Margaret M. Kettering, 91, of Billings, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, at St. Vincent Healthcare. Margaret was a resident of Mission Ridge at the time of her death.
Margaret was born in Marion, Ill., on Sept. 8, 1923, to Martin and Dorothy (Fricke) Allwardt. She was baptized and confirmed at United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peace in Steeleville, Ill., and graduated from high school in Burlington, Iowa, in 1941, where she was honored to be named Class Valedictorian.
On Oct. 10, 1944, Margaret was united in marriage to Phillip Kettering in Burlington, Iowa. From this marriage, Phil and Margaret were blessed with three sons: Tom, Tim and Phil. They eventually relocated to San Antonio, Texas, where they remained until their return to Billings following Phil’s retirement from Exxon in 1982. Margaret continued to reside in their family home in Billings following Phil’s death in 1990, until her move to Mission Ridge in August of 2014. Phil and Margaret’s passion for family and friends took them all over the country in their retirement years, visiting and spending time with their children, grandchildren and friends. Margaret was always lovingly proud of her family and remained a vital and active part of their lives in many ways, including Facebook and email on her iPad. Her engaging personality and love of people made her move to Mission Ridge a rich and rewarding experience.
Margaret was active in her faith, serving on the Altar Guild and Church Council at Christ Lutheran Church in San Antonio and First English Lutheran Church in Billings. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, bridge and feeding and watching the birds from her kitchen window.
Margaret is survived by her three sons, Tom (Marlene) of Canton, Ga., Tim (Clara) of Garland, Texas, Phil (Janet) of Dawson, Minn.; and Gail (Tim) Janiak of Billings, whom she loved as the daughter she never had; her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous other family and friends.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Phil; her sister, Jeanette (Dale); her brother-in-law, Bob (Anoland); and her sister-in-law Jean (Cy).
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at First English Lutheran Church of Billings, with Rev. Stacy Siebrasse officiating. A fellowship lunch to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society are greatly appreciated.