Margaret Alys Jett Corson, 85, passed away December 31, 2013 of natural causes.
Born in Gering, Nebraska on October 25, 1928 to Harrison Benjamin and Laura Margaret Jett, Margy lived most of her life in Kansas City, Kansas until moving to Billings, Montana in 1996 and to Missoula in 2013. She is predeceased by her adoring husband of 58 years, Donald Harley Corson, Jr. She is survived by her son Scott Corson (Kimberly) of Walker, Minnesota; daughter JoAnn Corson Bacheller of Missoula; granddaughters Anna Daron Bacheller and Bridget and Marilyn Corson; and her brother Harry Joe Jett (Ann) of Salina, Kansas.
After high school in Kansas City, Margy attended Kansas State University until marrying Don in September 1948. She lacked one semester from finishing her degree in home economics and was fond of saying it was because Don, in the Navy and eager to marry, advanced their wedding date three times.
She was the quintessential homemaker and created an idyllic home environment for her family. Her house sparkled. She played and read with her children. She sang while she worked. And each day she gathered her family around the dinner table for carefully prepared meals which represented every food group.
In the Kansas City community, Margy enjoyed volunteering through the Junior League and played a number of roles in its children’s theater productions. Watching the plays with grade school classes from all over the city, Scott and JoAnn particularly remember her role as Storyteller, when she would appear on stage before each scene to narrate the story. China-doll beautiful and dressed in clouds of glittered pink netting, she was magic!
In Billings, people who knew Don and Margy will remember their incredible devotion to each other. Until Don’s Alzheimer’s disease separated them toward the end of his life, they were together constantly. Always Don cared for Margy as if she were a princess, but as his personal needs intensified, the princess took off her white gloves and their nurturing roles reversed. Never was her personal strength more apparent.
Scott and JoAnn, recognizing that children don’t choose their parents, have long been thankful they were born to Don and Margy.
Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary in Billings is in charge of arrangements.
Private services are pending. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to charities of one’s choice.