adopted three children four months apart in age. She loved outdoor sports and made many friends in the Las Cruces Bike+Chowder Club. At 90, she had a swim pass to Wasilla High School Pool. She started teaching in 1941, retiring in her 80s as a substitute teacher with the Las Cruces Public Schools. She started a birthday club for those sharing her birthday - it met for 45 years. Gospel music was a big part of her life, taking voice lessons in her 70s to perform in competitions. As a Gideon Auxiliary member for 60 years, she placed many Bibles in offices wherever she lived. She was active in the Prison Ministries playing piano and trying to help ladies in recovery. She and Ken felt it was important for their children to know as much as possible about their birth families, spending many hours bringing them together. Her church was a source of great joy." Margaret is survived by her daughter, Bonita K Carroll (Richard) of Wasilla, Alaska; brother, Charles K Carnes (Francis) of Rialto, Calif.; granddaughters, Josette Willcox of Palmer, Alaska; Linda Stotler (Danny) of Wasilla; Collette Carnes of Arlington, Va.; grandson, Eric Pieper of Oroville, Calif.; great grandchildren and extended family member, Bea Kuykendall of Ennis, Texas - birth sister of Bonita Carroll. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth S Carnes; daughter, Beverly A Buzbee and parents, Clifford and Ann Tidd. Memorial donations may be made to the Spanish Nazarene Church, 1025 Maple, Las Cruces, NM 88001; Gideon's Int'l, P.O. Box 3217, Las Cruces, NM 88001 and the Prison Fellowship, P.O. Box 1550, Merrifield, VA 22116-1550. Arrangements were cared for by Valley Funeral Home. Please visit Margaret's online obituary and guestbook at alaskanfuneral.com
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 13, 2013