Margaret Myles Glynn passed away peacefully on the evening of February 21,2013 in Billings. She will be remembered as a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and a woman always on the go!
Margaret was born on January 4, 1933 in Helena, Montana to Robert and Florence Myles. She grew up on the family ranch near East Helena, Montana and was proud of her ranching heritage. Margaret would often tell her grandchildren about her adventures of riding her horse to attend a one-room school, and her reign as champion of the Broadwater County magpie contest. She graduated from Helena High and Montana State University in 1955. During her college years, Margaret was president of the Pi Phi House (1953-54), as well as a member of the Spurs honorary organization, It was at MSU where she met her future husband, Don Glynn. Margaret and Don were married on September 12, 1954 in Helena, enjoying 57years together. After several moves with the military, a stint living on the family ranch at Two Dot, Montana, Don and Margaret settled in Billings where they raised two children, Gary and Lori.
Margaret worked for Billings Public Schools for 26 years. She began her career as a school secretary at Rose Park and Washington Elementary Schools. Margaret taught Home Economics at West High and later developed the Merchandising and Home Design class at the Career Center. Margaret was honored to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles during this time. She was an energetic teacher and was rewarded for her achievements by receiving the Golden Apple Award in 1989. A friend wrote to her, “You loved what you were doing. It’s great that those you touched loved it, too.”
Margaret enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to Europe, Japan, Africa, boating down the canals of England, and biking through the wine country in France. Coronado, California was a favorite winter get-away. Margaret was a great cook, and enjoyed entertaining. After Margaret retired, she took up bike riding. On most summer mornings, Margaret and her friends could be seen biking all around Billings, always stopping for coffee and a chat before heading home to get the day started. Margaret was a member of AAUW and Home Ec Club. Margaret treasured spending time with her grandchildren and was always involved in their activities.
Margaret is survived by her husband, Don, son Gary (Mary) of Missoula, daughter Lori Williams (Dave), five grandchildren, Carly, Casey, and Kirsty Williams, and Kelsey and Connor Glynn, brother Alfred Myles (Molly) of Townsend, MT, and brother-in-law Martin Glynn (Vonnie) of Bozeman, and several nieces and nephews.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harold Myles, and sister-in-law Valerie Glynn Brinkman.
The family would like to thank the crew at Highgate Cottage for their compassion and care for Margaret over the last few years.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 2:00.
Memorials can be sent to the Ronald McDonald House, the Special K Ranch (PO Box 479, Columbus, MT 59019), or the charity of your choice.