On Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, Margaret Eileen Madsen Hodges died unexpectedly at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
Mom was born Dec. 22, 1932, the daughter of Loyal Mathew Madsen and Lenora Eileen Madsen. She had three older brothers, Bob, Keith and Darwin, and was followed by her sister, Kathy, her brother, Kenneth, and another brother, Pete.
When she was little, her dad always called her "Dewey" because when her mom or dad asked the kids to do something, she would always say "Margie do," Margie do." This willingness to serve stayed with her.
Mom attended Rigby High School, where she was a cheerleader and a participant in many sports. In her senior year, while she was working at Idaho Drug, she met Stan Olson who, being handsome and smart, swept her off her feet. They were married in January 1951. To this union Maralyn Eileen was born Nov. 2, 1951, and Brett Stanford was born May 6, 1958. Shortly after Brett was born, Mom and Dad divorced.
She met John "Jay" Ahrendsen while working at the Hatch Clinic, and for a second time she was swept off her feet. They were married Nov. 1, 1959. John Tylan was born July 20, 1960, and Robert Sid on June 8, 1961. They later divorced.
She met Everett Hodges in 1970; they were married March 22, 1971. She brought her four children to the marriage and Everett brought his two sons, Hal and Kim.
Mom began working for Sybil Ferguson at the Diet Center. She gained the knowledge to operate several franchises in other states.
Mom served as Primary, Young Women's and Relief Society President. And felt that serving others was one of her choicest blessings. Mom was generous and always "giving unto others," whether financially or in her ability to listen and comfort others.
Mom was a phenomenal cook and enjoyed feeding her family and many friends. She truly loved to have her family come "Home for the Holidays" and sit down to a beautifully decorated table with delicious food.
Mom's life centered on her family and the gospel. One of her greatest blessings was doing temple sealings every week for several years.
After Everett died, Mom continued to live in Teton. Later she moved into Pine Brook Assisted Living. She loved the staff and they loved her. Several of them visited at the hospital. We are very grateful that they took such great care of our mom.
Mom has one daughter, Maralyn Olson; and three sons, Brett Olson and his wife Carol, Ty Ahrendsen, and Rob Ahrendsen and his wife Carol. She has 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, in whom she delights.
She is preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband and her son, Ty.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18. Burial will be in Rigby Pioneer Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.eckersellfuneralhome.com.