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Margie Rankin


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Margie Rankin Obituary
Margie Ann Rankin died at her home in Las Cruces, NM on August 16 after battling brain cancer for the past 20 months. Margie had a strong faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She has lived her life in His refuge, strength, and wisdom. Even through this tough chapter, she fought hard, trusted God and always had a smile to share. She was 78 years old, born March 15, 1939 in Williams, Arizona to Damon Upton and Marie Elizabeth Bond. She married Bobby Joe Rankin, who survives her, on September 5, 1959. This wonderful woman will be dearly missed by friends and family.
In addition to Bobby, Margie is survived by: daughter, Trina Davis and her husband, Bruce of Springer, NM; daughter, Amy Rankin and her husband Doug Pickett, of Taos, NM; two grandsons: Benjamin Rankin Davis and his wife, Rachel Lyn and John Damon Davis; niece, Karla Marie Bond Peterson and family of Sierra Vista AZ; and nephew, Mark Wayne Bond and family of Carlsbad, NM.
Margie was preceded in death by her parents and her two brothers, Paul Wayne Bond and Damon Michael Bond, all of Carlsbad, NM.
Margie grew up on the Bond family ranch east of Carlsbad. During the severe 1950's drought, the Bonds temporarily moved their cattle and family to Henrietta, OK, where Margie attended high school. Margie earned an Associates' degree at Oklahoma State University then moved to Las Cruces in 1961 when Bob was employed at NMSU. Margie studied art and completed a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Education at NMSU. She was passionate about education and was a beloved and award-winning teacher for many years in Las Cruces at University Hills and Hillrise Elementary schools. Her love for teaching carried over to many years of service in the First United Presbyterian Church where she was a member and leader since the 1960s.
Due to Margie's ranching roots, agriculture remained an important part of her life. Her students enjoyed her Ag in the classroom programs, she was a member of the NM Farm Bureau, NM Cattle Growers, and NM CowBelles. Following retirement from each of their first careers, Bob and Margie ranched in Colfax county, east of Springer, NM.
Margie also served on NMSU Foundation Board in the past and energetically supported the ACES and the NMSU Art Departments.
Above all these activities Margie's family and friends always came first. She was our cheerleader and champion. She loved friends deeply and served tirelessly.
We want to thank all Margie's friends for your support during her illness.
A memorial service will be held August 26, 11 am at the First United Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Boutz, Las Cruces. Getz Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Should anyone like to make a memorial donation, Margie requested they be made to First Presbyterian Church, NMSU Foundation – Margie Rankin Endowed Art Fund, or The Ranches (NM Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation).
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Aug. 20, 2017
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