Services for Margaret "Muggs" Shorley, 80, will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, South Dakota. Pastor Deb Grismer will be officiating. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
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Margaret died on Saturday, March 15 at ManorCare Health Services.
Visitation is Wednesday, March 19 from 1-7 p.m.; the family will be present from 5-7 p.m. at Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home, 1111 S. Main St., Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Margaret "Muggs" Dunkel, daughter of Henry and Averil (Edwards) Dunkel, was born on June 28, 1933 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. This is where she was raised and attended school, graduating from Aberdeen Central High School.
Margaret was united in marriage to George Shorley Sr. on July 22, 1951 in Aberdeen. For a short time, the couple made their home in Texas while George served during the Korean Conflict.
They later returned to Aberdeen and raised their five children.
In 1974, Margaret began her employment with the Ben Franklin store in Aberdeen where she worked until 1985.
Her beloved husband died on Nov. 30, 1986. Margaret continued to make her home in Aberdeen and eventually began working for Super 8 Motel as a night auditor. She remained there for many years, retiring in 2004.
Margaret spent countless hours helping as a Girl Scout leader and spent many years teaching Sunday School. She was also a volunteer for the Senior Nutrition Meals program.
In her free time, she enjoyed reading and watching TV. During her retirement, she enjoyed spending several winters in Louisiana. Margaret's greatest joy came from the time she was able to spend with her family.
Grateful for having shared Margaret's life are her children, Gail (Mike) Hixon, Centennial, Colorado; Sheryl Lynne Coplin, Slagle; George Shorley Jr., Helena, Montana; Richard (Lisa) Shorley, Watertown, South Dakota; and Michael (Cindy) Shorley, Aberdeen South Dakota; grandchildren, Michael (Jeanne) Hixon Jr., Nathan (Melissa Hopkins) Hixon, Erik (Christine) Coplin, Sean, Sarah and Danny Shorley, Joshua and Jordan Shorley and Danielle (Andrew) Riggin; great-grandchildren, Jeffery, Cash, Hallee, Chris, Kiley, Kellen and Connor; sisters, Audrey (Jerry) Van Dover, Janice Boschee and Doris Conn; and brother Henry (Diane) Dunkel.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
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Spitzer-Miller Funeral Home
1111 S Main St Aberdeen, SD 57401
Published in Leesville Daily Leader from Mar. 19 to Apr. 18, 2014