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Margaret (Shafer) Golden

January 3, 1916 ~ November 11, 2018 (age 102)


Margaret Golden, age 102, of Spring Valley, died Sunday, November 11, 2018 at her home at Valley Villas.

Visitation will be on Monday, December 3, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spring Valley with a time of sharing at 7 p.m.

Memorial service will be Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart.

Burial in St Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, El Paso, at a letter date.

Margaret Golden of El Paso Township passed away on November 11, 2018 at the age of 102. Margaret and husband Allen operated a purebred holstein dairy farm near El Paso.  She was born January 3, 1916 to Matthew and Julia Shafer. After graduating from the Spring Valley High School she went on to school and became a beautician. By the age of 19, she had already established her own beauty salon in Spring Valley.

She married Allen Golden in 1939 and bore three sons. Tom ( Mary Kaye), Barry(Connie) and Bill (Susan).  Margaret is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 7 great, great grandchildren.

Margaret was known throughout the area as a woman of great compassion and generosity.  Her life long and selfless caregiving extended from the 1950’s and 60’s with her daily support of several dying neighbors to the 35 years she worked as a CNA at the Spring Valley Nursing Home.  She retired from the nursing home three times, the last being in her 80’s. When the Nursing Home called her again for backup help, she finally said “no I think I’ll retire for good.”

Margaret was known far and wide as the “pie lady.”  She loved making apple pies and at her peak was making over 150 pies every fall with about half being given away to family, neighbors and friends.  She was also known for her doughnuts and long johns which brought frequent surprise visits from neighbors and friends. She was the ultimate example of a caring and supportive woman who was loved by the community.

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