Margaret Ann Blair was born February 15, 1933, at Cookson OK to Rance and Gertie Blair. She attended elementary school at Cookson and Qualls. She was an exceptional student and graduated from Central High School in Tahlequah, in 1949 at the age of 16. She attended Northeastern State Teachers College (NSU), where she enjoyed being a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Education at the age of 20 in 1953. Upon graduation, she moved to Tulsa to be near her older sisters and to find employment. While in Tulsa, she met Clyde Cain, and their 45 year relationship began.
In the 1950s, Margaret and Clyde were raising children while living and working in Muskogee, Tulsa, Houston and Kansas City. They returned to Tahlequah in 1962 and established the Pictorial Press, which survives today as the Tahlequah Daily Press. In 1968 Margaret received her Masters Degree from NSU and taught school at Oaks Mission and Tahlequah High School, where she taught English, History and Journalism. She moved to Muskogee in 1976 where she and Clyde owned Select Carpets. From 1978 to 1994, she was very proud to work for US Congressman Mike Synar, and to actively serve her community through the Muskogee City-County Library, Women in Safe Homes (WISH) American Association of University Women (AAUW) and League of Women Voters. In 1994 Margaret was employed by the VA Regional Office in Muskogee and retired from there on March 13, 2010, at age 72, with 30 years of federal service.
Margaret was a life-long Democrat and proud to be called Liberal. She was a voracious reader and traveler, and was passionate about British and American history. She was a wonderful mother, a compassionate confidant, an excellent seamstress and a good cook. She enjoyed genealogy, was genuinely curious and had an insatiable need to know. She was not a complainer and always had a positive outlook on life. She was an advocate of equal rights and championed the underdog. Her spiritual journey took her from the Methodist Church to the Catholic Church, and finally to Grace Episcopal Church, where she was a member for 27 years.
Margaret passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in Muskogee. She is preceded in death by her parents, Rance and Gertie Blair, her sisters, Jewell Cookson, Edna Mae Hayes and Louise New. She is also preceded by her husband Clyde, and by her oldest daughter, Lianne. She is survived by her daughters Michelle and husband Alan Kirk of Tulsa, Marissa and husband Scott Wiseley of Tahlequah, and Jennifer and husband Paul Sparks of Fort Gibson. Margaret had four children, 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. The friends she leaves are as numerous as the stars.
Services will be held at 2pm Friday February 10th, at Grace Episcopal Church, 6th & Court Street in Muskogee. A reception with refreshments will follow in the Parish Hall.
Interment of ashes will be at Levi Cookson Cemetery, near Tahlequah.
In lieu of flowers, Margaret preferred donations to Grace Episcopal Church, MoveOn.org and any social program that support arts, education, humanities and social services.
Published on February 3, 2017