Margaret Ann McLeod Lehman, 95, died in her sleep on August 27th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was born to Edward Duncan and Eliza Gaffney McLeod on December 10, 1921, in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Margaret Ann spent her childhood in Guthrie, growing up among several aunts, uncles and cousins. She graduated from Guthrie High School as Valedictorian of her class. It was while she was a youngster in Guthrie that she met her future husband, Ray, who was a year older and delighted in teasing her.
She attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a degree in business administration. At OU, she was a member of Kappa Phi and Mortar Board. During college, she and Ray were active in the Wesley Foundation of McFarlin Methodist Church, where they made life-long friends. After college, she taught English and Speech at Orlando, Oklahoma high school while Ray was overseas during WWII. She enjoyed OU football games and actively attended them long after she left college, with many of those Wesley friends.
Margaret Ann and Ray were married on January 20, 1943, while Ray was on leave from the army. After a honeymoon in Mexico, Ray returned to active duty in WWII. After the war, Ray and Margaret Ann established an insurance business in Muskogee, which thrived for several years, before Ray was lured by Jim Egan to work for the H. B. Egan Manufacturing Company, maker of Camel brand tire patches and repair materials. Margaret Ann and Ray celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in January 2013.
Ray and Margaret Ann enjoyed starting their married life in Muskogee, where they made many friends through their churches, first, at Trinity United Methodist and then First United Methodist.
Margaret Ann was an avid reader and was continually curious about the world around her. She was fond of reviewing books and presenting programs through her memberships in New Century Club and Chapter B of PEO.
In addition, Margaret Ann served as President of United Methodist Women, President of the Salvation Army Auxiliary, and annually organized bell ringers for the Christmas season. She was very proud of her heritage, having achieved membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Foremost a mother, Margaret Ann was passionate about her children and their education. Annually, she meticulously researched and planned family vacations with the intended goal that the family should visit all 50 states and should learn the history and see the sights that those states offered. Margaret Ann and Ray did eventually travel to all 50 states, plus Europe and Asia.
A creative streak led Margaret Ann to devote countless hours planning the design and decoration of the Crestwood Drive home that she and Ray would build in 1958. Always the welcoming hostess, Margaret Ann loved entertaining the bridge club, charades group, literary clubs and family making sure that the white linens were crisp, the silver was gleaming, the fresh flowers were abundant and the food was delicious. Christmas was a favorite holiday for which she decorated, baked and cooked with great enthusiasm.
Her sons Edward of New York City, and John, John's wife, Christine Carlson, and their two children, Ellen and Carlson, of Philadelphia, survive Margaret Ann. Ray, preceded her in death in 2013. Numerous nieces, nephews and their children also survive her.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to the Salvation Army or the First United Methodist Church.
A funeral service celebrating the life of Margaret Ann will be at 10:30 am, Friday, September 1, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Muskogee with Dr. Jack Kemper officiating.
The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral and Cremation Service with the arrangements. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.bradleyfuneralservice.com
Published on August 29, 2017