Margaret L. Slater Gifford Harkin

Feb. 5, 1925 – Aug. 23, 2014

Margaret L. Slater Gifford Harkin
Margaret L. Slater Gifford Harkin

Margaret L. Slater, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.  She was born on Feb. 5, 1925, to Roy Slater and Clara Trapp in Deerfield, Mo. She was the oldest of five children.

On Aug. 10, 1942, she married Arthur Gifford and to this union five children were born. Arthur and Margaret farmed and ranched on Crystal Creek and in Deaver and Lovell for many years. When her husband Arthur became ill, she traveled to Denver to be trained to administer dialysis to him on a machine they had in their home for 13 years. They were married for 43 years.

Margaret worked as a waitress at Dude’s Café and as a cook at Trailways Café.  She also worked at the canning factory, Western Sugar Company and the North Big Horn Senior Center.  She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for many years.

She married Marvin Harkin in 1986 and they lived in Frannie and Arizona until his death. After Marvin’s death, Margaret lived in assisted living in Lovell, Absoraka Senior Living in Cody and the New Horizons Care Center in Lovell.  

She is survived by her five children: Clara (Bobby) Tanner of Campo, Colo., Ed (Margie) Gifford of Byron, Vickie (Monte) Ellis of Laramie, Mary Joy of Parma, Ohio, and Bill (Kim) Gifford of Lovell.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, sisters Stella Hocken and Hazel Bjornestad of Powell and brother Steve (Donna) of Billings. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Berniece and husbands Arthur and Marvin.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lovell.  Interment will be in the Lovell Cemetery.  Haskell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

 In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association in Margaret’s name.

To send one of our special floral arrangements, please call Valley Flowers & Gifts in Lovell, 307-548-7101