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Margaret Anne Lais

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Margaret Anne Lais Obituary
Margaret A. Lais passed away peacefully on September 15, 2017 in Riverside, Ca. Born Margaret Anne Barnes on March 11,1924, to Claude and Ruth {Newman) Barnes In Kansas City, Missouri.
Margaret attended Topeka High School and married her high school sweetheart, Cecil A. Lais, in 1941. She traveled the world as a military wife while raising their 5 children, Ron Lais (Julia), Diane Castleman (Larry), Cynthia Shelley (Rob), Ruth Cornell (Gary), and Jack Lais (Karen). Over time, Margaret continued her education earning her masters degree in child development from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. She was the owner and director of the University Children's Center and Pre School in Riverside, Ca. for 41 years (1967-2008). In 2004, Margaret was honored by the California Legislature Assembly and the YWCA of Riverside County as a Woman of Achievement for her exemplary record of civic leadership. She officially retired as the director of her center in 2005 at the age of 81.
Margaret shared her husband's passion for flying and became a pilot in her fifties. She also enjoyed playing a little piano and painting floraIs and landscapes. Most importantly, she was a wonderful mother of 5, grandmother of 8, and great grandmother of 9.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Roy, her husband Cecil, and her granddaughters Claudia and Lisa. Margaret will be laid to rest alongside her husband of nearly 75 years, at Riverside National Cemetery. We miss her terribly and will love her always.
The family would like to extend their most sincere gratitude to all the staff at Sunrise and Raincross Senior Living facilities for the loving care she received.
Donations can be made in Margaret's memory to .
Published in Press-Enterprise from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23, 2017
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