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Margaret Alice Maxwell

With profound sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of our dear mother Margaret Alice Maxwell on March 30, 2020.  Her many friends knew her as Margie. Her family knew her as Mumdiddlywashing.  She was the devoted mother of seven children: Susan (John), Donald (Sandy), Betsy (Bill), Amy (Gus), Laura (Gary), Mary (Steven) and Martha (Rees); proud grandmother of many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in March of 1932, she grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan with her brother Robert and her sister Mary. Margie graduated from Stevens College in Columbia, Missouri, which is where she fell in love with and married Robert Edgar Maxwell in July, 1951.  She was preceded in death by her son Donald Owen Maxwell, grandson Daniel Robert Zagorski, her parents, and her brother and sister.

Margie and Bob lived in Chicago while he was stationed there by the Army during the Korean conflict.  They later moved to Osage Beach, Missouri to work a family poultry farm, which they transformed in 1962 into Dogwood Hills, the first public golf course at the Lake of the Ozarks. In 1983 they moved to Crested Butte, Colorado. They divorced in 1991. After living in many different places, Margie settled in Ogden, Utah in 2004.

Margie was an extraordinary person with many interests and talents. Not only did she care for her large family, she and Bob ran a farm providing eggs and chickens to the restaurants around the Lake of the Ozarks. She sold knitting machines, tailored clothing, made clothing for all her children and was a wonderful cook and baker. She had a soft spot for cats and never lived a day in her adult life without a kitty on her lap. But her true passion and genuine talent was in photography. She loved to drive around the countryside photographing old barns, interesting people and animals. She documented many weddings and special events and loved to capture the candid view of people’s lives. Many people may know of her incredible images of Genesis, Phil Collins, and so many others which appeared in many books and albums. She appeared in several Genesis music videos. Music and photography together brought her so much joy.  

And then she discovered Africa! She travelled to Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana many times, photographing the wild animals and big cats. When she wasn’t in Kenya, she was planning her next trip. She developed a close relationship with a small Kenyan community, becoming an honorary member of their extended family. Her compassion for people and animals was an inspiration to many. She was a member of Amnesty International and taught her children to see that every person deserved to be treated with respect.

Margie loved life, adventure, people, animals and beauty.

A private celebration of Margie’s life will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers please donate to your local animal shelter. 

Hakuna Matata!


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Oh No Margie, How I hated Finding you on here like this. I have been looking for You For Years! I have all the picture postcards of You & whichever animal kingdom kitty you had that year! Always around Christmas. And YOU never had a return address! Had No Clue where you were. I had posted a picture of All Your Girls on a staircase that you had given Me in hopes I'd find you. My Heart Is Filled with Wonderful memories of you. You were Part Of Our Gang. And I bet Your Boys From here Rick & Tiny , Met you at the gate. They left before you... We all Loved You & Enjoyed Your stories Of Your Many adventures.. You sure made sure you filled every second of life.... I know You considered Phil your Son & How Great That must have been to take the photos & be in videos. And Africa & All The Animals & On & On. Many people in Our Sunny Little Town In Independence , Kansas STILL ask about you... I will go thru My many pictures & Post some of our memories of You.... Every Time I pass your house on 4th St. I smile. I swear I smell those Wonderful biscuits you always had for everyone when They dropped by. We sure did have a wonderful group of friends... I'm heartbroken I never found you. May You Rest In Peace Margie. We All Loved You .... And I Love The picture of You that is posted.... Say Hi to All The people You Love That I Loved...

Marianne ( Girls Night Out ) Oct 13 2020 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear about your mother and my prayers go out to you. When I thought of her and you kids, wonderful memories flooded my heart that I hadn't thought about in years. She and you were like an extension of our family.

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Kay Winn Allen May 2 2020 12:00 AM

Aunt Margie would always make us precious milkshakes when we were little, she made a wonderful knit hat that I still wear every winter, and she taught us to not eat bad, bad, white stuff (a warning about sugar and processed food!). We cant help think of her without smiling.

Kathy Granas Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

Mumdiddley brought a bright light and so much happiness into my life like no other person I have ever met.

Her wonderful smile, her laughter, those happy feet and of course, her own beautiful kindness shown to me over our 38 years of friendship.

With her deep knowledge and passion for music and photography and a unique zest for all the things that made her happy in life, it was a joy to witness and to be a part of.

I will miss her so very deeply but I will never ever forget the wonderful times we had together as we travelled those thousands of miles.

I send all my love to the whole family and please know that you will all remain in my thoughts and prayers.

God bless sweet lady.
Dance Into The Light.
Graham xx

Graham Collins Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM

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