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Margret McCarter

Margret Louise McCarter, 98, of Estes Park passed away on November 25, 2008. Margret Louise Rucker was born in Lewistown, Illinois, August 21, 1910 to Earnest W. and Angeline S. Rucker, both deceased. In 1926, she attended a Girl Reserve Conference at the YMCA in Estes Park. She represented her high school in a state debate and dramatic contests, was editor of the Buckhorn school paper and graduated 2nd in her class in 1928 and was on the Oklahoma State Honor Roll.
She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, was President of Burrall Bible Class, told bedtime stories on the radio, was on the soccer team and was a member of the Delta Rho Alpha Sorority. Margret graduated in 1930. She moved to Rocky Ford, Colorado and became head librarian of the Carnegie Library.

On December 24, 1931 she married John O. Gaskill, who worked for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and they were transferred to Fort Collins in July 1932. They became the parents of John Richard, October 8, 1933; Jack Donald, December 9, 1935; Robert Allen, June 20, 1938; and William Earnest, August 29, 1942. They lived on a 10 acre tract and the boys were involved in 4H, Boy Scouts, school sports and church activities. Later, Orestes Pino from Cuba, was welcomed into the Gaskill family and is an American Citizen. The parents were involved in these activities, and Margret became a member of the Mother’s Athletic Club.

Margret helped start the Meals on Wheels program in Fort Collins, and continued with it in Estes Park, was Crew Leader for the 1950 Larimer County U.S. Census, Lookout on West White Pine Fire Tower, secretary to an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James D. Stewart, Educational and Youth Director in 1st United Methodist Church, member of Coruscate Club, PEO and Washington Club, assisted in teaching Christian Sexuality for parents and youth, camp director both for Rocky Mountain Methodist Conference and First United Methodist Church.   She took classes at CSU.

The Gaskills moved to Estes Park in 1976. After John retired from government work, she accompanied him to South America to work on the yellow wilt sugar beet disease. Later they were guests working with the Hellenic Sugar Company in Greece. John died December 10, 1981.
After his death, Margret worked as cashier and seating hostess at the Villager Restaurant, was a charter member of the Estes Park United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was president of AARP and the Estes Park Red Cross during the Lawn Lake flood, secretary of EVIA, President of Estes Park Woman’s Club, a life member of Elizabeth Guild Hospital Auxiliary and Narfe, a member of chapter HZ of PEO, Friends of the Library, YMCA Fine Arts Guild, Art Center, Senior Center, Estes Park Historical Museum, worked at the Elizabeth Guild Shop. She enjoyed painting, pen and ink drawing and many crafts.

She married Harry W. McCarter on May 1, 1988. They both enjoyed fishing, traveling, reading, river rafting and dancing and were members of the Friday Niters dance club. As members of the RSVP, they spent many hours at the Elizabeth Guild Shop, church activities and other community projects.

Margret is survived by her husband, Harry McCarter, five sons and a niece, Susan Waterbury, 17 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the United Methodist Church in Estes Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Estes Park Library or Estes Park Medical Center in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517.

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